Hacking costs Cardinals $2 million, top two draft picks


(The Sports Xchange) - The St. Louis Cardinals were ordered to pay $2 million in damages by Major League Baseball on Monday and will forfeit their first two picks in the 2017 draft as a result of illegal computer hacking of the Houston Astros' database.

MLB completed its investigation regarding the breach of the Astros' baseball operations database by a former Cardinals' employee, scouting director Chris Correa.

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the ruling, ordering the overall Nos. 56 and 75 draft picks of the Cardinals to be awarded to Houston, and for the Cardinals to pay the Astros $2 million within 30 days.

In his ruling, Manfred said the investigation found no evidence that anyone besides Correa was responsible for accessing the Astros' information but said he was "holding the Cardinals responsible for his conduct."

Manfred ruled that the Astros had "suffered material harm as a result of Mr. Correa's conduct."

Look back at the history between the two teams:

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ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 8, 1967: Pitcher Bob Gibson #45 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws a pitch to second baseman Jerry Adair #14 of the Boston Red Sox during game four of the World Series on October 8, 1967 between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images)
2 Sep 1996: Second baseman Luis Alicea of the St. Louis Cardinals jumps after forcing out runner Craig Biggio #7 of the Houston Astros on a double play in the third inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/Allsport
2 Sept 1996: A St. Louis Cardinals fan cheers on Ozzie Smith after the veteran short stop hit a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. Smith will retire at the end of the season. Mandator
11 Jul 1998: Coach Jose Cruz of the Houston Astros in action during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Astros 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Laforet /Allsport
11 Jul 1998: Infielder Placido Polanco #27 of the St. Louis Cardinals in action during a game against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Astros 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Laforet /Allsport
12 Jul 1998: Second baseman Ricky Gutierrez #12 of the Houston Astros throws the ball to first base for the double play during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at the Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Astros 6-4.
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 22: Houston Astro pitcher Jose Lima falls down as he avoids the pitch by St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Manny Abar in St. Louis, MO 22 June 1999 and Cardinal catcher Eli Marrero makes the catch in the eighth inning. The Cardinals beat the Astros 4-3 in fourteen innings. (Photo credit should read PETER NEWCOMB/AFP/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, UNITED STATES: St. Louis Cardinals player rush the field after they beat the Houston Astros and won the National League Central Division, 20 September 2000, in St. Louis, MO. The Cardinals defeated the Astros, 11-6.AFP PHOTO SCOTT ROVAK (Photo credit should read SCOTT ROVAK/AFP/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - APRIL 14: Catcher Mike DiFelice #8 of the St.Louis Cardinals gets up after colliding with Brad Ausmus #11 of the Houston Astros during the game at Busch Stadium in St.Louis, Missouri on April 14, 2002. The Astros won 5-4 . (Photo by Elsa /Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - JUNE 6: Second base Umpire Chris Guccione calls Hector Luna #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals out after Adam Everett #27 of the Houston Astros applies the tag on June 6, 2004 at the Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Astros beat the Cardinals 3-2. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 13: A fan holds a sign during game one of National League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals during the 2004 Major League Baseball Playoffs on October 13, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo By Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 14: Carlos Beltran #15 of the Houston Astrosis congratulated by teammate Jeff Bagwell #5 after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of Game two of National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2004 Major League Baseball Playoffs on October 14, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo By Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS - OCTOBER 14: Manager Phil Garner #3 of the Houston Astros argues a call with first base umpire Gary Darling in Game 2 of National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals October 14, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo By Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 14: Manager Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals talks to first base umpire Gary Darling during Game two of National League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on October 14, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo By Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 16: Fans of the Houston Astros watch their team win 5-2 over the St. Louis Cardinals in game three of National League Championship Series during the 2004 Major League Baseball Playoffs on October 16, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 17: Fans show their support for Carlos Beltran #15 of the Houston Astros in game four of National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2004 Major League Baseball Playoffs on October 17, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The Astros defeated the Cardinals 6-5 to tie the series at 2-2. (Photo By Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 18: Jeff Kent #12 of the Houston Astros celebrates with his teammates after hitting a three-run home run to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series October 18, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS - OCTOBER 20: Hector Luna #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals moves out of the way after Brad Ausmus #11 of the Houston Astros is tagged out at second base in game six of the National League Championship Series during the 2004 Major League Baseball Playoffs on October 20, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo By Elsa/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS - OCTOBER 20: Brad Ausmus #11 of the Houston Astros tags out Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals at home plate in game six of the National League Championship Series during the 2004 Major League Baseball Playoffs on October 20, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo By Elsa/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 20: A fan of the St. Louis Cardinals holds up a sign against the Houston Astros in game six of National League Championship Series during the 2004 Major League Baseball Playoffs on October 20, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Astros 6-4 in the 12th inning to tie the series 3-3. (Photo By Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 21: Albert Pujols #5 and the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Houston Astros in game seven of National League Championship Series during the 2004 Major League Baseball Playoffs on October 21, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Astros 5-2 to win the series 4-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 12: Fans show their support as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Houston Astros 5-3 in Game One of the 2005 National League Championship Series October 12, 2005 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 12: Manager Tony LaRussa #10 of the St. Louis Cardinals waits for his turn at the podium as a television shows Reggie Sanders #16 being interviewed after a 5-3 victory over the Houston Astros in Game One of the 2005 National League Championship Series October 12, 2005 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 13: Manager Tony LaRussa #10 of the St. Louis Cardinals and Mark Grudzielanek #12 argue a call that Grudzielanek is out with home plate umpire Greg Gibson #53 during Game Two of the National League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on October 13, 2005 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 15: A fan of the Houston Astros watches batting practice before the start of Game Three of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Minute Maid Park on October 15, 2005 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 15: Fans of the Houston Astros watches batting practice before the start of Game Three of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Minute Maid Park on October 15, 2005 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 17: 'MLB Rebuilds' logo is displayed on the first base bag during Game Five of the National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astrosat Minute Maid Park on October 17, 2005 in Houston, Texas. The Cardinals defeated the Astros 5-4 to make the series 3 games to 2 Astros. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 19: Charles Gipson #31 of the Houston Astros celebrates with teammates following the Astros 5-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Six of the National League Championship Series October 19, 2005 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. With the win the Astros won the series 4-2 to advance to the World Series. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 19: A St. Louis Cardinals banner comes down from the fence of Busch Stadium following the Cards 5-1 loss against the Houston Astros in Game Six of the National League Championship Series October 19, 2005 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. Due to the loss the Cardinals were eliminated from the playoffs which means the last game has been played at the current Busch Stadium. The under construction, new Busch Stadium will be the Home of the Cardinals with the start of the 2006 MLB regular season. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - APRIL 07: Catcher J.R. Towles #46 of the Houston Astros can't hang on to the ball as he is hit by Troy Glaus #8 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the eigth inning to tie the game on April 7, 2008 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON,TX-JUNE 05: Chris Snyder #18 of the Houston Astros is tagged out by Daniel Descalso #33 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning trying to stretch a single into a double on June 5, 2012 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON,TX - SEPTEMBER 26: Houston Astros fans cheer during a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Minute Maid Park on September 26, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON,TX - SEPTEMBER 26: Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez talks with Tony DeFrancesco #11 of the Houston Astros along with Bud Norris #20 and Jason Castro #15 after a batter was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Minute Maid Park on September 26, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Houston wins 2-0. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The Cardinals fired Correa in 2015 after their own internal investigation. He will be placed on the "permanently ineligible list" effective immediately on orders of Manfred.

"We respect the Commissioner's decision and appreciate that there is now a final resolution to this matter," Cardinals chairman and CEO William O. DeWitt Jr. said in a statement.

"Commissioner Manfred's findings are fully consistent with our own investigation's conclusion that this activity was isolated to a single individual."

On Jan. 8, 2016, Correa pleaded guilty in federal court to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer for intruding into the Astros' email system and analytical scouting database in 2013 and 2014, following an FBI investigation.

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This St. Louis @Cardinals hacking scandal is crazy. Corporate espionage in baseball??
The Simpsons predicted the Cardinals 'spygate' YEARS ago! http://t.co/i4OsGMRYEy
BREAKING NEWS: Adam Wainwright is under investigation for deflating baseballs in Cardinals locker room.
Love the Cardinals hacking scandal. The "best organization in baseball" is hacking into a team with 324 losses over the past 3 years.
Cardinals hacked into a Mets file entitled "trade talks" and discovered Sandy Alderson's dry cleaning receipts.
New St. Louis Cardinals Logo, after today: http://t.co/hAkOx5AbAN
"Who are: the St. Louis Cardinals?" #JeopardySports http://t.co/si1GIOQlgX
Cardinals exit interview: "What made you seek other employment" "What is your mother's maiden name?" "And the name of your first pet?"
Cardinals fans be like . . . http://t.co/KpL1WUhIO0
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A year ago, the court sentenced Correa to 46 months in federal prison and ordered him to pay the Astros $279,038.65 as restitution.

"This has been a long and challenging process for all of us, especially those within our baseball operations department," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said. "We have learned a great deal along the way and we have taken additional steps to ensure that something like this doesn't ever happen again."

The Astros issued a statement and supported the ruling and penalties.

"This unprecedented award by the Commissioner's Office sends a clear message of the severity of these actions," the Astros' statement said. "Our staff has invested a great deal of time in support of the government, legal and league investigations and are pleased to have closure on this issue."

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