Finding a way out
Did New York Mets manage to find a way to part with Beltran because they were trying to preserve their integrity Are you kidding me? After the history of scams and pyramid schemes, come on. It’s time to face reality
The local media pushed for Beltran’s dismissal. Fred and Jeff let the fourth estate force their hand. And Beltran wasn’t suspended by MLB! Certainly, Manfred could not suspend Beltran because he was a player at the time and might have faced a grievance from the Players Union. So he did the next best thing which was to single Beltran out in his report.
I gained respect for Van Wagenen when he made the above moves and changed the culture of the Mets, emphasizing excellence and a “come and get us” mentality. The Amazinss finished ten games over .500, only three games out of the playoff picture. That’s progress. There was a brighter future leading into 2020 with a great educator and communicator in Carlos Beltran.
We do not know what was said in the initial eight hours of that interview with Beltran. Do you think at any time of those eight hours did the rumors of sign stealing was mentioned and what his role was? Van Wagenen even stated that what happened in Houston had nothing to do with the New York Mets.
After all, nothing was mentioned when Beltran was a special advisor to Yankees GM Cashman and him passing sign-stealing methods to the Yankees. Brody stood up for his manager and protected the team.