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Sport Carlos Beltran steps down as Mets manager because of sign-stealing scandal

20:50  16 january  2020
20:50  16 january  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Mets reportedly will take time deciding Carlos Beltran's fate

  Mets reportedly will take time deciding Carlos Beltran's fate While the Red Sox and Astros reacted quickly to the news of their now former managers’ involvement in the tactics, the Mets seem ready to let the process play out. While Beltran avoided a suspension from MLB, as did all players, this is an issue that will follow the Mets into spring training. However, the Mets are seemingly ready to deal with that for now as the expense of keeping the manager they just hired.

Carlos Beltran will never manage a game for the New York Mets.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Carlos Beltran talks after being introduced as manager of the New York Mets during a press conference at Citi Field on November 4, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)© 2019 Getty Images NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Carlos Beltran talks after being introduced as manager of the New York Mets during a press conference at Citi Field on November 4, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Beltran and the Mets have decided to part ways after he was specifically named in Major League Baseball’s report as a key player in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown reports that it’s a mutual decision between the Mets and the 42-year-old ex-outfielder:

Beltran was an active player for the Astros in 2017 when they illegally stole and transmitted signs during the regular season and World Series. Like the other current and former players questioned during the investigation, Beltran will not face a punishment from the league.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were not so lucky. Both were suspended by the league and immediately fired by the Astros for their involvement. Alex Cora, who served as Astros’ bench coach in 2017 and led the Boston Red Sox to the 2018 World Series championship, parted ways with Boston on Tuesday.

Those dismissals set a precedent that had all eyes focused on the Mets over the last 48 hours.

Mets can’t stay silent on Carlos Beltran

  Mets can’t stay silent on Carlos Beltran On November 4, Brodie Van Wagenen catalogued Carlos Beltran’s seemingly incomparable value to the Mets. The GM hand-picked his own manager just three days before Beltran was introduced in a flashy press conference at Citi Field. The Mets front office welcomed Beltran “back in the family,” as COO Jeff Wilpon put it, just 12 days before a damning article by The Athletic would forever alter the perception of the man tabbed to lead a young group of players. © Seth Wenig Beltran was a fresh start for the Mets. A sense of optimism for a win-now team was highlighted.

Beltran was the first managerial hire by general manager Brodie Van Wagenen back in November. That he’s decided to cut ties with Beltran is a loud declaration that the Mets front office wants to steer clear of the sign-stealing scandal and the chaos that is sure to follow.

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Mets hiring Luis Rojas as manager .
The Mets are hiring quality control coach Luis Rojas as their next manager, the team said Wednesday. Rojas is replacing Carlos Beltran after Beltran resigned in the wake of the Astros cheating scandal. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said that the Mets and Rojas are finalizing a multi-year contract to manage the team. Van Wagenen had to scramble to find a replacement for Beltran, who lasted just 77 days as manager and ultimately never managed a game. Beltran was fingered by MLB as a ringleader in the Astros’ “player-driven” sign-stealing “banging scheme.

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