Stats guru at center of cyber-scandal

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LOS ANGELES: The man whose aggressively data-driven management approach rankled baseball traditionalists even as it worked wonders for the St. Louis Cardinals and then the Houston Astros now finds himself at the center of the game’s first cyber-scandal. Jeff Luhnow was a rank outsider when he was hired in 2003 by St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr., who was keen to implement the statistical analysis approach to baseball management depicted in the Hollywood film “Moneyball.” Luhnow’s tactics worked for the Cardinals, but he sometimes clashed with other front office managers. Now he works for the Houston Astros and media reports have Cardinals personnel under investigation for hacking the Texas team, possibly to settle scores with Luhnow.

AFP

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