In a move that I doubt surprises anybody, multiple sources are reporting Carlos Beltran is out as Mets manager before ever actually managing a game. The reason, of course, is his central roll in the Astros’ use of cameras, the replay room, and trash cans to steal signs and communicate them to their batters. MLB elected not to discipline players from the 2017 Astros, like Beltrán. However, he’s no longer a player. Two other managers—A.J. Hinch and Alex Cora—had already lost their jobs, so it seemed (to me at least) just a matter of time before this move was made.
Commissioner Manfred was very clear that penalties for use of technology would be significant, so MLB really had to react when it became known what the Astros did…especially since they continued it after Manfred’s warning. There is certainly more to come for the Red Sox’ organization as a two-time offender. An official suspension of Alex Cora of a year would be minimum as well…I expect longer. However, I’d like to posit that the best prevention for this would be for every team being able to have electronic signaling between the dugout/catcher/fielders/pitcher. If there’s no hand signaling, then there’s nothing to steal, right?
Whatever the case, there are now three manager openings in MLB less than a month away from Spring Training. Hey, y’all, pitchers and catchers report in less than four weeks!