Jan. 20, 2020
3 MLB Teams Are Looking For New Managers Amid Cheating Scandal.
In a time that should be nice and quite for Major League Baseball, a sign-stealing scandal surrounding the Houston Astros as taken over the sports headlines of every major newspaper and sports site in the country.
Three managers have lost their jobs amid the sign-stealing scandal. The Houston Astros Fired AJ Hinch, The Boston Red Sox parted ways with Alex Cora and on Thursday it was announced that Carlos Beltran and the New York Mets have parted ways amid the scandal.
Beltran's separation of ways from the Mets was different than Hinch and Cora. Beltran did not even get a chance to manage his first Major League game. Beltran, was hired by the Mets during the offseason to take over for Terry Collins, who was fired by the Mets after a 86-76 and the Mets missed the playoffs.
In a joint statement Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the following to reporters.
"It's a sad day for the Mets Organization but it was a decision we had to make. Carlos understands why we did what we had to do. But the team needs to move on and we look forward to the start of the season."
Carlos Beltran himself released a statement and said the following.
"I'm sorry to the fans and my family. This was not the way I was brought up. My parents brought me up to win the right way and I let them down. I'm apologize to the Mets organization and the Mets fans for the mistakes I made and I let down."
New York Mets Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso summed this up at best with a statement of his own.
" We are here to play the game of Baseball. And to the fans of the New York Mets this news comes as a shock. But we do have a season coming up in a few months. And we start spring training in just over a month and we look forward to getting back out their and playing the game we love. I know this is going to hurt but we have faith in Mets management and the fans of New York who come and see us play."
In a statement form Jeff Wilpon, the COO of the Mets, he did say that there was no pressure form the commissioners office to fire Beltran and " it was the club's decision."
Carlos Beltran was a part of the 2017 Houston Astros when the Astros won the World Series that year. Beltran, made several stops along the way in his playing career. He ended his career with the 2017 Astros and at that time nobody knew of the scandal that was about to hit.
Beltran is the first player to be implicated in the sign stealing- scandal. No disciplinary action has been taken yet by Major League Baseball against Alex Cora or Carlos Beltran.
Here's my take..
If there was a sports hall of shame in the world, the Houston Astros would be in already. Now the Astros have fired Manager AJ Hinch and General Manager Jeff Luhnow. The Red Sox have parted ways with Alex Cora, Now Carlos Beltran is out before he can manager a game or even send out a lineup card.
The Astros were caught cheating and the penalties were, a loss of four draft picks in the first twoc rounds of the 2020 and 2021 MLB drafts. The organization was fined $5 million dollars, the biggest fine in MLB history for any club. But I will say it again and I will say it until MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has had enough of me. The Astros should also have to forfeit the 2017 World Series and all awards for the 2017 season.
We have had players show anger and dismay towards the Houston Astros.
Cody Bellinger, "I can't believe that MLB let this go on. Where are we at today in society."
Alex Wood, "I would much rather face a player on steroids than face a cheater who knew what he was doing."
Evan Longoria, Whatever happened to "cheaters never prosper."
That was just a few players that had something to say about the Astros cheating scandal, Now it's my turn. We have had three managers lose their jobs. I fell bad for the New York Mets because they will have to search for a new Manager. The Mets did say they wanted the search to internal meaning they want somebody in the organization to be the new skipper in the dugout.
The Astros are turning for outside help to make sure that the cheating scandal goes away. They have scheduled and interview with former Orioles manager Buck Sholwater. But he has not responded as of yet.
The Red Sox search is going to be a as short as possible because they want to move on as quick as possible because they had Alex Cora during the 2018 Fall Classic when the Red Sox won it all. Which leads to another question, did the Red Sox cheat in 2018, just something to keep in mind.
But let's get back to the Cheating Astros. I had a lot of respect for the Astros in 2017 when they won it all. They beat the Yankees in the ALCS and I was one happy dude because the Yankees beat my Cleveland Indians. But I did not know at the time that the Astros were cheating their way to a World Series Crown.
Former Yankees Pitcher CC Sabathia had this to say, " We got cheated out of a World Series Crown." You Know what, I thought I would never see the day I would agree with anybody form the New York Yankees but I have to go along with CC on this one because he's right, the Yankees did get cheated along with the Los Angeles Dodgers who lost to the Astros in the 2017 Fall Classic. So the Bottom Line is this the Astros are cheaters, the Yankees aren't exactly squeaky clean either but The Astros on what they did was not acceptable at all.
So at this time I have a special place for the 2017 Houston Astros.
The 2017 Astros are the newest inductees into the Scott Manning Sports
HALL OF SHAME!!!!!.