The Mets may have made the right decision.
Carlos Beltran was involved in the Astros scandal of electronic sign stealing, according to The Athletic, which is why the Mets' decision to switch from him before his first season as a coach seems reasonable.
Beltran, a veteran of the 2017 Astros Championship, was involved in the creation of the plan together with then bank trainer Alex Cora. Several Astros who spoke to The Athletic about the conditions said that the players knew in advance which places would come of anonymity.
For home games, a video monitor was positioned to transcribe characters from a camera in midfield, and the team members then hit a garbage can within earshot of the batsman.
In November, Beltran told The Post that he "doesn't know this camera" and that "we study the opposing team every day". But now it's clear that Beltran was a driving force in Astros' program.
When Beltran joined Astros in 2017 after playing with the Yankees for the past three seasons, he told the Astros that they were "behind the times" when it came to stealing signs. Brian McCann, the veteran catcher, has reportedly contacted Beltran once to stop the program, but it didn't work.
"He ignored it and rolled everyone with steam," said one of the players. "Where do you go when you're a young, impressive player with the Astros and this guy says," We'll do it "? How's it going?"
Beltran was a former star player with ID in the Hall of Fame and had respect for the clubhouse.
Members of the 2017 team described Beltran to The Athletic as "the Godfather", "El Jefe (the boss)", "the King" and the "Alpha Man".
"I was in my first year, man," said former Astros and current pirate launcher Joe Musgrove earlier on MLB Network. "Along with [Alex] Bregman and a lot of these people, and in your first year in the big leagues, you're with people like Beltrán and (Brian) McCann, some big names. And I'm not going to be the pitcher who walks up to them and tells them to knock him off. "
But the Astros haven't stopped stealing signs illegally when Beltran retired this season, The Athletic reported. The team's younger players have also not joined this year.
The Mets moved from Beltran after being the only player named in the baseball investigation that led to the dismissal of Astros by manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow.
Joel Sherman from the Post reported One of the reasons the Mets left Beltran was because of the fear of new details like this that came up and put them in a controversy they had nothing to do with. The Mets hired 42-year-old Beltran in November, just over a week before the first Astros fraud scandal announcement was released. He was released in January.