Well, we can’t say we didn’t see this one coming. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Carlos Beltran has told the Mets he will be stepping down from his manager position following being named amongst the perpetrators of the Astros sign-stealing scandal.
Beltran stepping down as #Mets manager, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 16, 2020
A few days after being named the Mets new skipper, The Athletic released a detailed expose on the electronic and archaic (i.e. trashcan beating) tactics that the Astros used to steal signs, with details and names provided by former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers. Beltran was named in this report.
In a joint statement released by COO Jeff Wilpon and GM Brodie Van Wagenen, the pair explained their motive. “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.”
“At a meeting this morning with Jeff and Brodie we mutually agreed to part ways. I’m grateful to them for giving me the opportunity, but we agreed this decision is in the best interest of the team.” Beltran said in a statement also released by the Mets. “I couldn’t let myself be a distraction for the team. I wish the entire organization success in the future.”
After losing the position to Aaron Boone for Yankees manager in 2017, the team hired him as a special advisor to Brian Cashman.
Beltran joins Alex Cora and A.J. Hinch in a horrible club to be apart of: all the major league managers who have been fired because of this cheating fiasco.
The Mets now have less than a month before spring training to find a new skipper. May the odds be ever in their favor...for once.