Yesterday, the MLB agreed on a discipline the St. Louis Cardinals will face after former scouting director Chris Correa hacked the Houston Astros.
The Cardinals were forced to hand over their top two draft picks and pay a $2-million fine.
Despite admitting in court that he, Correa, had informed colleagues of what he had done, commissioner Manfred along with investigators said no one else was involved.
Today, Correa made headlines by accusing the Astros of their own devious computer work. Here is what he had to say:
In 2015, I admitted to unauthorized computer access and volunteered to meet with the commissioner to answer my questions and share my concerns about intellectual property theft. I offered to fly to New York. In June, I suggested a meeting during his visit to Busch Stadium.
The commissioner was unresponsive.
I am unimpressed with Major League Baseball’s commitment to fair and just sanctions in this matter. The Cardinals were not the organization that benefited from unauthorized access.
On December 21, 2001, a Houston Astros employee accessed proprietary data on a St. Louis Cardinals server. Later, I would learn – through unlawful methods – that Cardinals’ data were used extensively from 2012 through 2014. Houston Astros employees used the data to replicate and evaluate key algorithms and decision tools related to amateur and professional player evaluation. Many individuals throughout the Houston organization, including the General Manager and Assistant General Manager, were included in e-mail discussions about these efforts.
I accept responsibility for my wrongful actions and am paying my debt to society. The Cardinals organization must now pay a heavy price as well.
But punishment does not function as a deterrent when sanctions are applied arbitrarily.
I will have no further comment on this matter while I am incarcerated.
Correa has claimed he accessed the Astros’ computer system because he was suspicious that they had stolen data belonging to the Cardinals. The Houston Astros have not responded to the accusations from the Houston Astros.