NEW YORK — Carlos Beltran’s tenure as manager of the New York Mets ended before he even managed a game.
Beltran was the only player named in Major League Baseball’s investigation of the Astros. The Mets signed him to a three-year deal to manage the team on Nov. 1, 2019. It was Beltran’s first job as a manager in the Majors.
But Beltran was one of the key players in the Astros’ scheme to tip off hitters by stealing the opponent’s pitching signs, according to MLB’s investigation, which was issued this week.
“Approximately two months into the 2017 season, a group of players, including Carlos Beltrán, discussed that the team could improve on decoding opposing teams’ signs and communicating the signs to the batter,” the MLB report said, according to ESPN.
The scheme the Astros came up with involved using video cameras and trash cans to send signals to the hitters, tipping them to the kind of pitch that was about to be delivered.
The scheme they devised involved using trash cans and video cameras to send out signals to hitters. No other player has received any discipline from MLB for the sign-stealing scheme as of Thursday.
Beltran was nine-time All-Star during his 20 years in the majors. He finished his major-league career with the Astros in 2017, and spent 2018 as an adviser to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.
Beltran, 42, played for the Mets from 2005 to 2011.