Yesterday, Major League Baseball handed down its (by all accounts, light) punishment for the St. Louis Cardinals in their hacking of the Houston Astros. Today, the man at the center of the scandal is speaking out -- and making some accusations about current Brewers GM David Stearns.
Former Cardinals amateur scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced to four years in prison last summer for his role in the hacking after pleading guilty to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer between 2013 and 2014. The Cardinals chalked it up to a few rogue members of the organization, but nobody else was charged in the case.
Correa took to Twitter today, sending out a statement that amounts to "Well, Houston did it first!"
Statement regarding MLB Cooperation pic.twitter.com/MBwYoZ48PN— Chris Correa (@chriscorrea) January 31, 2017
Stearns was hired as Houston's Assistant GM in November 2012, and served in that role until he was hired by the Brewers in September 2015. While the alleged hacking of the Cardinals by the Astros happened nearly a full year before Stearns joined the staff, Correa seems to be saying Stearns knew about the hacking, or at the very least, knew about the fruits that came from stolen data. Houston General Manager Jeff Luhnow left the St. Louis organization to take the Astros GM job in December 2011.
It's worth noting that Major League Baseball spent years investigating Houston's claims about the Cardinals' hacking habits, and it's hard to believe the Cardinals would not have reported their own suspicions about the Astros to the league during the course of that investigation.
The league has yet to indicate the Astros did anything wrong, and it seems unlikely they would have awarded Houston draft picks if they were just as guilty as Correa claims.
Stearns missed last weekend’s Brewers On Deck event while on his honeymoon and hasn’t commented yet on the Cardinals’ punishment or any other allegations. Houston says they’ll no longer be commenting on the case now that it’s been resolved.
Major League Baseball issued the following statement in response to Chris Correa: