At the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jeff Gordon opens his article with the following:
“The Cardinals could finally know their ‘Hackgate’ punishment within weeks.”
We’ve heard it before, but this is as definitive as a timeline has yet gotten.
A few days ago, we learned that the Commissioner’s office was finally closing in on a decision for the case, and now it seems that a more definitive timeline has been placed on things.
In fact, Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. recently indicated (via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch) that the punishment may even be announced before the beginning of Spring Training – which is not too far away: “I expect, hope, that it will play out before the start of spring training,” DeWitt Jr. told the Post-Dispatch. “I know the goal is, for the commissioner, to get things completed by late January, hopefully early February at the latest.”
DeWitt added that the league as done a lot of work in their investigation, including a review of everything that occurred in the federal procedures, and is in a good position to make a decision – something he’s hoping comes sooner than later.
With that said, DeWitt revealed that, although he hopes a decision is forthcoming soon, the Cardinals haven’t yet been affected in their planning because of this investigation. And unfortunately, if you’ve been following along with us, you’ll know that the forthcoming discipline may not affect them that much going forward, either.
But in the interest of fairness, I’ll say let’s just wait and see, but at this point, I wouldn’t be expecting anything too severe.
The saga continues ….