'Joe & Evan': Expect More Stories Like Carlos Beltran Report To Come Out

Former Astros Outfielder Played Vital Part In Sign-Stealing Scandal

Joe & Evan
February 11, 2020 - 7:05 pm

Carlos Beltran was one of the masterminds of the Astros' sign-stealing scandal. According to a new report from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, Marc Carig and Evan Drellich, Beltran had a significant role and played a vital part in decoding signs from opposing teams using a camera based in center field at Minute Maid Park.

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Beltran "steamrolled" over younger players that attempted to persuade the veteran outfielder from using the scheme, per the report. The Athletic called Beltran a "driving force" in the scheme, which not only cost Beltran his position with the Mets but the jobs of Red Sox Alex Cora, manager AJ Hinch and Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow. 

WFAN's Evan Roberts wasn't surprised with Beltran's role in the operation. 

"When the Mets decided to fire Carlos Beltran," Roberts said. "My point at the time was there wasn't anything public enough that said he should be fired and the Mets didn't do themselves any favors because they didn't give any reason. They didn't say anything else, but I don't think it surprises you or I that Carlos was a leading force behind this as a veteran player. But it wasn't out there."

Beltran hasn't yet to address the situation publically since he "parted ways" with the Mets in January. The former Mets manager said in a statement, "I should've recognized the severity of the issue and truly regret the actions that were taken." Many former players, however, spoke out about Beltran's power over the clubhouse. 

Hinch and former players felt "powerless" against Beltran's lead, per the report. One player, who remained anonymous, said the Astros' "loved hitting with the system." Joe Benigno, Roberts' co-host, wishes more players would put a name of a quote and publically speak out such as former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers, who was an instrumental voice in The Athletic's initial sign-stealing report in November.

"I love these guys that remain anonymous," Benigno said sarcastically. "If you're going to take shots, come out and say at least who you are. That's me. If you're going to put it out there — I do give (Mike Fiers) credit for at least going out there and putting his name to it. I've got a bigger problem with the guy that doesn't put out his name with it to be honest. If you're afraid, what are you afraid of?"

Internet sleuths attempted to find other wrongdoings involving the Astros in wake of MLB's sign-stealing report. One of the conspiracies is that Astros' infielder Jose Altuve wore a buzzer device under his jersey during the 2019 postseason. Altuve disregarded the "ridiculous" the allegation last month. 

"Expect more stories like this," Robert said. "The dripping and dripping of information will continue to come out especially — and this is the part MLB never showed us — what did they do in 2018 and 2019? You think they stopped? You think they did nothing? Come on now."

"That's what intrigues me the most," Roberts added. What intrigues me the most is not rehashing how they did everything in 2017 it's, 'hey, were these guys using buzzers in 2019?' Because I get why Yankee fans honestly deep down think Jose Altuve knew what pitch was coming when he faced Aroldis Chapman. They look at him not ripping his shirt off or not allowing his shirt to be ripped off and say well there's a reason. I get it.

Click the audio player above to listen to Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts' thoughts on the Carlos Beltran report in its entirety