January 21, 2020

Carlos Beltran steps down as Mets manager amid Astros cheating scandal (New York Post)


Carlos Beltran stepped down as Mets manager on Thursday, The Athletic reported.

It comes less than three months after appointing him manager and just days after MLB confirmed his involvement in the Astros’ cheating saga as a player in 2017. The Mets had been debating Beltran’s future since Monday and were conflicted on what to do, according to The Post’s Joel Sherman.

Beltran, 42, had been on shaky ground since the league revealed Monday that he played a pivotal role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, as a player during the 2017 championship season.

Beltran was the only Astros player implicated in the report, which led Houston to fire general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch.

No players were punished.

On Tuesday, the Red Sox canned manager Alex Cora — who has not yet been punished by the league — as he was a bench coach with Houston in 2017 and helped orchestrate the cheating, which included a center field camera that helped relay pitchers’ signs to the Astros’ dugout.

MLB determined Houston illegally stole signs in 2017, including the postseason, as well as part of 2018.

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Carlos BeltranCharles Wenzelberg/New York Post

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