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Bad news: Chris Correa is one of them...

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On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals relieved Chris Correa of his duties as Director of Scouting, a position he was recently promoted to in 2014, in relation into the ongoing investigation of the Cardinals breach into the Houston Astros database. According to Correa, his motivation behind breaching the Houston Astros system was to prove his suspicions that Jeff Luhnow or one of the people who followed him to the Astros stole propritery information from the Cardinals. Correa denied downloading any information nor did he admit to posting the data online. The Money Quote:

"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 benefitted from that roguish behavior."

This story just keeps getting freakin' weirder and weirder.

Some relevant articles:

New York Times: FBI Investigated for hacking into Astros database

Viva el Birdos: FBI Investigators struggle to find hackers

St. Louis Post Dispatch: Cardinals fire scouting director as hacking investigations continue

Crawfish Boxes: Cardinals fire director of scouting in connection to Ground Control Hack

Viva el Birdos: Correa's termination raises more questions than answers

MLB Daily Dish: What the Cardinals firing their scouting director really means

The good news about this is that is takes friend of the blog, and all-around good guy, Ty Kelly, off the hook:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sorry guys, apparently this one&#39;s on me. Thanks a lot CNN. <a href="http://t.co/QxpDYaf5Do">pic.twitter.com/QxpDYaf5Do</a></p>&mdash; Ty Kelly (@tykelly11) <a href="https://twitter.com/tykelly11/status/610896772068552704">June 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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what else is going on in baseball...

  • The Yankees donated $150,000 to charity to get Alex Rodriguez's 3000th hit ball. - Hardball Talk
  • Bryce Harper will be in the newest ESPN Body Issue. - SBNation
  • Jose Conseco regrets writing his tell all book. - Sports Illustrated
  • <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">One reason trade market is slow: No team in AL is more than 6 1/2 games out in wild-card race. All but four teams in NL within six games.</p>&mdash; Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/616991287942602752">July 3, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
  • Some blockbuster trade deadline ideas. - Sports on Earth
  • JOSE FERNANDEZ IS BACK!!!!! - MLB
  • Statcast tracks Dee Gordon's inside-the-park home run. - MLB
  • International signing period opens Thursday. - MLB
  • This is a cool survey on who the best manager is. - ESPN

what the cardinals are up to...
  • Dan (Buffa) and Daniel (Shoptaw) has started a new podcast. Check it out! - Best Dans in Baseball
  • For the record, Ty Kelly is a spectacular Twitter follow:
    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Just found out someone&#39;s using my picture on a dating app as a catphish.. Good luck, it&#39;s never worked for me.</p>&mdash; Ty Kelly (@tykelly11) <a href="https://twitter.com/tykelly11/status/613068049814388736">June 22, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Huge shout out to Peter Kozma for hooking up an old friend battling cancer tonight. He deserves the recognition whether he wants it or not.</p>&mdash; Ty Kelly (@tykelly11) <a href="https://twitter.com/tykelly11/status/607423788125265921">June 7, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
  • <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="pl" dir="ltr">Heyward 2015 (post-RBI double):&#10;&#10;.282 BA&#10;.330 OBP&#10;.447 SLG&#10;.336 wOBA&#10;115 wRC+&#10;&#10;Heyward career:&#10;&#10;.264 BA&#10;.349 OBP&#10;.431 SLG&#10;.343 wOBA&#10;116 wRC+</p>&mdash; Imperator bgh (@b_g_h) <a href="https://twitter.com/b_g_h/status/616771721199140868">July 3, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
  • <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">i&#39;ve always dreamed of someone doing things like this for me as a kid. Always remember the things that are important <a href="http://t.co/p6lO3rXOn1">pic.twitter.com/p6lO3rXOn1</a></p>&mdash; Alex Reyes (@AlexReyes_67) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlexReyes_67/status/616073082776780800">July 1, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
  • <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Grichuk update&#10;Extra base hits: 23&#10;Unintentional walks + singles: 23</p>&mdash; Maq (@elmaquino) <a href="https://twitter.com/elmaquino/status/616055443924725760">July 1, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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  • <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Cubs&#39; 7-game sweep of the Mets was their 1st season-series sweep of a team of 7 or more games since 1885 (via <a href="https://twitter.com/EliasSports">@EliasSports</a>)</p>&mdash; ESPN Stats &amp; Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/616992332085227520">July 3, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
  • Standings:
    St. Louis Cardinals 51 27 .654
    Pittsburgh Pirates 45 33 .577
    Chicago Cubs 42 35 .545
    Cincinnati Reds 36 41 .468
    Milwaukee Brewers 33 48 .407
  • viva el stuff...

    • Ben Cerutti talks about potential trade deadline targets. - Viva el Birdos
    • Episode 34 of the Viva el Birdos podcast is ready! - Viva el Podcast

    other things...

    • I BELIEVE! - Sports Illustrated
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    weekly scoreboard:
    Tuesday, June 30 White Sox 2 Cardinals 1 SSS Recap VEB Recap
    Wednesday, July 1 White Sox 7 Cardinals 1 SSS Recap VEB Recap
    Thursday, July 2 Padres 5 Cardinals 3 GB Recap VEB Recap

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