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Sport The Mets have no one but themselves to blame for this mess

18:03  17 january  2020
18:03  17 january  2020 Source:   nydailynews.com

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By parting ways with Carlos Beltran, the Mets have done the only thing they could have to protect their brand from a manager who’d been labeled a cheater by commissioner Rob Manfred

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Not just a cheater, but a ringleader in the 2017 Astros cheating scandal for which Manfred levied one-year suspensions on Houston GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch — who were then fired by club owner Jim Crane — along with the forfeiture of their first and second round draft picks for 2020 and 2021. Manfred made it pretty clear that if weren’t for the fact Beltran was a player with the Astros and not a management type he, too, would have been hit with a substantial suspension.

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But the Mets do not operate in a fair world. They operate in baseball, where there is no salary cap, where big-market teams aren’t supposed to be celebrated for payrolls that fall just a bit outside the top 10 ( the Mets began 2017 with the 12th-highest payroll, just a tick ahead of Seattle, which is no one ’s

Of course, the Mets are to be blamed here as well, co-conspirators as enablers in this relationship. All the clues were there on Sept. The Mets mainly gritted their teeth with no comments, Sandy Alderson got off a quip about “selfies,” and no one from the organization publicly rebuked Harvey for anything

The very fact that Beltran was the only player Manfred singled out from his investigation could be viewed as a direct notice to the Mets that they needed to address the situation — just as the Red Sox did earlier this week by firing their manager, Alex Cora, for his principal role in the Houston cheating scandal, and subsequent role in the 2018 Red Sox cheating scandal which Manfred’s team is still investigating.

Houston and Boston fired the principals in the Houston cheating scandal to protect their brands, and the Wilpons, who are in the process of negotiating to sell the majority interest in the Mets to New York hedge fund tycoon Steve Cohen, could not afford to have their brand tarnished. It also didn’t help that, at the general managers meetings in Scottsdale back in November, shortly after his hiring as Mets manager, Beltran lied to the media about any involvement in cheating with the Astros.

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For that, he gets to join Wally Backman in the exclusive club of managers fired before they ever managed a game. In 2004, Backman was hired as manager by the Arizona Diamondbacks, only to be fired four days later when it was learned he had violated his five-year probation from a 2001 conviction of driving under the influence. Once again, it was all about a team protecting their brand.

But while the Diamondbacks may have been blindsided in Backman’s case, as far as the Mets are concerned, they have no one to blame but themselves for this Beltran mess. When they fired Mickey Callaway after the season, it was generally agreed that, this time, they needed an experienced manager, with a proven winning track record to guide a young team that’s ready to win. Instead, they went out their way to do just the opposite. They never even interviewed Buck Showalter, Mike Scioscia or Dusty Baker.

One of Callaway’s biggest faults was his handling of the bullpen and there may be no manager in baseball better in that regard than Joe Girardi, who also had a proven winning track record and a world championship. But the Mets passed over him, too, kept him waiting for a callback until he could wait no more and accepted the Phillies job.

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Tim Bogar, who came up in baseball with the Mets and was Manager of the Year in two different minor leagues, was another one they talked to but eventually passed on. Why? Because once again they wanted to show everyone how smart they were, how they like to think out of the box, and so they hired Beltran, who never managed anywhere, never had to make pitching change, but somehow in their eyes had leadership skills all the others did not.

Worse, they hired Beltran without bothering to ask him anything about his role in the Houston cheating scandal, which was already in the process of being investigated by MLB. They spent days asking him hundreds of questions about everything else — except the one thing that would have disqualified him. Some vetting! Of course, even if they had, he probably would have lied to them like he did to the New York media.

In the end, the Mets got lucky and have been saved from what would have been another terrible mistake. Maybe this time they can finally get it right on a manager.

They could do no better than the guy they hired to be Beltran’s bench coach, Hensley Meulens. Presumably, they expected Meulens to be Beltran’s chief strategist. A native of Curacao, “Bam Bam” speaks five languages, managed the Netherlands in the 2013 World Baseball Classic and was revered by all the Giants players while serving as their batting coach — and later bench coach — from 2010 until last year. He was reportedly the runner-up to Aaron Boone for the Yankee managing job in 2017 and very likely would be the Giants manager now had Brian Sabean not been pushed out as their president of baseball operations.

It is a little scary to think, after striking out so badly on Callaway and Beltran, that the best candidate to manage the Mets might be right under their noses.

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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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