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Why Astros’ Sophisticated Database Would Be Worth Hacking
by Johnette Howard
In 2013, the Houston Astros finished the Major League Baseball season 51-111 — fifth in the five-team American League West Division. They had a bad year, to say the least, and it followed two-straight seasons of finishing last in the National League Central. So why would the Cardinals want to hack the team’s player database? A former St. Louis exec is the Astros’ general manager, and his work on a similar collection of advanced stats helped the Cardinals win the 2011 World Series and five minor league championships. Oh yeah, the Astros, just three years later, are leading the division thanks to a remarkable turnaround this season.
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