Astros owner Jim Crane talks (not much) about computer hacking scandal

Astros owner Jim Crane talks to reporters as Florida Gov. Rick Scott (far left) watches
Astros owner Jim Crane talks to reporters as Florida Gov. Rick Scott (far left) watches

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane spoke Monday about the computer hacking scandal involving his team and the St. Louis Cardinals. But Crane had little to say.

“It’s under investigation. We are not going to talk about it,’’ he said at the Palm Beach County Governmental Center where Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a land-use bill for the spring training complex that will be shared by the Astros and Washington Nationals.

The FBI is looking into allegations that members of the St. Louis Cardinals hacked into the Astros’ data base. The alleged hacking reportedly took place from a house in Jupiter where the Cardinals and Miami Marlins share a spring training complex.

“We don’t have all the details,’’ Crane said when asked about the hacking.

JIM CRANEWhat has been reported is there has been one house but I can’t confirm that. They have kept everything pretty close to the vest. Until the investigation is done, we want have all the information, either.’’

The Cardinals last week fired Chris Correa, the team’s director of scouting, in relation to the investigation.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, quoting an anonymous source, reported that Correa acknowledged breaking into the database to determine whether the Astros had stolen proprietary data from the Cardinals.

That report suggests the Astros may have used information that Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow gained while working for the Cardinals. Luhnow headed the Cardinals scouting and player development department before being hired as Astros general manager in December 2011.

Crane wouldn’t discuss the controversy when it was broached by a reporter today after Scott’s press conference.

“As the investigation unwinds, once the (federal authorities) make a decision on what they’re going to do, then I think certainly we’ll have comments on that,’’ he said.

“The baseball commissioner eventually will have to determine on how is he is going to handle that.’’

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