The St. Louis Cardinals just announced that scouting director Chris Correa has been fired. Although no specific reason was given for the firing, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Correa was let go because he participated in last year’s hack of the Astros’ internal database.
Here’s the Post-Dispatch:
Correa has admitted hacking into a Houston Astros database but said it was only to verify that the Astros had stolen proprietary data, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.
Correa did not leak any Astros data, and is not responsible for additional hacks that the FBI has alleged occurred or leaking any data, said the source.
There’s no reason to doubt the validity of this information—scouting director is pretty high up on the organizational chart, and the Cardinals must have had a good reason for firing Correa—but it’s hard not raise an eyebrow at the impartiality of the Post-Dispatch’s source. Denying responsibility for the leak and claiming that Correa wasn’t looking to steal anything sure feels like the work of a Cardinals source who’s trying to move this story along as fast as possible.