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After days of silence, speculation, and a media firestorm, Carlos Beltran stepped down as manager of the New York Mets.
Beltran’s credibility and reputation were two of his best assets and with both of those now tarnished he couldn’t continue on as a manager of a team.
He seemed contrite for his actions and hopes he will be able to return to baseball sometime in the future.
The team was in an impossible situation and it was inevitable that the road would end in Beltran no longer managing the ballclub.
The general manager chose to put his head in the sand when it came to his new manager’s involvement in the scandal which helped lead to the mess they find themselves in.
That way of ignoring issues that could be detrimental to your team is exactly why baseball needs more players like Mike Fiers who aren’t afraid to bring issues into the light (paywall alert).
According to Jeff Wilpon, the report specifically naming Beltran changed their feelings about their new hire.
The team felt they had no choice but to make this decision and now they must hope it was the right one.
The team will not be paying Beltran his salary that he was due to earn for the next three seasons. Instead they will be making a donation to his charity.
So the team is now without a manager just a month before spring training. So where do they go from here?
Even with it being so late in the game, the Mets do have some options when it comes to finding a new manager.
After a tumultuous offseason, the team needs a seasoned manager who can help calm the waters.
To add insult to injury, ESPN analyst and Mets’ adviser Jessica Mendoza called out Mike Fiers for blowing the whistle on the Astros. The timing was certainly suspect and her conflict of interest remains in question which Brodie Van Wagenen did little to clear up.
Because this is the Mets, the team chose today to honor Mike Piazza who got a street named after him. So that was nice.
At the end of the day, David Roth summed it up in a way only David Roth can.
Around the National League East
Around Major League Baseball
Overall it was a wild day for baseball. A Twitter user claiming to be Carlos Beltran’s niece claimed they had evidence that Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman wore buzzers underneath their uniforms in order to get the sign of what pitch was coming next. Major League Baseball countered that they found no evidence supporting that claim. And just to add to the weirdness Scott Brosius’ son accused Mike Trout of using HGH.
The Astros are just the latest in a long line of unethical behavior that teams have engaged in recently and Commissioner Rob Manfred is tired of dealing with it.
Despite not having a general manager currently, the Astros avoided arbitration with George Springer and reached a deal worth $21 million.
Houston is also looking for a new manager and have a few veteran candidates to fill the roll.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
The staff weighed in with what they thought about the Carlos Beltran situation.
Number 11 on Steve Sypa’s prospect list was Joshua Wolf.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 2011, the Mets signed Willie Harris to play the outfield.