BOSTON (CBS) — The Red Sox have some more competition in their managerial search, with the Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing scandal claiming another manager on Thursday. Carlos Beltran is stepping down as skipper of the New York Mets, before he even had a chance to manage a single game with the ballclub.
Beltran was a member of the Astros in 2017, and like recently ousted Red Sox manager Alex Cora, he was a central participant in Houston’s sign-stealing scheme that season. On Thursday, he informed the Mets that he would be stepping down from his new job.
“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, via MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. “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 in some point in time, I’ll have the opportunity to return to this game that I love so much.”
Beltran is the third MLB manager to lose his job for the Astros scandal. Cora and the Red Sox mutually parted ways on Tuesday night, while Astros manager A.J. Hinch was fired by the team shortly after MLB concluded their investigation and suspended him for the 2020 season. Houston GM Jeff Luhnow was also fired.
While Cora lost his job for his actions with the Astros, Major League Baseball is also currently investigating the Red Sox’ use of electronic devices to steal signals during the 2018 season.