This has really turned into one of the most historic scandals in MLB history.
The Mets split from manager Carlos Beltran on Thursday afternoon, less than three months after hiring him. He is the third manager of the past week to be fired or to resign following the cheating scandal of Astros, joining AJ Hinch and Alex Cora. They are two winners of the World Series and another in Beltran whose engagement has led to almost universal praise.
Will our great-grandchildren talk about these 100 years since we still refer to the 1919 Black Sox scandal?
Beltran was named in Commissioner Rob Manfred’s report detailing the Astros sign theft. In addition to Cora, the name of Beltran has been mentioned more. Recently, two months ago, GM Brodie Van Wagenen dismissed questions about Beltran’s involvement and told reporters he saw it as an Astros problem.
“We met with Carlos last night and again this morning and agreed to separate from each other,” wrote Jeff Wilpon and Van Wagenen, COO of the Mets.
“This was not an easy decision. Considering the circumstances, it became clear to all parties that it was not in anyone’s interest that Carlos moved on as manager of the New York Mets.
“We believe Carlos has been honest and helpful with us. We are confident that this will not be the final chapter of his baseball career. We remain thrilled with the talent of this team and are committed to achieving our victory goals now and in the future.”
It seemed inevitable in the past 48 hours that Beltran was released. Attention shifted from Hinch and former Astros GM Jeff Luhnow to Cora and then to Beltran. The stench continued to spread and the Mets obviously feel that they are now better cutting ties to avoid embarrassments or questions about their franchise.
“During my 20 years of play, I have always been proud to be a leader and to do things the right way, and in this situation, I have failed,” says Beltran’s statement. “As a team veteran, I should have recognized the seriousness of the problem and truly regretted the actions taken.”
This shakes the east NL a bit. No, managers don’t have the same impact on baseball teams as NFL or NBA coaches, but the Mets are now in scramble mode. Launchers and collectors report in less than a month.
And beyond that, the Mets could be the third most attractive vacation spot right now behind the Astros and the Red Sox.
Buck Showalter? He is an experienced New York boy and was a finalist for the job that went to Joe Girardi.
Disappointing how the offseason post-Didi Gregorius / Zack Wheeler period was for many Phillies fans, two events this week benefited from it: the Mets upset and Josh Donaldson’s departure from the Braves to sign with the twins.
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