Cardinals fire scouting director who reportedly admitted role in hacking

Baseball The Cardinals have fired scouting director Chris Correa, who reportedly has admitted to hacking into the Astros' computer database.Team lawyer James G. Martin told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Correa had been fired after an "imposed leave of absence" but did not specify the reasons

for the dismissal. MORE: Are the Cardinals really THIS good?A source told the Post-Dispatch Correa has acknowledged playing a part in the ongoing hacking scandal, but said he accessed the Astros' records only to confirm they had stolen proprietary data. The source also said Correa is not responsible for other intrusions into the Astros' system being investigated by the FBI and did not leak any data.Correa was hired by former Cardinals executive Jeff Luhnow in 2009, two years before Luhnow left to become Houston's general manager. Correa, who has a master's in psychology, took over as the Cardinals' scouting director last December.