Commissioner finally punishes Cardinals and rewards Astros in information stealing scandal. Tuesday, January 31, 2017 9:31 AM
About five years ago Jeff Luhnow had Chris Correa and Sig Mejdal
working for him in the St. Louis Cardinals analytics group. They were using a proprietary database ...
Luhnow was hired by Houston, presumably for more money and power, along with Mejdal ...
Correa subsequently ... logged in (to the Houston database system) as them...
... the U.S. Attorney's office in Houston became involved. In January 2016 Chris Correa took a deal and was sentenced to four years in federal prison. FOUR YEARS...
So what the heck is going on here? The punishment is for the Cardinals organization but no individuals, other than Correa who was caught red handed, have been held accountable.
Continuing from the title of this post to quote from Chris Correa's message today on twitter:
On December 21, 2011, 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 my responsibility for my wrongful actions and am paying my debt to society...
... punishment does not function as a deterrent when applied arbitrarily.
I will have no further comment on this matter while I am incarcerated.
Wow! Wow! This is explosive.
Correa is directly, without explicitly naming them, accusing both Jeff Luhnow and Sig Mejdal of accessing "proprietary data on a St. Louis Cardinals server... Cardinals data ... used extensively from 2012 through 2014". At least some of Correa's information was obtained "through unlawful methods". However, that does not necessarily mean that federal prosecutors, either in Houston or St. Louis, could not have obtained that information is such a way that it could be used in federal court.
1. The federal prosecutors in Houston, home of the Astros, brought charges against St. Louis Cardinal Chris Correa.
2. If Correa's accusations against former St. Louis employees who currently work for Houston were supported by evidence that could be used in federal court, why didn't the Houston federal prosecutors bring charges against the home team employees in Houston?
3. Or, why didn't St. Louis federal prosecutors bring charges against the former St. Louis employees currently working for Houston?
4. If Correa's accusations are supported but by evidence that is not admissible in a court of law, why didn't the commissioner, who personally used such evidence in secret against Alex Rodriguez, use it to discipline Houston Astros executives Jeff Luhnow and Sig Mejdal?
5. Correa's final point may be to obtain his early release from federal prison in exchange for his cooperation and information about unlawful activities by Jeff Luhnow and Sig Mejdal, now working for the Houston Astros.
Commissioner Rob Manfred, the A-Rod Slayer, issued a statement that seems evasive and possibly self serving. Manfred consistently demonstrated as chief prosecutor for his predecessor, Commissioner Allen Huber "Bud" Selig, recently elected to the Hall of Fame, a zeal to use information no matter how it was obtained, including some that was stolen. Manfred also made payments to obtain such information.
Where's there's a will, there's a way.