He was the only player reportedly involved in the scheme, which earned suspensions to the Astros’ general manager and manager and public condemnation to the franchise.
Around the time in which the scandal reached the public opinion, Beltran was appointed as the manager of the New York Mets.
He was actually one of the hottest managerial candidates in MLB: he was always regarded as an extremely smart player with great instincts, and a high baseball IQ.
Additionally, he was seen as a leader during his playing days, especially late in his career with the Mets, the Yankees, and the Astros.
Beltran Feels He Missed A Wonderful Opportunity To Manage An MLB Team
Beltran is still upset about missing perhaps the opportunity of his managerial career because of the scandal.
Because of public pressure, the Mets and Beltran decided to part ways before he even managed a game.
The scandal was at its peak, and the Mets couldn’t afford to have him as the manager.
“More from Carlos Beltran on @YESNetwork just now: ‘It was tough, because at the end of the day, I felt I earned that (#Mets) job. I wanted to experience that, being a manager’,” Neil Best tweeted.
— Neil Best (@sportswatch) April 4, 2022
If AJ Hinch, the Astros’ manager in that 2017 season, did his time and returned to managing in an MLB dugout eventually, then Beltran also deserves to return eventually, as a manager.
Perhaps MLB teams are scared about potential PR nightmares if they hire him, but the truth is that he is more than qualified to manage an MLB organization, and the issue is already in the past: he has been out of baseball for a while, and deserves to have a shot eventually.