Joe & Evan React To Mets Parting Ways With Carlos Beltran

LISTEN: 'They Didn't Have The Guts'

Joe & Evan
January 16, 2020 - 3:24 pm

On Thursday afternoon, Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon announced the decision to part ways with manager Carlos Beltran.

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Beltran was recently named in MLB's report, relating to the Astros' sign-stealing scandal in 2017. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred issued harsh punishments to members of Houston's front office and coaching staff, but Beltran, a player at the time, was left relatively unscathed. Wilpon and Mets brass, however, opted to move forward without Beltran three months after he was introduced as the team's manager. 

In a statement, Wilpon said Beltran was "honest and forthcoming" with Mets brass. WFAN's Evan Roberts shared his thoughts on Wilpon's statement in wake of Beltran's departure. 

"If that's the case, why did you get rid of him?" Roberts asked. "If he was honest and forthcoming with you then tell me why? Because he's a distraction? I don't buy it for a second. I don't believe this would've been a distraction that was going to last forever. I don't buy it. Unfortunately, I'll never get a chance to be proven right or wrong because the Mets caved in. ... The one area where I would've been alright with the Mets letting him go is if Carlos lied to them, if he wasn't honest and forthcoming I would understand that."

Beltran, in his statement, felt he "couldn't let myself become a distraction for the team." As Boston and Houston fired Alex Cora and AJ Hinch, respectively, all eyes turned to the Mets and how they'd approach Beltran's job security. 

Former Mets general manager Steve Phillips didn't feel Beltran should lose his job, but did should "make amends", according to the New York Post. Former Yankees infielder Mark Teixeira told ESPN the Mets don't have a choice other than to fire Beltran. 

Roberts felt Wilpon and Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen succumbed to the pressure. 

"Carlos really left on his own? I know his statement said that, so why'd you get rid of him? You got rid of him because you didn't have the guts as a franchise to stand up and say we're not going to let Rob Manfred run the New York Mets," Roberts expressed. "They didn't have the guts to say we're not going to let Mark Teixeira run the New York Mets. They didn't show any guts and as a Met fan, that's very disappointing. ... But the idea that the New York Mets led by Jeff Wilpon and Brodie Van Wagenen let everybody else, everybody else, dictate how they're going to run their organization. That's what ticks me off."

New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran speaks to the media during the MLB Winter Meetings at Manchester Grand Hyatt
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Roberts and co-host, Joe Benigno were on board with the Mets potentially hiring Joe Girardi for their vacancy following the 2019 season. Benigno, however, didn't want to see Beltran lose his first managerial gig and believes Manfred threw the 42-year-old under the bus when he was the only player named in the report. 

"Once Beltran's name was out there, he was done," Benigno said. "... I didn't want to see Beltran go. I guarantee if he was managing the team by the time we started playing games, nobody was going to care. The Mets were good. They're only going to care about winning games or not. That was it."

Where do the Mets go on from here? They're in the same position as they were in November as they seek for their next manager. 

"Where it leaves the Mets is in a weird spot," Roberts said. "Because for the Red Sox and the Astros, it's a little different. They are legitimately starting from scratch in replacing a manager. The Mets just went through a search so my first reaction ... would be why don't you back to the process you had a few months ago and pick up right then and there? If they weren't interested in Buck Showalter (three) months ago, why would they be interested in Buck Showalter now? If they loved Eduardo Perez then, they why wouldn't they love him now?"

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