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Carlos Beltran steps down as Mets manager as sign-stealing fallout continues

Carlos Beltran steps down as Mets manager as sign-stealing fallout continues

The Astros' sign-stealing scandal claimed its third victim Thursday as Carlos Beltran stepped down as manager of the Mets.

Due to his involvement in the Astros scandal, Beltran is now out before writing a single lineup card for the Mets. New York hired him at the beginning of November to replace Mickey Callaway. 

Following the MLB's ruling to suspend Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for a year for their involvement in a sign-stealing controversy dating back to 2017, Houston decided to fire both of them. Beltran spent his last season in the majors (2017) with the Astros and was the only player named in commissioner Rob Manfred's report. 

Alex Cora was also implicated in the Astros investigation as well as an ongoing investigation into the 2018 Red Sox, who he helped manage to a World Series title. Cora and the Red Sox "mutually parted ways" on Tuesday. 

The scandal has rocked the baseball world, leaving no team especially the Nationals unaffected by it. Not only do the findings on the Astros validate an impressive World Series run, but now a division rival are forced to look for a new manager with just a month left before pitchers and catchers report. 

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen claims the Mets have 'probably the deepest rotation in baseball'

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen claims the Mets have 'probably the deepest rotation in baseball'

By signing Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha this week, the Mets have built out quite the collection of starting pitchers. 

Porcello and Wacha will join Jacob de Grom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz in New York's starting rotation, a group general manager Brodie Van Wagenen thinks quite highly of. 

"There was a lot talked about our lack of starting pitching depth over the last couple of weeks," Van Wagenen said on SNYtv Thursday. "I think that story has changed, and I think that we're probably the deepest starting pitching rotation in baseball."

Considering the Mets share a division with the Nationals, who still boast a starting rotation headlined by Max Scherzer, World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin, this is a pretty bold statement by Van Wagenen. 

Obviously he's the general manager and he has to say positive things about the club he's putting together. But to say those exact words on the heels of a rival winning a World Series because of their rotation? 

The Mets will host the Nationals in the first series of the season starting on March 26, so we may not have to wait long for these two rotations to face off. 

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ESPN releases Sunday Night Baseball schedule, Nationals make zero appearances

ESPN releases Sunday Night Baseball schedule, Nationals make zero appearances

ESPN released its Sunday Night Baseball schedule for the 2020 season and the World Series Champion Nationals are not on it. 

The Mets are scheduled to play three times on baseball's prime time television slot, while the Dodgers are set to appear three times as well. The Braves are the only other NL East team scheduled to play. 

Here's a look at the schedule so far. 

As you can probably tell, there's plenty of Red Sox, Yankees, Cubs and Dodgers in there.

There's a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Nationals' roster due to Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon's free agencies, but come on. The Mets?

On the chance the Nationals lose both Strasburg and Rendon in free agency, they still have a great chance at being competitive and intriguing all year. 

Sunday Night Baseball is supposed to be the biggest game of the week and to not have the defending champions once feels wrong regardless of your allegiances.

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