Carlos Beltran, the only player named in MLB’s investigation of the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, will step down as manager of the New York Mets before beginning his first season with the team, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Thursday.
Yahoo Sports was the first to report that Beltran was stepping down.
“Approximately two months into the 2017 season, a group of players, including Carlos Beltrán, discussed that the team could improve on decoding opposing teams’ signs and communicating the signs to the batter,” said MLB’s report, which was issued Monday.
The scheme they devised involved using trash cans and video cameras to send out signals to hitters. No player received any discipline from MLB for the sign-stealing scheme.
The Mets signed Beltran Nov. 1 to a three-year deal with an option for a fourth season. It was his first job as a major league manager.
A nine-time All-Star during 20 major league seasons, Beltran finished his major-league career with the Astros in 2017 and spent 2018 as an adviser to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.
Beltran, 42, played for the Mets from 2005 to 2011.