An event to celebrate a Mets legend is now overshadowed by Carlos Beltran's uncertain future as a manager.
As the Mets gather in Port St. Lucie, Florida on Thursday morning to rename a street outside their Spring Training Ballpark after Mike Piazza, attention will be focused entirely on Beltran, who is the MLB's scandal of the sign theft Houston Astros has been implicated, which has resulted in two suspensions and three shots.
Post's Mike Puma said the Mets will not announce Beltran's fate on Wednesday, and it is unclear whether the organization will address Beltran's fluctuating situation before or after the piazza ceremony. Beltran is currently in Port St. Lucie as the team prepares for pitchers and catchers to report in February.
There was pressure on the Mets to decide the fate of their recently hired skipper after Astros manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow each had one season. MLB found that the two hadn't done enough to stop the fraud that started in 2017 and continued in 2018, and Houston then fired both men.
On Tuesday, Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who was Houston's bank coach in 2017 and helped plan the theft of signs, fired. This included a camera in the middle of the field, which forwarded signs to the Astro dugout. Players then slammed garbage cans to pass signs to the Batters, MLB confirmed.