New York Mets ‘Part Ways’ With Manager Carlos Beltrán Over Sign-Stealing Scandal

New York Mets ‘Part Ways’ With Manager Carlos Beltrán Over Sign-Stealing Scandal
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The New York Mets have announced that they are parting ways with their brand-new manager, Carlos Beltrán, amid a sign-stealing scandal that has rocked Major League Baseball.

“This was not an easy decision,” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. “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.”

On Monday, Major League Baseball’s commissioner, Robert Manfred, detailed the findings of an investigation into sign-stealing by the Houston Astros during the team World Series-winning 2017 season and 2018 season. Beltrán played for the club in 2017.

Within minutes of investigation’s release, Astros’ owner Jim Crane announced that the team was dismissing general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch.

The investigation also identified Alex Cora – base coach for the Astros at the time – as one of the main architects of the elaborate scheme. Cora went on to manage the Boston Red Sox. On Tuesday, that team announced that it had “mutually agreed to part ways” with Cora.

The commissioner did not specifically punish any players for their role in the scheme. Manfred’s statement provides little detail about Beltrán’s involvement in the cheating, but it does say that he was one of the players during the 2017 season who brainstormed methods to improve how they were decoding the opposing team’s signs to the batters.

In a statement Thursday, Beltrán said he “couldn’t let myself be a distraction for the team. I wish the entire organization success in the future.”

Source: NPR

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