MLB Baseball News
Unfortunately, cheating in sports has been around for years and there’s no sign that it’s letting up. However, it’s not too often fans see the FBI get involved. But just last week it was announced that the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department was investigating the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball for hacking into the computer systems of the rival Houston Astros MLB club. The Cardinals have been accused of stealing player information etc.
Investigators found that employees of the Cardinals employees hacked into a network which contained information about specific players, scouting reports, statistics, and trade possibilities etc. Law enforcement officers said they didn’t know if the Cardinals’ head office was aware of the hacking or if it was authorized at all. According to reports the FBI investigation is being carried out by the field office in Houston and subpoenas were served to members of MLB and the Cardinals.
Cuban-born infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena of the Los Angeles Dodgers has obviously been rubbing somebody the wrong way in the Major League Baseball team’s organization since they announced on May 22 that he’s been suspended for the remainder of the 2015 season. That’s quite a ban since the campaign is only about seven weeks old. According to the Dodgers, Arruebarrena has been more or less kicked off the club for “failing to comply with his contract.”
This statement doesn’t really tell fans anything as there are numerous ways to break the terms of a player contract. The Dodgers wouldn’t expand on the reason for the ban though, so it’s up for conjecture. The club did add that the player has repeatedly failed to comply with the terms of his deal, so it seems like he’s been warned about his conduct before.
Most Major League Baseball suspensions these days concern cheating by taking performance-enhancing substances, however, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Will Smith was just handed an eight-game for having a foreign substance on his arm. Smith was thrown out of his team’s game on May 21 and was handed the suspension by MLB leas than 24 hours later. According to the Brewers and Smith, he’s panning on appealing the ruling. The Brewers ended up losing the game 10-1.
MLB released an official statement regarding the incident which said, “Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Will Smith has received an eight-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his arm during the bottom of the seventh inning of his Club’s Thursday, May 21st game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.”
It’s hard to believe that MLB baseball fans have witnessed a league first in the year 2015. However, that’s exactly what happened on May 9 when the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 at PNC Park and pulled off the first-ever 4-5-4 triple play in MLB history. Fans don’t often get to see triple plays during the ball season, especially one of such historical significance.
The play came early in the game as it took place in the top of the second inning. St Louis had runners on second and third base with nobody out. Yadier Molina was up at bat and he lined the ball closer to second base. Pittsburgh’s second baseman Neil Walker caught the ball for one out while the Cardinals’ Jason Heyward, who was standing on second base, took off for third. Instead of stepping on second base to get Heyward out he threw the ball to third baseman Jung Ho Kang to nail the base runner Jhonny Peralta there.
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