Back in November 2019, the New York Mets were ready to give Carlos Beltran, perhaps MLB’s premier up-and-coming manager candidate at the time, the role as the skipper.
A couple of months later, the 2017 sign-stealing scandal of the Houston Astros, which had Beltran as a key member, came to light.
The peer pressure of media and fans forced the Mets to force a split, and they parted ways with Beltran in early 2020.
Luis Rojas was then named as the Mets manager instead.
Beltran is currently working for YES Network, analyzing games of the New York Yankees.
Some Mets players with an important presence in the clubhouse, such as Francisco Lindor and Edwin Diaz, have talked about welcoming back Beltran.
“Francisco Lindor and Edwín Diaz have voiced their support to have Carlos Beltrán return to the Mets organization,” SNY Mets tweeted.
Francisco Lindor and Edwín Diaz have voiced their support to have Carlos Beltrán return to the Mets organization.
From @martinonyc: https://t.co/93RBMvOX2e pic.twitter.com/p9rms2ex0R
— SNY Mets (@SNY_Mets) September 16, 2022
Beltran Was A Legend In A Mets Uniform
Lindor, Beltran, and Diaz are all Puerto Rican and have played together for their country.
They have known each other for years, and have a friendship.
Diaz was a member of the Mets when Beltran was supposed to take over the team, but not Lindor.
It’s important to remember that Beltran has a long history with the Mets.
He signed a large free agent deal to play in Queens before the 2005 season, and played six-and-a-half years there at the highest level.
He had an .869 OPS with 149 homers and 100 steals.
If Alex Cora and AJ Hinch, two guys implicated in the 2017 sign-stealing scheme, are back managing MLB teams, then Beltran sure deserves a chance, too.
What they did is bad, but each person implicated in the scandal has done their time.
Beltran is a bright baseball mind and could return to managing in the not-so-distant future.NEXT: The Mets Have A Serious Reason To Be Upset In 2022