98.5 The Sports Hub staff report
The fallout of the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal has now hit Houston, Boston, and Queens, as the Mets and new manager Carlos Beltran made a mutual decision to part ways on Thursday.
The news, first reported by MLB insider Jeff Passan, came just 36 hours after the Red Sox and Alex Cora came to a similar ‘mutual’ decision, and with the league’s investigation coming with harsh penalties for almost all involved.
While Beltran was a player and not a coach on that black-eyed Astros team, it is worth mentioning that Cora subtly mentioned Beltran as being somebody who knew it all when discussing Beltran, who moved into a special advisor role with the Yankees last year, during last year’s series in London.
“Their attention to detail is phenomenal. I was joking with somebody that their biggest free-agent acquisition is Carlos Beltran,” Cora said with a wink. “I know how it works. He’s helping a lot. They’re paying attention to details, and we have to clean our details. It was eye-opening, the last few days — from top to bottom.
“And I’m not saying devices — all that stuff. It’s just stuff that the game will dictate and will scream at people. And he’s right there. Throughout the evening, I was looking and I saw it. And right now, they’re a lot better than us.”
The bad news here, of course, is that the Red Sox now have company when it comes to scouring the manager market.