Mets fans want Carlos Beltran to stay and probably don’t care about sign-stealing
We should learn the fate of Carlos Beltran soon and if New York Mets have anything to say about it, he should keep his job.
While members of the media grab pitchforks, torches, and their cell phones to tweet with, most New York Mets fans have a differing opinion on what should happen with Carlos Beltran. The new manager of the team in Flushing was a part of the 2017 Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal and the buzz around him is whether or not he should lose his job over it.
The “fire Beltran” talk didn’t begin until the Astros fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for their knowledge of the situation. The Boston Red Sox responded to this by parting ways with their manager, Alex Cora.
Many will agree, a harsh penalty is headed Cora’s way. Not only was he involved with the Astros in 2017 and the possible ringleader of the sign-stealing plan, but he also implemented more cheating during his time with the Red Sox in 2018 when he won the World Series for the second straight year.
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Although jobless, Cora has two World Series rings. He should face a stiffer penalty than Hinch, but what happened is done. The Astros and Red Sox each won a championship with him on the staff.
Meanwhile, over in Queens, the Mets have yet to comment on Beltran’s future. We can speculate all we want about what this means. As far as most fans are concerned, it’s not really much of an issue.
For the most part, those who want Beltran fired seem to be either 1) members of the media or 2) non-Mets fans. The media feels betrayed by Beltran for not being forthcoming when he was previously asked about any involvement. Whether or not he lied is up to debate. Let’s call it even and say he bent the truth.
Non-members of the media who want his head on a figurative pike are mostly fans of other teams. They want to see the Mets punished because this is sports and people get crazy about them. The few who do wish for the hammer to come down on Beltran likely think this way because they wanted another manager instead.
It’s an interesting debate as to whether or not Beltran should lose his job. He’s the only guy who went from player to coach in this time. We know none of the players will receive punishments, but that’s because of the strong muscle known as the Player’s Union backing them.
On the Rising Apple Twitter page, we conducted a poll regarding this topic. As expected, sanity prevailed and a good majority of voters don’t want Beltran fired. There is, of course, an estimated 23% margin of New York Yankees fans voting as trolls.
Beltran will have to face the music at some point and talk about what happened. He’ll need to apologize and show remorse for his involvement. From there, I’m not exactly sure where the story goes.
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This cheating scandal isn’t going to completely go away anytime soon. I believe we’ll learn about other instances where teams around baseball got an edge. It’s a distraction baseball doesn’t need but will have to deal with.