The Mets on Thursday fired brand new manager Carlos Beltran over his role in the Astros sign-stealing scandal. But hey. at least he can say he is the only manager to never lose a game with the Mets.
Beltran said in a statement:
“At a meeting this morning with Jeff and Brodie we mutually agreed to part ways. I’m grateful to them for giving me the opportunity, but we agreed this decision is in the best interest of the team. I couldn’t let myself be a distraction for the team. I wish the entire organization success in the future.”
The Mets issued a statement of their own:
“This was not an easy decision. 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. We believe that Carlos was honest and forthcoming with us. We are confident that this will not be the final chapter in his baseball career. We remain excited about the talent on this team and are committed to reaching our goals of winning now and in the future.”
They may say this was a mutual decision, but Beltran was fired, plain and simple. He was a bad hire to start with; this is a huge embarrassment for a team used to being embarrassed, but at least now they get a do over. Maybe they can finally get this right.