Major League Baseball has come to a conclusion on an investigation involving the St. Louis Cardinals. After wrapping up an investigation regarding the breach of the Astros’ baseball operations database by a former Cardinals’ employee, scouting director Chris Correa, St. Louis is in trouble.
The Cardinals will be punished in a few costly ways. It will cost them money and draft picks. Major League Baseball is ordering the Cardinals to surrender a pair of picks in the 2017 draft, and $2 million to the Houston Astros. The MLB announced the punishment for the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, according to ESPN.
Correa has also been placed on the “permanently ineligible list, effective immediately. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred also insisted that the $2 million be paid to the Astros within a timeline of 30 days. St. Louis appears to be more than willing to meet their orders.
Cardinals Chairman and CEO said, We respect the Commissioner’s decision and appreciate that there is now a final resolution to this matter,””Commissioner Manfred’s findings are fully consistent with our own investigation’s conclusion that this activity was isolated to a single individual.”
Cardinals General Manager also touched on the issue saying that the team has learned a lot and are taking concrete steps towards making sure there is not another incident similar to Correa’s. The Houston Astros released a statement saying that they support the ruling and penalties on the Cardinals.
Houston will be compensated for their time involved with legal, and league investigations. Correa pleaded guilty in Federal court on Jan 8. He pled guilty for five counts of unauthorized access of a protecting computer for intruding into the Astros’ email system and analytical scouting database in 2013 and 2014.
He was first fired by the Cardinals in 2015. He was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison on July 18, 2016 and ordered to pay Houston $279,038.65 as restitution. Correa is believed to be the sole person responsible for the breach, and he kept his findings to himself.
Unfortunately the Cardinals will have to pay for his actions. Last season the Cardinals had a solid campaign although they did not advance to postseason play. St. Louis wrapped up the season going second place of the NL Central, with a record of 86-76. The playoffs were not in the picture for them but given the Chicago Cubs were in their division it might make sense.
Chicago wrapped up the year with the best record in baseball, going 103-58 on the season. St. Louis trailed them by nearly 17 games. Chicago went on to make history by winning their first World Series in over a century of baseball.
Can the St. Louis Cardinals recover from giving up two draft picks? Should the Cardinals be punished for Correa’s wrong doing? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary By Cody Macleod