Another domino has fallen in the sign-stealing scandal linked back to the Houston Astros from 2017.
On Thursday, the New York Mets and manager Carlos Beltran mutually agreed to part ways without Beltran even managing a single game.
Beltran stepping down as #Mets manager, sources tell The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 16, 2020
Beltran was a player on the 2017 Astros squad and was reported to be a active member of the sign-stealing scandal the team used on their way to winning the 2017 World Series. Beltran was the only player named in MLB’s investigation into the scandal.
“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 Thursday. “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.”
Said Beltran: “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.”
Beltran is the third manager in the past week to lose his job as a result of the MLB investigation. A.J. Hinch was let go by the Astros as well as GM Jeff Luhnow, followed by the Boston Red Sox, 2018 World Series Champions, parting ways with manager Alex Cora.