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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Charges pending in alleged St. Louis Cardinals computer intrusion of Houston Astros - CNNPolitics.com

Correa’s attorney, Nicholas Williams, said: “Mr. Correa denies any illegal conduct. The relevant inquiry should be what information did former St. Louis Cardinals employees steal from the St. Louis Cardinals organization prior to joining the Houston Astros, and who in the Houston Astros organization authorized, consented to, or benefited from that roguish behavior.”

The probe by investigators at the FBI’s Houston office is complete, according to officials briefed on the matter, but is awaiting action by the Houston U.S. attorney’s office. A U.S. attorney spokeswoman didn’t respond to a request for comment.

A spokeswoman for the Houston U.S. attorney’s office said “no charges have been filed and we obviously cannot provide any information that is not contained in our public court record nor confirm or deny the existence or non-existence of an investigation.”

FBI spokeswoman Shauna Dunlap said the agency “aggressively investigates all potential threats to public and private sector systems.”

“Once our investigations are complete, we pursue all appropriate avenues to hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace,” she said.

The intrusion isn’t considered computer hacking. Instead, investigators believe Cardinals employees used an old password belonging to a former employee who went to work for the Astros in order to gain access to the Astros database.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Cardinals fire Scouting Director for hacking Astros

Correa has admitted hacking into a Houston Astros database but said it was only to verify whether 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.

Dan The Mediocre Posted: July 02, 2015 at 05:36 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, hacking, scouting

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

F.B.I. Struggles to Pinpoint the Fingers Behind a Hacking - The New York Times

More info about the hack.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2015 at 06:24 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Analytics at heart of Cards’ success, federal probe : Sports

A history of the Cardinals’ Baseball Development department

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2015 at 10:31 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, sabermetrics

Friday, June 19, 2015

As Cardinals acknowledge ‘rogue element’ in hacking of Astros, a third breach is found - Ultimate Astros

What a mess.

The Chronicle on Thursday learned that the Cardinals had unauthorized access to Astros information as early as 2012, a year earlier than was previously known. Cards owner Bill DeWitt Jr., meanwhile, for the first time acknowledged that his organization had played a role in accessing proprietary information belonging to the Astros, blaming “roguish behavior.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 03:18 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

Exclusive: Astros’ Jeff Luhnow on Cardinals hacking scandal - MLB - SI.com

Among other comments.

One was the implication that the hackers had been able to gain access to the Astros’ database—which is called Ground Control and contains scouting and medical reports and statistical projections, among other data—because he had failed to change his old passwords. “That’s absolutely false,” said Luhnow, who worked as a technology executive before he began his career in baseball. “I absolutely know about password hygiene and best practices. I’m certainly aware of how important passwords are, as well as of the importance of keeping them updated. A lot of my job in baseball, as it was in high tech, is to make sure that intellectual property is protected. I take that seriously and hold myself and those who work for me to a very high standard.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 06:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, jeff luhnow

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pretty Good, episode 3: Lonnie Smith fought the 1980s and beat its ass down

This is pretty good.

Lonnie Smith is mostly remembered for about a five-second span of the 1991 World Series, but his entire career is one of the most fascinating sports stories of my lifetime.

 


Cardinals GM John Mozeliak committed to find out what happened

“Unequivocally,” Mozeliak said, “I knew nothing about this.”

He just wants answers.
Cardinals owner on investigation: ‘These are serious allegations’

“I don’t know the outcome of this or where it’s going to go,” he said, “but our hope is that when everything comes to light, people will realize that it wasn’t something that was organizationalwide. It shouldn’t be something that takes away from any of the success this organization has had.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

FBI probe of Cardinals makes it fair to question series with Dodgers - LA Times

So, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about in two sports.

Just call them the New England Cardinals … or maybe the St. Louis Patriots … or maybe just call them phonies in the wake of a New York Times report that they are being investigated by the FBI for hacking computer networks and stealing information about the Houston Astros.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Deadspin: The hottest possible take on the Cardinals hacking the Astros

This take is somewhat hotter than the core of the Sun.

There is, of course, only one course of action that baseball can take in the wake of this hilarious, impossibly joyful development: CONTRACT THE CARDINALS. That’s right. Destroy them. Raze their stadium. Arrest their players and fans. Intern them all in some kind of horrible Bud Light Mixx Tail tent (with a dress code), where they can wander around in a daze, whispering to each other, “They said it could never happen here, but it DID.”

That is what the Cardinals deserve for lording their superiority over the rest of baseball for decades now. No more Busch. No more best fans in baseball. No more computer hacks that let them get by superior teams in the playoffs and then pass it off as a feat of sheer guile. No more insincere clapping for the other team. No more Bernie Mickelsauce writing deliberately terrible columns in the hopes of getting them fisked. No more custom Darren Wilson jerseys. No more drunken Tony La Russa letting his cat drive.

This is the appropriate course of action for an organization and fanbase that have gone out of their way to brand themselves as special and different from the rest of us. Oh, you’re different, all right. Thanks to the feds, now we know: you’re worse than any of them, and you deserve to BURN. BURN IN A FIRE LARGE ENOUGH TO RIVAL YOUR CITY’S MANY OTHER TIRE FIRES.

Edit: Link fixed. Jim

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: June 16, 2015 at 03:09 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, hackgate, hot takes

NY Times: St. Louis Cardinals Investigated by F.B.I. for Hacking Astros

WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors are investigating front-office officials for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, for hacking into the internal networks of a rival team to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.

Investigators have uncovered evidence that Cardinals officials broke into a network of the Houston Astros that housed special databases the team had built, according to law enforcement officials. Internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports were compromised, the officials said.


Monday, June 15, 2015

3 reminders that long extensions for young players are still risky

Jedd Gyorko

He was a 24-year-old rookie middle infielder who hit 23 homers while playing half his games in Petco Park. How do you not want to lock that guy up? The only real question is when to stop offering him more and more years on the extension. He had a 113 OPS+ when he was 24, which meant it was reasonable to expect even more from him as he entered his prime, and that even more would mean he would be a perennial All-Star.

Instead, he was one of the worst everyday players in baseball last year, hitting .210/.280/.333. He’s hitting .210 again this year, and he’s doing it with even less power. There was a glimmer of hope last year, as Gyorko got relatively hot after the All-Star break, but he lost his job to Cory Spangenberg this season and was banished to the minors again. He’s 26 now, and he’s been a .220-or-worse hitter for almost two calendar years now. He’ll make $13 million in 2019, which is an absolutely stunning amount for a player struggling this mightily.

Even when the problem with a pitcher is hard to diagnose, like with Cahill and Romero, there’s still an element of assumed risk that’s easy to understand because pitchers are supposed to be fragile and mercurial. Gyorko reminds us that hitters can be just as weird, and considering how far removed we are from the version the Padres thought they were locking up, it looks like the problem had more to do with poor evaluation and overreacting to a fast start. It’s the new front office regime that has to pay for it, too.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bernie: Matheny’s teams are tough like La Russa’s : Sports

That toughness is certainly being tested.

The subject of mental and physical toughness has popped up multiple times in Matheny’s online blog.

“Every once in a while,” Matheny wrote in 2013, “you find a group that almost seems to stand up taller and straighter when things get tougher. You see them stick out their chin and say ‘Okay, bring it on.’ I love the fight in these guys and the fact that they can’t wait to prove people wrong. To me, that is toughness.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2015 at 06:02 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Friday, June 05, 2015

Rosenthal’s improvement is a stretch : Sports

It’s not so much throwing strike one rather than ball one, said Rosenthal. “It’s throwing quality strike one and not just throwing it over the plate,” he said.

Manager Mike Matheny touched on one aspect of his game that Rosenthal hadn’t referenced — the fact that Rosenthal has been pitching exclusively from the stretch. Matheny would like to see most all his relievers do that.

“It’s simplified pitching,” Matheny said. “I’m waiting for somebody to convince me otherwise, especially for a reliever that’s coming in in big situations late in the game.

“I think Trevor has been a good representation of that theory of ‘let’s get real good at doing one thing.’ And that one thing is being out of the stretch and making good pitches from the stretch.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 09:11 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, trevor rosenthal

Monday, June 01, 2015

Dodgers’ class of ‘68 tops list of 10 best Drafts

Los Angeles signed six future All-Stars in 1968 who would combine for 23 All-Star Game appearances, both Draft records. Washburn (Kan.) University outfielder Davey Lopes was a second-rounder in the January secondary phase, while California high school first baseman Bill Buckner (second), University of Houston outfielder/defensive back Tom Paciorek (fifth) and Alabama prep right-hander Doyle Alexander (ninth) were part of the regular June Draft. The cherry on top was a pair of college third basemen in the June secondary phase: Michigan State’s Steve Garvey (first) and Washington State’s Ron Cey (third).

University of Michigan left-hander Geoff Zahn (fifth, January secondary), Connecticut high school outfielder Bobby Valentine (No. 5 overall, June) and University of the Pacific outfielder Joe Ferguson (eighth, June) also enjoyed lengthy careers. The Dodgers inked a total of 11 future big leaguers who combined for a total of 235.6 Wins Above Replacement (Baseball-Reference version), another record.

The Dodgers not only had the best Draft of all time in 1968, but they don’t even have a legitimate challenger for that title. Boston’s 1983 Draft (see below) was the only effort that comes within 50 WAR of the Dodgers’.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2015 at 12:26 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, draft, indians, red sox, royals, tigers

Martinez channels emotions to honor Taveras | cardinals.com

Admittedly overcome by emotion as the Cardinals reflected on the one-year anniversary of Taveras’ debut, Martinez turned away while a video tribute played above him.

“In that moment in the bullpen, I had seen too much,” Martinez said, speaking via a translator. “For a second, I thought, ‘Oh man, I don’t know if I can throw today because I’m so sad.’”

“You saw that it was hard for him to see that,” added catcher Yadier Molina, who was with Martinez in the ‘pen.

Martinez wiped away tears as the video ended, but then he used those emotions as a springboard to one of the best starts of the right-hander’s young career.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, carlos martinez, oscar taveras

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Peralta is baseball’s most productive shortstop | cardinals.com

Please, MLB decision makers, make the Statcasty defensive numbers available.

While a large part of Peralta’s value comes from his underrated defense, we can also look at Statcast™ and see just how much the ball is jumping off his bat. Peralta’s second double on Friday night, this one coming in the seventh inning off of Juan Nicasio to drive in Kolten Wong with the game’s final run, came off the bat at 103.8 mph. That’s the sixth-hardest tracked non-homer ball of the season for Peralta, who appears near the top of the leaderboards for hardest hit average ball among shortstops:

Edit: Link fixed. Sorry. Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jhonny peralta, sabermetrics

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Adams might miss rest of season : Sports

His fantasy owners and Cardinals fans surely shed a tear at this news. I know I did.

[Matt] Adams, who had an MRI on Wednesday, said, “The results came back worse than what we were expecting. The timetable is three to four months. If things go well then, hopefully, I’ll be able to get back at the end of the season.

“It was just something that needed to be done. There’s a torn tendon in there that needs to be repaired. It’s a tough break. It’s not what I wanted.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 10:32 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, injury, matt adams

Thursday, May 21, 2015

After Naval stint ‘much bigger than me,’ Mitch Harris takes on major leagues

Mitch Harris isn’t your typical rookie.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mitch harris

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TV Ratings Up, But Teams Still Dependent on Cable Providers

Baseball is dead.

Before getting to baseball’s dependence on the health of major cable companies, here is a brief look at some early season numbers. The first month of the season has seen big increases in viewership for national games on Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network, including double the amount of viewers aged 18 to 34 watching game on Fox Sports 1. The Chicago Cubs have doubled their ratings after their increased commitment in the offseason as well as the arrival of Kris Bryant. The Kansas City Royals have done the same coming off their World Series appearance. The Houston Astros have seen an increase in viewership after finally resolving their local disputes, at least as far as getting their games on all the local cable packages. The Arizona Diamondbacks have seen their highest ratings in a decade while the games of the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padres rank first in their broadcast territories among all shows. A recent article by Maury Brown at Forbes showed that baseball games beat playoff games from the NHL and NBA in many markets across the country.

The ratings so far this season are a great indicator of baseball’s popularity. Not only is baseball beating playoffs in other sports, it is also beating first-run shows on networks.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Allen Craig clears waivers after being dropped from 40-man roster, stays with Red Sox at Triple-A

First baseman/outfielder Allen Craig and his contract predictably cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox. He’ll stay with the organization at Triple-A, but is no longer on the 40-man roster.

The procedural move gives the Red Sox some 40-man roster wiggle room while they try to get Craig back on track in the minors. If he convinces them he’s ready to contribute positively in the majors again they can simply re-add him to the 40-man roster and call him up.

Craig was an All-Star for the Cardinals in 2013, but he’s been a mess since then and has hit just .130 in 53 games for the Red Sox.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2015 at 03:20 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: allen craig, cardinals, joe kelly, john lackey, red sox

How Holliday survives ‘grind’ that got Carpenter : Sports

“There is a group of players that have extremely elevated levels of skill, and then there are a bunch who are similar,” Holliday said. “You do see guys who are extremely talented that for whatever reason they couldn’t handle it mentally or physically or didn’t have the work ethic. What separates the guys who are similar is a lot of how they handle adversity, how they are able to deal with failure, how they’re able to deal with success, and how they’re able to grind it out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt holliday

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

No. 3 STL prospect Alex Reyes racks up career-high 11 strikeouts for Palm Beach Cardinals | MiLB.com

A good day for the Cardinals next big thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals

Carpenter rejoining teammates : Sports

Matt, drink a lot of water and embrace the napping lifestyle. You are welcome.

“It was a combination of dehydration and fatigue and those symptoms are not something we’re overly familiar with in terms of dealing with them,” Mozeliak said. “When you’re hearing somebody is dehydrated and someone has dizziness your assumption is get them back with fluids and they’ll be fine. Clearly it was something more than that. … It just felt like it was in his best interests in terms of long-term health for this season that we needed to take a timeout.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt carpenter

Monday, May 11, 2015

Olney: Laying out each team’s Mount Rushmore and ranking the quartets

The Mount Rushmore for BTF: Chris Truby, Mike Piazza, Madeline Albright, and Frank Tanana.

And Mike Crudale.

So I picked my own four for each club, and then ranked the 30 sets of four. Here they are, from the best to the fourth-best (in my opinion) for each franchise:

1. Giants: Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Christy Mathewson, Willie McCovey

2. Yankees: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mariano Rivera (see below)

3. Cardinals: Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Albert Pujols, Bob Gibson

4. Red Sox: Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Cy Young, Pedro Martinez

5. Tigers: Ty Cobb, Charlie Gehringer, Miguel Cabrera, Al Kaline

6. Reds: Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Frank Robinson

7. Twins: Walter Johnson, Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, Kirby Puckett

8. Athletics: Rickey Henderson, Lefty Grove, Jimmie Foxx, Reggie Jackson

9. Braves: Hank Aaron, Greg Maddux, Warren Spahn, Chipper Jones

10. Dodgers: Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Clayton Kershaw


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