The St. Louis Cardinals like to think of themselves as paragons of virtue and traditionalism with their emphasis on carrying out items the “Cardinal Way,” so it really is no surprise that Tuesday’s New York Instances report of an alleged hacking scandal involving the Houston Astros is currently creating some snark in baseball circles.
It really is not quite the caliber of schadenfreude that Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria encounters whenever he’s in the news. But rest assured, you are going to discover a few people today willing to weigh in on the harm this story could be carrying out to the Cardinals’ brand. And the celebrants aren’t all situated in Chicago or Cincinnati.
“Gussie Busch have to be rolling over in his grave,” stated a single MLB scout, in reference to the Cardinals’ revered late owner.
So considerably for the vicarious thrills. Cardinal-bashers may want to refrain from the higher-fives, for the reason that they could be subsequent. And in the grand scheme of factors, the ramifications of tapping into an additional team’s database are a lot greater than the edge supplied by deflating footballs.
As baseball enters a new and extra sophisticated information age, teams pride themselves on their capability to crack codes and achieve minute positive aspects in the quest to win. Just try asking an MLB executive about his team’s computerized data on defensive metrics or shifts and watch the color drain from his face. The average MLB laptop/stats savant guards his team’s proprietary data as if the fate of Western civilization is at stake.
Corporate espionage is corporate espionage, no matter if it is Coke vs. Pepsi, McDonald’s vs. Burger King, or two MLB teams that haven’t had considerably of a rivalry considering the fact that Albert Pujols took Brad Lidge deep in the 2005 National League Championship Series. Baseball is a $9 billion organization, and if the Cardinals or any other group can obtain an advantage over the Astros (or any other team), there’s going to be a temptation to attempt.
It really is worth noting that the federal investigation is ongoing. The commissioner’s workplace and the Cardinals both released statements confirming that they’re cooperating and have nothing at all further to add. Michael Schmidt, the Occasions reporter who broke the story, told ESPN’s SportsCenter that he believes MLB will wait till the Justice Department and the FBI full their investigation and see if charges are filed ahead of taking disciplinary action.
In quick, we have no idea how higher this may well go, or who’s culpable, or if it will outcome in any important findings at all.
But in the instant aftermath, the shock from the Times story had to send a chill by means of franchises in all expert sports. At the very least, it really is going to steer the conversation away from the other huge MLB problem of national import — the possible travesty of Kansas City Royals second baseman Omar Infante making the American League All-Star group.