Flashback: Cora Mentions Beltran In Strange Press Conference

Retired Center Fielder Was Yankees Special Adviser At The Time

Brandon Contes
January 15, 2020 - 1:58 pm

After the Yankees scored 29 runs against the Red Sox during their two-day London Series last June, Boston’s manager at the time, Alex Cora was asked a standard question.

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“Alex, how do you feel? Your pitchers took a beating the last couple days,” a reporter said to Cora at the start of his postgame press conference, June 30, 2019.

“Their attention to detail is phenomenal. I was joking with somebody that the biggest free-agent acquisition is Carlos Beltran,” Cora said while boldly winking. “I know how it works, you know; he’s helping a lot. They’re paying attention to details and we have to clean our details.”

“I’m not saying, you know, devices and all that stuff. Just stuff that the game will dictate, and will scream at people. And it’s right there,” Cora continued. “Throughout the evening I was looking, and I saw it.”

Cora’s response, which resurfaced when WFAN’s Chris Lopresti played it during Wednesday morning’s "Boomer and Gio," was strange at the time, but leads to even more questions now. Cora was fired by the Red Sox for his involvement in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal and Carlos Beltran was the only player mentioned in Major League Baseball’s report.

At the time of Cora’s comments, Beltran was in his first season as Yankees Special Advisor. Sign-stealing was not mentioned specifically by Cora while crediting Beltran for the team’s offensive success, but he did cite “devices” without being prompted by reporters.  

Beltran traveled with the team for their 2019 London series against the Red Sox. According to Andy Martino of SNY, Major League Baseball confirmed they’re not investigating the Yankees, who have denied doing anything illegal with Beltran.

MLB will not discipline Beltran for his role in the scandal, but even without a suspension, his involvement in the report has many wondering how and when the Mets will respond.