The St. Louis Cardinals will be feeling the aftermath of the hacking scandal for years.
MLB released its punishment in the hacking case Monday morning, stating the Cardinals will lose two draft picks (Nos. 56 and 75 overall) and a $2 million fine, all of which heads to the Houston Astros as compensation.
Chris Correa — the former Cardinals executive who was charged with the hacking into the Astros' internal database called "Ground Control" — received a lifetime ban from MLB, joining Pete Rose on the infamous list. Correa is currently serving 46 months in prison for the hack.
However, Correa was the only individual punished:
manfred found no other cards employee responsible for the intrusion perpetrated by correa, so he's the only one punished— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 30, 2017
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have 30 days to pay the fine.
Because the Cardinals lost their 19th overall pick when they signed Dexter Fowler to an $82.5 million deal, the organization will not draft until pick No. 94 this summer.
This is a huge blow for the Cardinals as they set their sights on turning the tide of the National League Central while the Cubs look to be forming into a powerhouse and threatening to run away with the division.
Of course, Cardinals haters reacted to the punishment on Twitter:
Cardinals haters roll out new logo as commissioner hands down penalty for hacking Astros (via @TheGOATmemeMan) pic.twitter.com/CqIbJjfCem— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 30, 2017