Sports | January 16, 2020 1:55 pm

Carlos Beltran Out as Manager of NY Mets for Stealing Signs

Beltran is stepping down before he even had a chance to manage a game

Beltran is stepping down before he even had a chance to manage a game
Carlos Beltran talks after being introduced as manager of the Mets. (Rich Schultz/Getty)
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Carlos Beltran will end his managerial career without a loss. But, he’ll also end it without a win.

Before he even had a chance to manage a game for the Mets, Carlos Beltran is vacating his post as the skipper in New York.

Beltran, 42, told the Mets it was “best” if he stepped down as manager in New York and the team granted his wish by agreeing to mutually part ways less than three months after they hired him.

“At a meeting this morning with Jeff and Brodie we mutually agreed to part ways,” Beltran said in a statement. “I’m grateful to them for giving me the opportunity, but we agreed this decision is in the best interest of the team. I couldn’t let myself be a distraction for the team. I wish the entire organization success in the future.”

Even if they wanted to keep him, it would have been difficult for the Mets to retain Beltran in the wake of Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing practices in 2017.

Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen issued this statement on the matter: “We met with Carlos last night and again this morning and agreed to mutually part ways. This was not an easy decision. Considering the circumstances, it became clear to all parties that it was not in anyone’s best interest for Carlos to move forward as Manager of the New York Mets. We believe that Carlos was honest and forthcoming with us. We are confident that this will not be the final chapter in his baseball career. We remain excited about the talent on this team and are committed to reaching our goals of winning now and in the future.”

Current New York coach Luis Rojas is under consideration for managerial vacancy, sources tell The Athletic.

The Astros and Red Sox, who also got rid of their managers (AJ Hinch and Alex Cora) after MLB issued its report on the 2017 Astros, also need to fill their managerial vacancies.

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