The St. Louis Cardinals have hired a new scouting director in the light of events surrounding the computer-hacking incident from earlier this summer.
According to MLB.com reporter Jenifer Langosch, the Cardinals hired Randy Flores as lead scouting director to succeed Chris Correa. Correa was dismissed on July 1 and becomes the team’s fourth scouting director in the past five seasons.
In case the name sounds familiar, Flores actually pitched in the St. Louis system beginning with the 2003 season and went on to pitch in relief for five seasons with the Cardinals. Flores retired in 2011.
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“You see a guy like Randy who has the experience, but he also brings a lot of things to the table. He’s a smart guy. He’s a great communicator. He’s very conscientious. And with all of that put together, he’s the type of person you just want involved here,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told MLB.com.
The fact the team went with Flores should bring some stability to the front-office ranks.
It has been largely believed the Cardinals’ computer-hacking incident, where Correa accessed the Houston Astros’ database, was the work of a few people inside the organization.
Still, the hiring of Flores will be a calming influence for the Cardinals. Matheny has worked with him and likes him, so that relationship should run smoothly.
The Cardinals need to put this behind them as soon as possible. The play on the field has helped take the minds off of the hacking incident for many fans. Oh sure, the haters will still hate, but that’s beside the point.
Time will tell if Flores and his scouts will find the right people to help Cardinal Nation blossom in the future.