And then there was another.
The baseball industry, which is fixated on the Astros scandal by stealing signs, looks at … the Mets?
The Red Sox fired ring winning manager Alex Cora on Tuesday night, continuing a series of sensational casualties from the report released by Commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday, turning the tide towards Queens. Cora, Astros Manager A.J. Hinch and Astros, president of baseball operations, Jeff Luhnow, have lost all of their jobs due to their connection to the system. Carlos Beltran is the most prominent person mentioned in Commissioner Rob Manfred's report on Monday and still has a significant job title – Mets Manager … at least for the time being.
The Mets have not commented on the status of Beltran since the publication of Manfred's report, in which Beltran – a player of the 2017 Astros Champion – was fingered as one of the makers behind the plan, using a center-field camera to signal the opponents Decipher catchers in real time on a video monitor near the dugout in Minute Maid Park. These signals were then passed on to the attackers by hitting a garbage can. Earlier Tuesday, the Mets were planning a press conference, the date and location of which had not yet been determined, to give Beltran the opportunity to explain his side. This includes the fact that he sent the Post twice in November that he knew nothing about fraud with the 2017 Astros.
Still, that was before the Red Sox sent another shock wave through the baseball world. Instead of waiting for baseball to complete its investigation into the recently released allegations that 2018 world champion Red Sox had illegally stolen signs, Boston's owner Cora fired Hinch's bench coach at Astros 2017.
In the report released on Monday, Cora was identified as the main culprit in the theft of signs by the Astros. Combined with everything that the Red Sox uncovered, Cora was also likely to face a one-year ban, possibly more. But after Hinch and Luhnow had been pinned down and then fired for a year, the Red Sox acted proactively to fire Cora instead of letting the matter become more solid with an inevitable conclusion.
"Given the results and the decision of the commissioner, we decided together that Alex would not be able to effectively run the club in the future, and we agreed on part of each other," the Red Sox said in a statement to that effect Chairman, owner John Henry, was attributed to Tom Werner, CEO Sam Kennedy and Cora.
Cora added in a statement: “Today we agreed that the separation is best for the organization. I don't want to distract the Red Sox as they move forward. "
Will Beltran be too distracting for the Mets if they do a win-now operation? General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen chose the nine-time All-Star (including four Mets appointments) after his dismissal of Mickey Callaway as his first manager, who outperformed more conventional candidates like Joe Girardi, Eduardo Perez, and Derek Shelton. Girardi and Shelton landed the gigs to manage the Phillies and Pirates. But just eight days after the Mets introduced Beltran to Citi Field, The Athletic reported on the Astro's high-tech harassment.
On November 12, Beltran wrote to the Post in an SMS: "I am not aware of this [center field] Camera. "He added:" We were very proud to study jugs [on] the computer. It is the only technology that I use and understand. "
Two days later, after The Athletic reported that Beltran and Cora had led the effort to illegally steal the signs of the opponents, Beltran doubled his innocence and told the post, "I'm not worried." It is not illegal to study the opposing team. We all have the same opportunity to look for information and trends. "
On November 14, Van Wagenen said, "At this point in time, I see no reason why this is a Mets situation," and he expressed little interest in talking to Beltran about the matter. It is not publicly clear whether Beltran discussed his Astros engagement with his superiors. Nevertheless, Beltran met with Manfred's investigation team the next month and announced his role in the theft of signs by Astros. This saved him discipline in major league baseball, since Manfred granted the players of the 17 Astros team immunity as long as they testified truthfully.
It not only protects Beltran from ending his first managerial job early, but also spends a day in spring training when the Mets decide that this will be too annoying and distracting for a win-now team.
The danger to Beltran and the Mets is that the Astros have not been punished hard enough, including the fact that no players have been fined. Will that cause more people to come forward to see Beltran as the pioneer of the Astros program, not just someone who has benefited from the scam? Will it be problematic for Beltran to lead if his integrity is questioned?
At the moment, the Mets are staying with their new manager. But they are also waiting to see what else appears and how Beltran is dealing with reporters for the first time.
The Mets were not involved in this scandal – but suddenly they are in the middle of it.