For the Mets, the drawing theft saga that has now upset the Astros and Red Sox is the flood in the apartment above you. It is not your flood. But here it seeps into your apartment.
It is a perfect storm of evil for an organization that has stumbled through so many missteps over the years:
1) The Astros were the most hated organization in the majors. So all of their competitors wanted to have as much negative impact on Houston as possible.
2) However, I have not found an outside executive who believes Houston has been sufficiently punished in the judgments announced by Commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday. In a way, I've heard that former Houston manager A.J. Hinch and the baseball business president, Jeff Luhnow, would have been banned forever and / or the Astros would have lost the ability to sign players internationally for a few years. or that players should have been punished.
3) Beltran is the only player mentioned in the MLB report. The implication is clear – he wasn't just a beneficiary of knowledge that steals signs. He was involved in setting up the fraud mechanism. And he's no longer a player. He is now a manager. He is in an authority position.
4) Because of the athletic rage, it is possible that more people will report and make disclosures, especially about Beltran's commitment. That would be the worst case for the Mets – to stand at Beltran and / or hold a press conference in which he hopefully addresses this for the only time and more and more damn information flows out in drops and drops.
5) The Mets are a win-now team. You already wanted to try to win with a rookie manager. Which is difficult. It just got a lot more difficult – and not just because reporters are going to ask questions. Will Mets players question the authority of someone involved in this scheme?
For J.D. Davis / Jake Marisnick, who played on the Astros in 2017, that shouldn't be a problem (what did they know and when did they know?). But what about those who played against the 17 Astros like Marcus Stroman, Jed Lowrie and Wilson Ramos? I will exclude Dellin Betances and Robinson Cano, who already have close relationships with Beltran.
All of this leaves the Mets in a difficult situation – this is not their flood and yet the water seeps in. Beltran had a different organization, a different role and was ultimately not punished by MLB here. But he wasn't punished for being a player, and MLB didn't want to try to suspend players for various reasons, including a lengthy struggle with the union. However, the report makes it pretty clear through Beltran's inclusion, as the ONLY player mentioned that he wasn't just a spectator here.
The Mets want to avoid joining Houston and Boston to find a manager at this late stage. It's possible that Beltran thinks about it at a press conference and everyone buys an explanation (see: Alex Rodriguez & # 39; PED apology from 2009) that 2017 was a "loose-goosey" era when it was about it went to use the new technology for decoding signs and Beltran didn't know he was cheating just because he thought he was using what was available to him to do what he had always done: to try to gain an advantage by knowing what was coming.
This will be nonsense because, like steroid players, Houston has tried to hide what it is doing. The Astros knew that this was illegal. Hinch broke two of the monitors that were used for cheating. He didn't do it because it was going on. Beltran knew that what was being done was illegal. He and the Astros did it anyway. He cheated. He knew it. Period.
Brodie Van Wagenen placed a high value on "trust" when he explained why he had hired Beltran in early November. How does that read for the organization today? Did Beltran tell the Mets the truth about his involvement in the Astros at the start of these revelations? Or did they have to find out what he said to the investigators at the Commissioners Office? How is this trust today before jugs and catchers have even reported?
At that moment, Beltran and the Mets were silent in public. You can only play the four corners of dodging for so long. The flood from the upstairs apartment is now in her house.