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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