Mike Francesa calls out ex-Yankees for sign theft


Mike Francesa has a message for Yankees players and fans who are upset about the MLB scandal that has cast a spell over the Astros, Red Sox and Mets.

Francesa yanked CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira for their comments on the scandal during his Wednesday show on WFAN radio.

Teixeira, who played with Beltran in the Bronx for three years, said the Mets should drop Carlos Beltran, just like the Red Sox Alex Cora and the Astros with the pink A.J. Hinch. Sabathia recently said it was "frustrating" to know that the Yankees' two main rivals had been cheated and that he could have won another World Cup title in 2017 or 2018 if the scandal hadn't happened.

But Francesa does not buy any of these lectures from the two former Yankees that led the Yankees to a World Series title in 2009.

"So that the Yankees act hypocritical here, I don't care whether it's (Mark) Teixeira, CC Sabathia," said Francesa. "The Yankees want to return the home runs that were hit by players who played steroids in the off-season won? "Or the games that pitchers played with steroids? Of course not. They want to reject that.

"You cannot act more sacred than you if your own house is not in order."

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Francesa, who doubled in his Tuesday comments, saying Beltran should not be fired, also said the Yankees had many players who were punished for using steroids. The most notable Yankee caught with steroids was Alex Rodriguez, a key tooth in her 2009 World Series run.

"The Yankees had more steroid types than anyone else, so you can't act more sacred than you if your own home is not in order," he said.

Francesa also said that the Yankees didn't care about the vortex that surrounded Beltran when they hired him last season.

"Why didn't the Yankees talk to him about what happened in 2017 when it was so important," said the WFAN presenter. "They made 17 claims. Why didn't they put Beltran down now that he was an employee and ask him what's going on?"

Francesa said that because Beltran wasn't a skipper at the time, he shouldn't lose the Mets job because he stole characters as a player and that it was the manager's job to stop questionable actions. Beltran was the only player mentioned in Commissioner Rob Manfred's report.

"Here is the only thing that people lack," said Francesa, addressing the critics demanding Beltran's dismissal. "Whether Beltran was the architect of the sign theft or not, he wasn't in an authority position in Houston, they could have turned it off."

“No player will ever be charged or punished for using information the team has gathered regarding the characters. It has been played in baseball for 70 years. "

Francesa said Beltran, who lied to Joel Sherman from the Post two months ago about his involvement in the scandal, was dealing with the media but should not lose his job.

"Well, maybe you want to impose this stigma on Beltran and maybe you're upset that he lied to the media?" Said Francesa. "Stand in line for every trainer who has lied to the media a million times, to every owner who has lied to the media a million times, to every player who has lied to the media a million times. He's not fired because he lied to the media. "