Mike Francesa: Carlos Beltran Shouldn't Receive Punishment From Mets

By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

Mets manager Carlos Beltran avoided discipline from MLB in the recent sign-stealing scandal involving Beltran's former team, the Houston Astros. 

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred specifically named Beltran in the report, which detailed his findings, as one of a group of players that had discussions on how decode opposing team's signs. While manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for one year, Beltran and the Astros' players didn't receive a harsh punishment.

The report stated, "Witnesses consistently describe this new scheme as player-driven, and with the exception of Cora, non-player staff, including individuals in the video replay review room, had no involvement in the banging scheme."

WFAN's Mike Francesa doesn't believe Beltran, who spent the 2017 season with the Astros, should face discipline from the Mets or be reprimanded despite being name-dropped in the report. 

"I don't think they should fire him," Francesa said Tuesday. "What about how it played out through the interview process? It's my understanding that it was not a subject during their talks. It was not anything where he wasn't honest with them. I don't think it really was an issue."

Neither the Mets nor Beltran have yet to release a statement. Francesa also commended the Mets' for their handling of the situation.

"I think the Mets are handling it in a smart manner, where they're just waiting for the smoke to clear," Francesa added. "Make sure because Beltran was named — watch what happens in Boston. Make sure that Beltran isn't implicated by some other part of this investigation where they have to do something. Where he was somehow involved in a way where he is brought into it. Let him be — sounds like he's cleared. It sounds like he was cleared by the commissioner, but make sure that's true. Let the smoke clear. Take a step back. Be patient. Make sure everything is done."

MLB will shift its focus onto its investigation of the Boston Red Sox, who were listed in the report as well. Boston was allegedly caught transmitting messages using smart watches. Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who spent 2017 as the Astros' bench coach, is rumored to receive a "harsh penalty" for his involvement. 

In November, Beltran told the New York Post's Joel Sherman he was "unaware of that camera" used to electonically steal signs at Minute Maid Park. 

"There's a thought that (Beltran) might have masterminded this, but even if he did it doesn't sound like he's going to have any culpability because he didn't have any power," Francesa said. "Unless he's implicated in some way that is just impossible for them to deal with, I don't think there will be an issue with Beltran. I think that's the smart way to play it. Let all of that happen. Let him be completely cleared and then they can go forward and obviously they're going to all speak. 

"... I think they're just making sure that they don't want to say everything's fine and then have a shoe drop on Beltran," Francesa said on 'Mike's On. "Doesn't sound like there's going to be any shoe dropping on Beltran. ... but I will be very surprised: A) anything happens to Beltran from a baseball standpoint and B) if that's the case, then there will be no issue with the Mets."

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