ESPN’s Buster Olney talks outrage across baseball over Cardinals hacking punishment

Dec 8, 2014; San Deigo, CA, USA; ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney reports during MLB Winter Meetings at Manchester Grand Hyatt. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN Senior Baseball writer, Buster Olney, came on The Writers’ Block to give his reaction to Major League Baseball’s punishment of the Cardinals for the hacking of a Houston Astros database.

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Read some excerpts and listen to the full interview below (starts at about 9:00):

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What was your reaction to MLB’s punishment?

“That people around baseball were going to go nuts. That they were going to be really unhappy with it. I talked to a bunch of people over the last six, seven months about what they (thought the punishment was going to be). To see what actually happened, I knew they were going to feel like the Cardinals got off easy. Within seconds….that’s what (I heard from people) that the Cardinals got off easy. (It was across the board).”

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On the Astros getting the picks instead of no team:

“It fueled the unhappiness. The folks I was talking to…they point out…what Chris Correa did was wrong…but when you hear about the details…the Astros basically ran their security incompetently, and now they’re going to be rewarded for that? If you’re (another American West team), you just saw a team in your division benefit by, these aren’t my words, being stupid. That’s what someone said to me yesterday.”

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