The New York Mets and Carlos Beltran mutually agreed to part ways in light of the Astros sign-stealing scandal. The Amazins are three weeks away from spring training and have hired someone who finished far behind Beltran in the last round.
It seems like only the New York Mets could somehow be collateral damage in a scandal that does not involve them whats so ever. However, is it crazy to say that Carlos Beltran could have survived this and managed the Amazins?
MLB’s report on the Astros investigation came out on January 13th with Carlos Beltran being the only player at the time named in the report. Commissioner Rob Manfred made it clear he was not going to suspend any of the players due to the fact he could not really tell how much or little certain players were involved. It’s simple. Beltran was a player at the time so no suspension shall be given to him, yet he was named in the report.
By the simple logic of Beltran not being suspended the New York Mets could have kept him on as manager. Would that have been okay with fans? Both the Amazins and Beltran stayed silent for two days on this matter. If it was handled better than yes, then Brodie Van Wagenen’s first managerial hire could still be with the team.
A mea culpa press conference where Beltran apologizes and answered all of the reporter’s questions it would have probably gone over well with the media and fanbase. Beltran was a fan favorite with an intelligent baseball mind. Many Mets fans could have forgiven him.
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Beltran is a tough guy and has dealt with the Metropolitan Area media before so he definitely would have been able to handle the tough questions. The New York Mets instead elected to go with radio silence and let this problem boil over until they really had no choice.
While I don’t blame the Mets for firing him I feel like this whole situation could have been handled better. Obviously removing a man who is now known cheater is not a bad decision. If Mets ownership really wanted Beltran (which Brodie Van Wagenen did) they should have done everything they could have to keep him around.
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