Carlos Beltran out as Mets manager amid Astros sign stealing scandal
Carlos Beltran is out as New York Mets manager due to his involvement with the sign-stealing scandal involving the Houston Astros.
Beltran’s fate was first reported by Tim Brown for Yahoo Sports.
While the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox took decisive action in jettisoning their managers after Major League Baseball's investigation into sign stealing in Houston, the New York Mets had stayed silent on Carlos Beltrán's future.
Houston fired AJ Hinch one hour after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred released his findings. Boston's management took 29 1/2 hours to announce Alex Cora's departure.
Manfred mentioned Cora by name 11 times in a nine-page report, saying he “originated and executed” the scheme in which Houston used a center field camera to decode catchers’ signals to pitchers, then banged on a trash can to relay the signs to batters so they would know what type of pitch was coming.
Beltrán was implicated by Manfred in his report Monday — the only player mentioned. Manfred decided that no players would be disciplined for breaking rules prohibiting the use of electronics to steal catchers’ signs in 2017 after levying penalties against Boston and the New York Yankees.
“We met with Carlos last night and again this morning and agreed to mutually part ways," Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. "This was not an easy decision. Considering the circumstances, it became clear to all parties that it was not in anyone’s best interest for Carlos to move forward as Manager of the New York Mets. We believe that Carlos was honest and forthcoming with us. We are confident that this will not be the final chapter in his baseball career. We remain excited about the talent on this team and are committed to reaching our goals of winning now and in the future.”
“At a meeting this morning with Jeff and Brodie we mutually agreed to part ways," Beltrán said in a statement. "I’m grateful to them for giving me the opportunity, but we agreed this decision is in the best interest of the team. I couldn’t let myself be a distraction for the team. I wish the entire organization success in the future.”
AP Wire Services were used in this report.
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