Earlier this morning on Mike Greenberg’s ESPN morning show, “Get Up!”, former Yankee star, 2009 World Series Champion, and former teammate of Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira sent a clear message about his thoughts on the Astros cheating scandal and Beltran’s involvement.
“I don’t think the Mets have a choice … they have to fire Carlos Beltran,” Teixeira said. “The only reason he (Beltran) wasn’t punished as a bigger part of this was because of that immunity.”
Teixeira went on to say what a “loophole it was” for Beltran because “he retired immediately after the World Series.”
The immunity he is referring to is, of course, the immunity granted to all the players involved at the time, with Manfred forgoing punishment if they all complied and told the truth in the investigation. Beltran, at the time of the cheating in 2017, was a player and so Manfred offered these same graces.
Of course, just because he will not be penalized by Major League Baseball, doesn’t mean the Mets are not in an impossible situation, Tex says.
“Him and Alex Cora were the main culprits. Cora got fired on the spot … The New York Mets are in an impossible situation. There’s no way Carlos Beltran – especially in the pressure cooker of New York – can be manager of the Mets.”
It’s a tough call to make, especially for a guy who has yet to manage one game for the Mets. This was the hire they wanted to make, and now they may need to part ways before “their guy” ever even becomes “their guy.”
Is there a more Mets thing to ever happen to the Mets? And is Mark Teixeira right? Do they need to fire Carlos Beltran before ever really giving him a chance?