Tuesday July 19, 2016

Cardinals Scout Sentenced To Prison For Hacking Astros

Chris Correa, the former scouting director for the St. Louis Cardinals, will be in prison for nearly four years for hacking the Houston Astros' player-personnel database and email system. Correa viewed a scouting list of every player in the 2013 draft, trade discussions, player bonus details, and stats and information on performance and injuries by the team's minor-league prospectsآ—basically every facet of the team's scouting operations.

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Christopher Correa had pleaded guilty in January to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer from 2013 to at least 2014, the same year he was promoted to director of baseball development in St. Louis. He was fired last summer and now faces 46 months behind bars and a court order to pay $279,038 in restitution. He had faced up to five years in prison on each count. Correa read a letter in court before he was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Hughes and he said he was "overwhelmed with remorse and regret for my actions." "I violated my values and it was wrong ... I behaved shamefully," he said. "The whole episode represents the worst thing I've done in my life by far."