Beltran out as Mets manager amid fallout from Astros' sign-stealing scandal

Billie Rama
January 16, 2020 - 1:38 pm
Carlos Beltran

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Carlos Beltran is out as the manager of the New York Mets.

The news comes amid fallout from Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.

Beltran was named in MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's report on the sign-stealing scandal this week, WFAN.com reported. Beltran was a member of the 2017 World-Series team that illegally used a center field camera to steal signs and relay them to batters.

Beltran’s tenure with the Mets lasted just two months after the club hired him in November. Considered a bright mind with a strong managerial future, Beltran ends up not getting the chance to have that future in Queens.

During his time as a player, the nine-time All Star was widely known for his ability to pick up signs and recognize pitch tipping, spreading that advantage through the dugout. But it was his involvement in sign-stealing that led to his quick downfall with the Mets. 

Beltran is the third manager to lose his job because of the Astros cheating scandal, joining Houston’s AJ Hinch and Boston’s Alex Cora. The now former manager of the Mets was a “key part” of forming the plan to steal signs using electronic devices, The Athletic reported.

Cora, a bench coach with the Astros in 2017, has been fired by the Red Sox and awaits a suspension from Major League Baseball for his involvement in the scandal. Both being from Puerto Rico, Cora and Beltran are close, having a friendship that predates their time together with the Astros in 2017.

Hinch and Astros general manager, Jeff Luhnow, who was also fired, were both suspended for one year. MLB declined to discipline any players.

As reports of Beltran being prominently involved in helping the Astros cheat circulated, he denied any wrongdoing to the New York Post shortly after being hired by the Mets.

"We took a lot of pride studying pitchers [on> the computer. That is the only technology that I use and understand,” Beltran texted the Post on Nov. 12.

"I’m not concerned. There’s nothing illegal about studying your opposite team. We all have the same opportunity to look out for information and tendencies,” the now former Mets’ manager added two days later.

Beltran was the only player listed in Major League Baseball’s report on the Astros cheating scandal. The Astros lost their manager, general manager, four draft picks and $5 million as punishment from Major League Baseball, which many in the game considered not harsh enough.

"Carlos is trustworthy,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said at Beltran’s introductory press conference in November. “When we began this process, it was important for all of us in the ownership group and the baseball operations department to feel like we could exhale when we walked into the manager’s office, we didn’t want to inhale in anticipation of the conversations.”

Although Beltran was not penalized by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, having been named in the report hurt his ability to be trusted and strengthened the case against him keeping his job as manager of the Mets.

Pitchers and catchers are schedule to report to Port St. Lucie Feb. 10, putting the organization in an unfavorable position of needing to hire a manager less than one month before spring training begins.