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St. Louis Cardinals hired firm to assist in internal investigation

St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak sits

St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak sits in the front office suite in the press box during a game between the Cardinals and the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in St. Louis. Credit: AP / Chris Lee

The St. Louis Cardinals said Wednesday in a statement that the organization hired a law firm "several months ago" to help federal prosecutors with the investigation of the security breach involving the Astros' computer database.

The Cardinals hired the law firm of Dowd Bennett to help turn over information to the federal prosecutors and assist in the team's own internal review of the matter.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that the Cardinals allegedly hacked into the Astros' computer network, named Ground Control, and may have stolen proprietary information. The origin of the computer break-in also was traced to a house in Jupiter, Florida -- the Cardinals' spring training site -- according to Yahoo Sports.

Jim Martin, an attorney for Dowd Bennett, told The Associated Press that high-level Cardinals executives were not involved, citing the internal review.

"With what we have done so far, I am 100 percent confident that this does not touch upper management and does not involve people like John Mozeliak and Bill DeWitt," Martin told The Associated Press.

DeWitt is the Cardinals' chairman and Mozeliak is the team's senior vice president and general manager.

"These are serious allegations that don't reflect who we are as an organization," DeWitt said Wednesday in a statement. "We are committed to getting to the bottom of this matter as soon as possible, and if anyone within our organization is determined to be involved in anything inappropriate, they will be held accountable."

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, who has been on the job for nearly six months, said Tuesday that he will wait for the FBI and Justice Department to conclude their investigations before ruling on any potential disciplinary actions.

"The alleged conduct has no place in our game," Mozeliak said Wednesday in a statement. "We hold ourselves to the highest standards in every facet of our organization. It has been that way forever and is certainly true today. We are committed to finding out what happened. To the extent we can substantiate that these allegations have merit, we will take appropriate action against anyone involved."

Because federal agencies are involved, any Cardinals employees implicated could be subject to prosecution.

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