Beltrán out as Mets manager in wake of sign-stealing scandal

Thu Jan 16 1:47pm ET
By MIKE FITZPATRICK
AP Baseball Writer

In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, New York Mets new manager Carlos Beltran arrives at an introductory baseball news conference with his family, including his wife Jessica Beltran, left, at Citi Field in New York. Beltran is out as manager of the Mets. The team announced the move Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)


In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo, New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran listens to a question during the Major League Baseball winter meetings in San Diego. Beltran is out as manager of the Mets. The team announced the move Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)


In this Oct. 17, 2004, file photo, then-Houston Astros' Carlos Beltran reacts after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game 4 of the National League Championship Series in Houston. Beltran is out as manager of the New York Mets. The team announced the move Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)


In this Oct. 24, 2017, file photo, then-Houston Astros' Carlos Beltran waits in the dugout during the sixth inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, in Los Angeles. Beltran is out as manager of the New York Mets. The team announced the move Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)


In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, New York Mets new manager, Carlos Beltran, right, laughs with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen at the start of an introductory baseball news conference at Citi Field in New York. Beltran is out as manager of the Mets. The team announced the move Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)


In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, new New York Mets manager, Carlos Beltran, center, poses for a picture with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, left, and Mets COO Jeff Wilpon during a baseball news conference at Citi Field in New York. Beltran is out as manager of the Mets. The team announced the move Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)


In this Dec. 5, 2016, file photo, Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, right, hands outfielder Carlos Beltran a cap during a news conference to announce Beltran's signing a one-year contract with the team, in Houston. Beltran is out as manager of the New York Mets. The team announced the move Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)


NEW YORK (AP) Carlos Beltrán is out as manager of the New York Mets before managing even a single game, the latest fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal that has rocked Major League Baseball.

The Mets announced the decision Thursday in a news release, saying Beltrán and the team “agreed to mutually part ways.” The move came two days after Boston cut ties with manager Alex Cora, who was Houston’s bench coach in 2017 when Beltrán played for the Astros.

A day before that, manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired by Houston soon after they were suspended for the 2020 season by Commissioner Rob Manfred for their roles in the cheating scheme.

Next to fall was Beltrán, the only Astros hitter mentioned by name Monday when MLB issued its findings from an investigation into the club’s conduct. No players were disciplined, but the nine-page report said Beltrán was among the group involved in the team's illicit use of electronics to pilfer signs during Houston's run to the 2017 World Series championship.

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