FBI probe of hacking allegations centers on Palm Beach County spring training rivals

The St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros will be linked in Palm Beach County in two years as two of the four Major League Baseball teams that hold spring training within 15 minutes of each other.

But the FBI is already linking the teams for an entirely different reason.1998-Cardinals

The FBI and Justice Department prosecutors are looking into whether front-office officials for the Cardinals hacked into the computer networks of the Astros to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.

Jeff Luhnow

Jeff Luhnow

According to a New York Times story, law enforcement officials believe the hacking was executed by vengeful front-office employees for the Cardinals hoping to wreak havoc on the work of Jeff Luhnow, the Astros’ general manager who had been a successful and polarizing executive with the Cardinals until 2011.

The Astros won’t start training in West Palm Beach until 2017 when the team plans to start sharing a $135 million spring training complex south of 45th Street.

The Cardinals and Miami Marlins share Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

 

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