In the last couple of months, the MLB has been clouded by talk around a sign-cheating scandal stemming from the Houston Astros. That pushed league conduct an investigation that led to some significant punishment laid onto the Astros. However, it has seemingly moved the Boston Red Sox to part ways with manager Alex Cora for his involvement and possible actions involving possible wrongdoing with his now previous job. The dominos have continued to fall, which has led to Carlos Beltran stepping down from his position from the New York Mets, but was it the right move?
Carlos Beltran steps down from Mets
The punishment that league laid out on the Astros included a nine-page reports that indicated Beltran played a significant role in the matter. He was the only player that was identified by name in the document as he was noted to helping the team decode opposing teams’ signs and helping communicate them to his teammates.
With Cora let go by the Red Sox on Wednesday, that put Beltran on the hot seat due to his involvement in the matter. All of that foreseeably led to the former star outfielder to decide to remove himself from the position while issuing an apology.
“Over my 20 years in the game, I’ve always taken pride in being a leader and doing things the right way, and in this situation, I failed,” Beltran said in a statement given to ESPN. “As a veteran player on the team, I should’ve recognized the severity of the issue and truly regret the actions that were taken.
“I am a man of faith and integrity and what took place did not demonstrate those characteristics that are so very important to me and my family. I’m very sorry. It’s not who I am as a father, a husband, a teammate and as an educator. The Mets organization and I mutually agreed to part ways, moving forward for the greater good with no further distractions. I hope that at some point in time, I’ll have the opportunity to return to this game that I love so much.”
There had been no indication about whether Beltran would be punished since he was a player during that span, but the possibility could have been there.
What is the right move for Carlos Beltran?
The fallout from the Astros’ scandal had put Beltran in a tight spot as he was one of the critical parts of the entire matter. The fact that he was singled out as the only player named in the report put the Mets in a bad spot.
He knew that which was expressed through his statement after stepping down as he knew it would put the organization in a spot that they had no involvement. Like Cora, Beltran could have faced some stiffer punishment that would create a cloud of distractions around the team.
There was no way that he could operate in that position moving forward, given what the report detailed. At the same time, it doesn’t mean that there couldn’t be any further punishment down the line.
More importantly, that decision to go this route now also gives the Mets enough time to find a new manager well ahead of spring training for the 2020 season.
What lies ahead of the Mets?
The Mets are without a manager just a month before players have to report, but they are in a spot to conduct a thorough search for a new hire.
Beltran’s situation is no longer of their concern as his decision to move on allows them to operate away from that entirely. New York had interviewed several candidates for the position that could see them speak with the likes of Eduardo Perez, Tim Bogar, Pat Murphy, and Luis Rojas. Given how things transpired with this matter, the front office will go about it a more thorough approach.
Expect the Mets to go through the process swiftly with their shortlist of names in the coming weeks.