Spygate II: The FBI vs. the Cardinals

ESPN—-The St. Louis Cardinals are being investigated by the FBI for allegedly hacking into networks and trying to steal information about the Houston Astros, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Major League Baseball, the Cardinals and Astros all issued statements Tuesday saying they have cooperated fully with the investigation, which started last year after some information was posted anonymously online.

According to ESPN legal analyst Lester Munson, the federal investigation is close to conclusion.

The Times reported Tuesday that the FBI and Justice Department officials have evidence that Cardinals officials — who were not identified — allegedly tapped into the Astros’ database and had access to statistics, scouting reports and internal discussions about players, trades and other proprietary information.

“Major League Baseball has been aware of and has fully cooperated with the federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Astros’ baseball operations database,” the MLB statement said. “Once the investigative process has been completed by federal law enforcement officials, we will evaluate the next steps and will make decisions promptly.”

The Astros and Cardinals added that they would not comment further as it’s an ongoing federal investigation.

There’s more on the story if you click on the link, but this excerpt from the ESPN report about the Cardinals is just…..AMAZING.

The FBI is doing something that no other team in baseball seems to have been able to do over the past decade, take down the St. Louis Cardinals. The Feds reportedly busted Cardinals officials hacking into the Houston Astros databases and got all types of information on scouting and players and all sorts of stuff like that. This is weird because it’s unprecedented in baseball. That’s why I think the public reaction hasn’t really been that negative, because I don’t think anybody understands what’s going on…I sure as hell don’t.

I think we’re all waiting to find out what this all means and how this gave the Cardinals a competitive advantage, because at the end of the day, that’s all we really want, to know how much the Cards were cheating, how long they were doing it for, and how can we use this as an excuse for why we always lose to them. Does this mean that they’ll relinquish the 2006 NLCS and that’ll go to the Mets? Probably not, but a boy can dream, can’t he?

We’ve seen this story before, albeit not in baseball, but at the end of the day we sorta already know what’ll happen. The Cardinals will have to forfeit a draft pick or something, pay some fine, and Tom Brady will be suspended four more games…..That’s just how this kind of thing works


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