The St. Louis Cardinals’ self-touted image as a wholesome organization took a bit of a hit Tuesday with news the FBI is investigating their front office for hacking into Houston Astros’ internal networks.
On the surface, such an act appears perplexing when considering the Astros are in the American League West and the Cardinals in the National League Central division. However, the connection can be found in Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, hired by Houston in 2011 and who previously worked for the Cardinals.
While it has yet to be confirmed, there’s suspicion the 10 month’s worth of leaked Astros documents last season may be tied to the Cardinals’ hacking. The released documents included trade talks between the Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers that centered around Carl Crawford.
Despite his trouble against the Cardinals in the postseason, Clayton Kershaw wholeheartedly doesn’t believe St. Louis may have gone to similar lengths in order to find success against him, according to Bill Plaschke of the LA Times:
Kershaw was asked Tuesday whether he thought the Cardinals could have used anything against him. “No,” he said, then picked up a stack of statistical notes and his research while noting it was available to everyone. “I don’t know anything but if the FBI’s involved, it’s a criminal act,” he said of the Cardinals. “Stealing pitches isn’t a criminal act, it’s part of the game.”
New to the Dodgers, but not new sharing witty remarks over Twitter, Brandon McCarthy suggested a possible solution:
in keeping with baseball tradition, a Houston exec should walk into the STL offices and hit their best front office guy with a fastball
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) June 16, 2015
The Dodgers finished the season series 2-5 against the Cardinals and the next earliest date in which they’ll possibly meet again isn’t until October. As for what may lie ahead in the more immediate future, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said during a Tuesday press conference the league was cooperating with the investigation and would not speculate on possible punishment.