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St. Louis Cardinals: Where does “WikiBeaks” stand amongst all-time MLB scandals?

Marge Schott

“Just how bad is it?” my mom would ask me when I fell off my bike and scraped my knee.

It wasn’t a call to actually see how much I was hurt, it was a comparison.

Her logic – the broken ankle/foot from getting slammed down in my sophomore year of high school while trying out for wrestling was worse than the broken collarbone I got from getting leveled on a kickoff playing freshman football (LOL).

No, this article isn’t a history of my troubles with staying out of the hospital, it’s a prelude to my thinking of events that broke late-afternoon Monday.

In case you live on another planet, the St. Louis Cardinals were penalized finally for “WikiBeaks,” or their (Chris Correa’s) illegal entry into a player database of the Houston Astros. Correa plead guilty to five counts of illegal entry, now faces 46-months in prison, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred banned him from the game for life.

The Cardinals were also fined $2 million, and lost their top two draft picks in this year’s 2017 Major League Baseball draft.

Needless to say, it sucked; but our boss man John Nagel at the RedBird Daily urges St. Louis Cardinals fans that there is light at the end of this tunnel, and while bad, the implications could have been way worse.

To me, the penatlies imposed are more of a nose bleed compared to a fractured femur when looking at what has taken place here.

Even though the Cardinals are at the end of the day responsible for the actions of one man, look at the penalties given and some of the other big scandals that have taken place in Major League Baseball history.

After you read the list below, you will realize that not only is the St. Louis Cardinals’ crime lesser than that of the likes of other’s (it still is a big deal), but the punishments we got are less severe than you will see as you scroll down.

Here are some that are just as bad, if not worse than #WikiBeaks

  1. The 1919 Black Sox Scandal – remember “Shoeless” Joe Jackson? You probably don’t because if you did, you would be old as dirt, and need to get off the internet. But history nerds will remember hearing about that rag tag group of ballers from the city of Chicago that threw the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds in order to appease the gamblers who paid them off to do so. The Punishment: 8 players were banned from baseball for life.
  2. The Owner’s Collusion of the 1980’s – the sole reason as to why there was a strike in 1994, players were cheap-skated after a “gentlemen’s agreement” to hold down the salaries of free agent players, making them take cheaper deals and even stay with their own teams. The Punishment: A settlement of 280 million dollars given to the Major League Baseball Player’s Association after numerous complaints were filed on their behalf. 
Shoeless Joe Jackson bet on his own team to lose and threw a World Series, is that worse than #WikiBeaks?

3. Marge Schott – nicknamed “The Red Menace” by Rick Reilly, whom many refer to as a racist and a slew of other “don’t go there” names, consistently berated her players, used racial slurs, and even held Adolf Hitler in some form of high regard. She grew unpopular until she sold her majority ownership in 1998. The Punishment – Schott let her dogs (brilliantly named Schottzie and Schottzie II) shit on the field, and in return, the MLB shit on her – barring her from managing a team from 1996 to 1998.

4. And finally (the list goes on and on) the Steroid Epidemic – this one is still prevalent today, and after a slew of athletes were to have found using performance enhancing drugs, the MLB started suspended players left and right. The Punishment – look to the MLB’s guidelines today on steroid use

Now this isn’t a condonation on what the St. Louis Cardinals did.

I use the full team name, because once again, they are responsible for what Correa did.

Did anybody else know about it? The federal government investigated for two years and says no. But you are responsible for the company you keep, and Correa was kept too long.

No, this is a perspective, as all blog posts are – one that designates that where the Cardinals mistakes are as mere compared to what has been done in the past.

They screwed up, and are now paying a price for it, but to think it is on the same level as some of the examples given above is plain asinine.

Their actions had no immediate impact on the game itself, they were scouting reports. A farm system is still responsible for training and producing high quality talent. You can draft anybody and they can still be a dud. *pages Billy Beane*

The St. Louis Cardinals will take this bloody nose or knee scrape and move on, knowing the repercussions they face if they do it again.

Other writers may trash the organization, but it is just that – minor in comparison.

The situation hurts, but when you take a step back and look at the broader picture, you have to ask yourself “Just how bad is it?”

Because Momma surely knows best.


Thanks for reading.


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