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Espionage Act of 1917

While Feds Investigate, MLB For Now Holds Back On Hacking Probe

The case of compromised Houston Astros player intel is a federal investigation, not a baseball probe, says MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. That doesn't mean he can't hand down penalties as more information comes to light about whether St. Louis Cardinals employees hacked into a personnel database belonging to the Astros. For decades, baseball's leadership has handed out discipline to players and management figures for all sorts of reasons. But corporate espionage via computer is a fairly new threat to the game's integrity, far different from offenses such as stealing pitching signs or using pine tar. There's no real precedent that might indicate how baseball will...