Former Cards manager La Russa 'shocked' by hacking allegations
Tony La Russa last managed the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011 and told a radio station he has "absolutely no involvement" in the hacking allegations that have been levied against his former team.
La Russa -- now the chief baseball officer for the Arizona Diamondbacks -- spoke to Arizona Sports FM 98.7 on Wednesday and said he was “shocked” by the allegations.
"I have absolutely no involvement," La Russa said. "I have not talked to anybody in St. Louis. I think I sent a text to (AZCentral and Arizona Sports') Dan Bickley, and my comment is they have a long history (in St. Louis) of doing things right on and off the field with very few mistakes.”
Like La Russa, Astros GM Jeff Luchnow was in his final year with the Cardinals in 2011. While in St. Louis, Luchnow had set up a database with the Cardinals filled with player information. He created a similar database with the Astros that was hacked in 2013.
La Russa, who is known to be averse to employing too much analytics into the game, noted that whatever advantage the Cardinals’ could have gained would have been “marginal.”
"Every organization, even (the Diamondbacks), analyzes the other 29 teams ... there's so many ways that you can figure out almost exactly what a team is looking for," he said. "There aren't many secrets."
(h/t Arizona Sports)