For the fifth consecutive year, will spend the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve counting down the top seven stories of the year in St. Louis sports. The number one story will be revealed on Dec. 31.

The story coming in sixth on our list was a story which occupied our attention for much of the year – the fallout from former Cardinals’ scouting director Chris Correa pleading guilty to hacking the computer database of the Houston Astros.

Correa pleaded guilty to five counts of unauthorized access to protected computer information on Jan. 8, was sentenced on July 18 to 46 months in prison and began serving that sentence on Aug. 31 at a federal facility in Cumberland, Md.

As the year ends the Cardinals are still waiting for major league baseball to decide on what penalties will be imposed against the organization for the crime.

Here are the links to the stories we ran about Correa this year:

On Sunday we revealed the story which finished seventh on the list, the Cardinals’ signing of free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler on Dec. 9.

Here is the link to the column we ran on that day:

On Tuesday we will reveal the story which ranked fifth on our list of the top sports stories of the year in St. Louis sports.