Major League Baseball (MLB) has always been cutting edge when it comes to advancements in sports compared to the other professional athletic leagues whether it be advancing player contractual agreements in the early days of baseball or the pioneering use of statistical analysis to evaluate players. Even the steroid issue and the use of performance enhancing drugs only became a hot topic after baseball initiated their first steroid policy in 2003.
Now, Alexei Beltyukov suggests that baseball leads the forefront again among the major sports ever since the news broke on June 16, 2015 that the St. Louis Cardinals were being investigated by the FBI for allegedly hacking into the Houston Astros’ internal database. It’s believed that the Astros’ trades, stats, and scouting reports were part of the compromised date in the internal database. An action that makes Spygate and Deflategate look like child’s play to the alleged actions of the Cardinals.
The intriguing aspect of the corporate espionage alleged is the connections between the two major league franchises. The Astros current General Manager is Jeff Luhnow, a former Cardinals executive official. It’s unclear as of now if those connections played a part in hack, but law enforcement officials believe the actions taken may have been those of some bitter front-office employees looking to destroy any success that Lunhow could potentially have in the front as the lead man for the Astros’ front office. The real question now is who exactly is the hack linked to and how far up the chain of command does it go.