The fallout of the Houston Astros cheating scandal could reach Carlos Beltran and affect the New York Yankees and the New York Mets.
Beltran was named in MLB’s investigation as a key figure in the Astros’ cheating scheme but was not punished because he was a player at the time.
People who were with the Astros in 2017 have spoken about how much Beltran helped “behind the scenes,” saying they believed he was a big part of the Yankees’ success in 2018 when he joined the team as an advisor.
Beltran is currently the manager of the Mets, and some think he won’t be able to keep his job after being named in the scheme.
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The ripple effects of the Houston Astros cheating scheme of electronically stealing signs could make their way to the New York Yankees and New York Mets through Carlos Beltran.
As first reported by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich, the Astros placed a camera in centerfield of Minute Maid Park that was focused on the opposing catcher and relayed to a TV in the tunnel leading to the dugout. Players would watch the TV for signals, then smack a garbage can with a bat to tip-off batters to off-speed pitches. While stealing signs is legal in MLB, using electronic equipment to do so is not.
Rosenthal and Drellich reported that Beltran, a designated hitter and outfielder in the final year of his playing career in 2017, was heavily involved in designing the Astros’ scheme. Hired as the manager of the Mets this offseason, he was the only player named in Commissioner Rob Manfred’s report on MLB’s investigation into the Astros.
After investigating, MLB came down hard on the Astros, fining the team $5 million, docking them first- and second-round picks in 2020 and 2021, and suspending GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for one year. The Astros later fired Luhnow and Hinch.
On Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora, who was a bench coach with the Astros in 2017 and reportedly involved in designing the scheme. The Athletic reported in January that the Red Sox were also said to have stolen signs electronically in 2018 by using the video replay room for managers.
Beltran has not been punished since he was a player at the time. MLB gave players immunity for speaking to investigators and it would be difficult to figure out who did what in the scheme.
However, the baseball world is now speculating whether Beltran, the Mets, and Yankees will get caught up in the scandal.
Beltran was the Yankees’ “biggest free-agent acquisition”
A press conference from 2018 in which Cora discussed Beltran has been re-circulating this week. It came after the Red Sox lost two straight games to the Yankees in London. Cora was asked about the Yankees offense scoring 29 runs in two days and credited Beltran, who had been hired as an advisor to the team.
“That’s a good offensive team, we know that. They’ve …read more
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