Welcome to the 21st century.
Today, the New York Times reported that the St. Louis Cardinals have hacked into the Houston Astros' computer system, gaining access to player personnel information.
According to the report, internal information about trades, statistics, and scouting reports were comprised.
Astros' general manager Jeff Luhnow used to work within the Cardinals organization and is credited with helping to make the team successful. The report states that St. Louis created a master list of passwords Luhnow used with the team to get them into Ground Control, the Astros computer network.
The main reason for the hacking is not exactly known, but officials told the New York Times that they believed the hacking was executed by "vengeful" executives who wanted to "wreck havoc" on Luhnow.
MLB released a statement regarding the report.
"MLB has been aware of and has fully cooperated with federal investigation into the illegal breach of Astros’ database," the statement said.
"Once investigative process has been completed by federal law enforcement, we will evaluate next steps and make decisions promptly."
This is not the first time the Astros' Ground Central system has been hacked. Last year, a Deadspin article cited a leaking of 10 months worth of internal trade discussion on an online hacking forum.
Whether these two incidents are related is unknown.
If these allegations against the Cardinals are true, there would be some serious backlash.
Hacking is criminal offense, so anyone involved could and likely will be arrested.
Secondly, this would the first time in sports history where a team has breached the system of a competing team to gain information. How punishment would be given out is unprecedented and therefore could mean anything.
Stay tuned at coverthosebases.com and @DevanFink on Twitter for more updates regarding the situation as it unfolds.