Carlos Beltran may have been “the godfather” of the Astros’ sign-stealing system that helped them win the World Series in 2017, but it didn’t do much for his own game.
Houston’s director of advance information Tom Koch-Weser sent an email to Astros personnel in late August of 2017 regarding the team’s “dark arts, sign-stealing department,” according to the Wall Street Journal, providing updates on how the players were responding to it.
Marwin Gonzalez, who was the first Astros batter to publicly apologize for the scandal on Tuesday, was reportedly thriving under the systemic sign-stealing operation called ‘Codebreaker,’ according to Koch-Weser.
But Koch-Weser couldn’t say the same about Beltran.
“Beltrán, who is the godfather of the whole program, ironically just swings at everything after taking a strike and probably does the worst with the info,” Koch-Weser wrote, per the WSJ.
Beltran, who was hired as the Mets manager until he was fired before the season even started in light of his involvement in the cheating scandal, registered the worst batting average of his career in 2017 (.231) when Houston won the World Series. He had 55 less hits…