The New York Mets will be just fine without Carlos Beltran once the smoke clears.
Losing your manager only weeks before the beginning of Spring Training would theoretically damage an organization. However, it’s 2020. We know the deal. The New York Mets were not going to revolve around decisions made by Carlos Beltran. It’s the Bro Show with Brodie Van Wagenen as the man calling the shots.
Sure. The Mets are looking a little disgraceful right now. There are still some questions about the hiring of Beltran in the first place. Did they know about his involvement with the 2017 Houston Astros’ cheating before he got the gig? Did they talk to him about it at all in the months after the story first broke?
We can dive down a rabbit hole so deep even Lewis Carroll wouldn’t dare write about it. Rather than come up with conspiracy theories, I would prefer to move forward.
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At the moment, the Mets have some egg on their face. In all honesty, I do, too. Mine is just literal because I’m a bit of a slob.
The Mets’ egg is more hypothetical. They hired a guy who many believe had a big role in one of the biggest cheating scandals in the history of sports. How much they knew may need to wait until a deathbed confessional.
With Beltran now out of the managerial role, the team is able to move forward and look for a less controversial candidate. When they hired Beltran, it felt like it was the only way to placate fans who wanted a familiar name like Joe Girardi. They may need to do the same thing again, possibly bringing someone of the Buck Showalter variety to town.
As an alternative, we could always see the Mets hire a former player we’ve seen suit up for the franchise. The universally beloved former Met Joe McEwing comes to mind.
Whoever the team does hire to replace Beltran doesn’t much matter. It’s now a PR move even more than it was when Beltran became their guy.
Because of public pressure from the media and probably Major League Baseball, the Mets caved. Fans didn’t much care about having a known cheater as the manager. Although we can call it hypocritical, it’s hard to justify punishing Beltran for his role when no other Astros players suffer. Just because he’s a manager now, should he suffer more than anyone else?
Only the Mets could take a punch to the stomach for a scandal that didn’t even involve them.
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I hope one day we can all laugh about this. First, it may take a World Series parade.