The manager and owner that never were
When I began putting this article together, there were two final points I wanted to get to. One was about how Carlos Beltran would become the manager and the Wilpons would actually sell the team.
My procrastination paid off. By the time I got around to this final unbelievable moment, it became even more unbelievable.
You see, Beltran never managed a game for the Mets. Shortly after he was hired, the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal broke. He stepped down from the position months later when suspensions were handed out by MLB and ownership was likely pressured to move on from him.
Speaking of ownership; they’re no longer on the way out. In December, we all learned the team was up for sale and minority owner Steve Cohen would take over. The sale fell through.
The whys of this aren’t yet fully known. However, it’s an easy puzzle to piece together. Jeff Wilpon apparently wanted to keep control of the team even when the ownership shifted to Cohen. I’m not sure how this would constitute Cohen as the owner when he doesn’t even get the final say.
In an offseason without many big transactions, these two changes gave fans hope. Beltran was a well-respected man in baseball and someone we thought could lead with his intelligence for the game. Cohen had billions of dollars and wouldn’t have possibly let a single free agent he wanted sign with another team. He’d scoff at the luxury tax.
The best-laid plans of mice and Mets went astray. Neither ever did a thing in their expected role.
For this to happen once to any team is unbelievable. In back-to-back months for the same organization, it’s just getting ridiculous.
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There are plenty more unbelievable Mets moments from the last half-decade. Which one shocked you the most?