Front office personnel of the Saint Louis Cardinal are under scanner of the FBI for allegedly hacking into Houston Astros network and stealing information, according to The New York Times. St Louis Cardinal are one of the most successful teams of baseball for the past two decades.
All three sides, the Major League Baseball, St Louis Cardinal and Houston Astros issued statements on Tuesday confirming their full cooperation in the investigations. After some information was posted online anonymously, the investigations began last year. Though the Astros and Cardinals clarified that they won’t comment further as it is an ongoing federal investigation.
“Major League Baseball has been aware of and has fully cooperated with the federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Astros’ baseball operations database,” the MLB statement said. “Once the investigative process has been completed by federal law enforcement officials, we will evaluate the next steps and will make decisions promptly.”
The FBI office in Houston released a statement late on Tuesday, saying, “The FBI 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.”
The Cardinals reacted in a statement before Tuesday’s game. “Something is going on,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told reporters. “We don’t know how to react at all until we have more information, so we don’t.”
Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred hinted on Sunday that MLB will not jump into any conclusions until investigations reveal farther results.
“I think until we know, this is different from when we might investigate, for example, a drug case where we’re one of the investigators,” Manfred said at Fenway Park.