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La Russa believes Cards' hacking of Astros was 'low level'

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St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa writes some notes during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa writes some notes during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Tony La Russa at the Pujols Family Foundation Golf Tournament Monday Tony La Russa at the Pujols Family Foundation Golf Tournament Monday
By Brian Feldman, Baseball STL

ST. LOUIS -- At the Matt Holliday-hosted Pujols Family Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament at Meadowbrook Country Club in Ballwin on Monday morning, former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa spoke publicly for the first time on the allegations surrounding the potential hacking of the Houston Astros database.

To this point, all La Russa has said is he was not involved and knew nothing about it.

Now he goes one step further in defending his former team.  The long time Redbirds manager said he believes the FBI investigation won't reach the top levels of the front office.

“I know what the organization represents and whatever it is that was done wrong was done at a very low level,” La Russa said.  “I guarantee you the organization is not tarnished at all.  It sounded worse than it was.” 

The New York Times first reported the FBI is investigating the Cardinals for hacking into the Astros database, which is similar to one used by the Cards under former scouting head and current Houston GM Jeff Luhnow.  It's unclear at this time exactly what information was accessed and even what benefit the Cardinals received from the breach, if any.

It's also not known when the results of the investigation – both the FBI's and the Cardinals' internal one – will be disclosed to the public. 

“(The Cardinals) reputation is well earned before this, now and after this.  Whatever it is was very limited and will be dealt with,” La Russa said.

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