HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge sentenced the former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals to nearly four years in prison on Monday for hacking the Houston Astros’ player personnel database and email system in an unusual case of high-tech cheating involving two Major League Baseball clubs.
Correa read a letter in court before he was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Lynn Hughes, and he said he was “overwhelmed with remorse and regret for my actions.”
“I violated my values and it was wrong,” he said “The whole episode represents the worst thing I’ve done in my life by far.”
Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. had blamed the hack on “roguish behavior” by a handful of individuals. No one else was charged.
M.L.B. could discipline the Cardinals, possibly with a fine or a loss of draft picks, but has said only that it looked forward to receiving details on the case from federal authorities. M.L.B. will conduct its own investigation so that Commissioner Rob Manfred will be in a position “to take appropriate action,” the league said.
Luhnow has not commented in detail about the case, though he has denied using any of the Cardinals’ intellectual property or information from Redbird to create Houston’s database.
The Cardinals are among baseball’s most successful franchises on and off the field. Only the Yankees have more World Series titles than the 11 won by St. Louis. The Astros and Cardinals were rivals in the National League Central until Houston moved to the American League in 2013.