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St. Louis Cardinals Being Investigated By FBI

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St. Louis Cardinals Being Investigated By FBI

St. Louis, MO (KTRS)  The St. Louis Cardinals are being investigated by the FBI. The New York Times is reporting  that the FBI is investigating whether or not front office officials for the St. Louis Cardinals, hacked into internal networks of a rival team to steal closely guarded information about player personnel. According to law enforcement […]

St. Louis Cardinals Being Investigated By FBI

St. Louis, MO (KTRS)  The St. Louis Cardinals are being investigated by the FBI.

The New York Times is reporting  that the FBI is investigating whether or not front office officials for the St. Louis Cardinals, hacked into internal networks of a rival team to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.

According to law enforcement officials, investigators have uncovered evidence that Cardinals officials broke into a network of the Houston Astros that housed special databases the team had built.

The Cardinals released a statement stating, “The St. Louis Cardinals are aware of the investigation into the security breach of the Houston Astros’ database.  The team has fully cooperated with the investigation and will continue to do so.  Given that this is an ongoing federal investigation, it is not appropriate for us to comment further.”

News of the investigation caught manager Mike Matheny off guard before Tuesday’s game versus the Minnesota Twins.

“I got pulled out of the weight room this morning and was informed there was a story,” said Matheny.

News of the Astros’ network being compromised first came out in June, 2014, when the website Deadspin posted a story detailing how internal trade talks were posted anonymously on anonbin.com.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow joined the Astros in December, 2011, after nine seasons in the Cardinals front office.  From 2006-2011 he was the Cardinals’ Vice President of Scouting and Player Development where he played a pivotal role in the drafting and signing of amateur talent that has contributed to St. Louis’ string of four consecutive postseason appearances from 20011-2014.

Authorities have not released any details on which Cardinals employees are at the center of this investigation.

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