Steve Phillips, the former general manager of Mets, had his own situation to deal with – but it was behind the scenes.
Phillips – in an interview on Chris "Mad Dog" Russo's Sirius XM show on Tuesday – said he was made aware that former Mets manager Bobby Valentine tried to steal signs with video equipment during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
"Ed Wade (GM at the Phillies at the moment) knocks on the window and says, 'Come here. The camera on the plate between the divisions keeps turning to the third base and coming back. What's this? "I said," I don't know, let me check it out. "
“I called the video room. And my video guy said, "Bobby asked me to pick up her third-base coach to see if we could get his marks." I said, "This is an injury. You can't. If someone asks you to do it again, you say no.
"Then I went down to Bobby (Valentine). And he said, "Oh, OK, then we won't do it anymore. We didn't do it."
Phillips said he thanked Wade for pointing this out and that the Mets would not do it again. He added that he called the commissioner to let him know that it happened and will not happen again, and they said, "OK, thanks."
The ex-GM, who now works for MLB Network Radio, said in 1998 that he had installed a video playback system at Shea Stadium and cameras behind the first and third basic photo boxes and behind the home plate, but not in the midfield because they " weren't looking to steal the characters or something. "
"We had to try to get the launcher's delivery, the hit of the racket, the first base shot would hit the right-hander."
Phillips also said that the Mets shouldn't fire Carlos Beltran for his role in the scandal, but admitted that the team was "embarrassed" and that he had to come clean.
"He needs to make some improvements," said Phillips. "He has to speak out loud. He has to acknowledge that he made mistakes. He must acknowledge that he has not answered questions correctly.
After MLB decided to grant all players immunity in the investigation, Beltran, a 2017 Astros player, was disciplined as long as he cooperated as baseball officials believe.
Phillips also said that this does not affect his relationship with the players.
"I think the players will react to him," he said. "Because … that went on with so many teams."