Carlos Beltran may have been "the godfather" of the Astros shield theft system that helped them win the 2017 World Series, but it hasn't done much for his own game.
Houston's pre-release director Tom Koch-Weser emailed Astros employees in late August 2017, informing the team how the players reacted, according to the Wall Street Journal, about the team's “Dark Arts, Stealing Signs” department.
According to Koch-Weser, Marwin Gonzalez, who was the first Astros batsman to publicly apologize for the scandal on Tuesday, was successful under the systemic symbol-theft operation "Codebreaker".
But Koch-Weser couldn't say the same about Beltran.
"Ironically, Beltrán, who is the godfather of the entire program, swings everything after a strike and is probably doing the worst with the information," wrote Koch-Weser, according to the WSJ.
Beltran, who was hired until his dismissal as Mets manager before the season even started due to his involvement in the fraud scandal, had the worst hit average of his career in 2017 when Houston won the World Series. He had 55 fewer goals and 42 fewer RBIs than the previous season, which he shared between the Yankees and Rangers.
Compared to other seasons in which he appeared in more than 100 games, Beltran had a batting average of 0.295 in 2016 and a career high of 0.307 at the Royals in 2003.