Larry Thornberry clued me in on this one.
I’ve heard of stealing signs, but this is ridiculous.
It is worth noting that the Cardinals and Astros do not play each other this season, although both teams are in first place in their respective divisions and could be potential World Series opponents in the fall.
The common denominator here is Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow. Before becoming the team’s GM in 2012, Luhnow worked in the Cardinals’ scouting department from 2003 through 2011. While with the Cardinals, Luhnow developed a database called Redbird concerning their baseball operations that included scouting reports and other information on player personnel. Luhnow has developed a similar database with the Astros called Ground Control and some in the Cardinals’ organization were concerned Luhnow had taken proprietary data with him.