The Astros’ pranks to steal signs from their 2017 World Series-winning campaign have already eliminated two prominent members of that team’s staff this week. Houston fired manager A.J. Hinch on Monday after Major League Baseball gave him a one-year suspension. Boston then captured Captain Alex Cora, Hinch’s former right-hand man and someone who will soon receive a heavy punishment from MLB, on Tuesday.
It is possible that this scandal, one of the greatest in the history of baseball, does not bring down high profile figures. Now Damocles’ proverbial sword is hanging over the head of another manager. This time it was Carlos Beltrán de los Mets, who played for the Astros in 2017. According to Commissioner Rob Manfred, Beltrán discussed with his teammates how “Improve by decoding the signs of the opposing teams and communicating the signs to the batter.”
Beltrán was part of the investigation of the league, initially claiming that he did not know the Astros scheme before admitting that there was a bad action by the team. However, Manfred chose not to punish Beltrán or any of the other Astros players of 2017.
Manfred may not have come down to Beltran, but the Mets may not be so kind to the potential 42-year-old Hall of Famer. Although the Mets hired Beltrán for the first time just over two months ago, their work already seems to be in danger. It’s a 180 for a club whose general manager, Brodie Van Wagenen, said of Beltran in November: “Everything that happened, happened with another organization, with Houston. I have no idea if something happened or not, but right now I don’t see any reason why this is a Mets situation. “
Van Wagenen once called Beltran “trustworthy,” but the Mets’ confidence in him can fade only weeks after his hiring and weeks before spring training begins. Also, as Tim Britton of The Athletic points out, this is “a team especially aware of the image.” Beltrán’s presence could be problematic for a franchise that is always under the microscope, then, and it is now possible that his career as his manager ends before he is truly able to begin.
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