Federal hacking conviction follows pro baseball scouting scandal

Busch Stadium, home to the St. Louis Cardinals. (credit: Nekonomist)

Theft in professional baseball used to be about stealing bases and signs. But not any more—not in the era of big data.

The St. Louis Cardinals' former scouting chief pleaded guilty Friday in a Texas federal courtroom to five hacking counts (PDF) in connection to unlawfully accessing a highly confidential database of another Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the Houston Astros.

Court documents said 

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