Mets Manager Carlos Beltran Steps Down

Carlos Beltran is out as Mets manager before coaching a single game. Beltran resigned from his post, the team announced on Thursday, after questions swirled about his role in the Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing scandal. Beltran, 42, was hired in November by the Mets, a franchise he spent seven seasons with during his two-decade MLB playing career.

“We met with Carlos last night and again this morning and agreed to mutually part ways,” Mets owner Jeff Wilpon and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a joint statement. “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.”

Beltran is the third MLB manager to lose his job this week because of the Astros scandal. Houston manager A.J. Hinch was fired Monday after he received a one-year suspension from MLB, and Red Sox skipper Alex Cora was let go Tuesday night. Cora, the Astros bench coach in 2017, was referenced as a ringleader of the Astros scheme in Major League Baseball’s nine-page report and the Red Sox are also being investigated for potential electronic sign-stealing under Cora in 2018. Beltran was also mentioned by name in the report.

“At a meeting this morning with Jeff [Wilpon] and Brodie [Van Wagenen] 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 wish the entire organization success in the future.”