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Nearly five years after spearheading one of Major League Baseball’s dirtiest scandals, former Astro Carlos Beltrán has come clean. A remorseful Beltrán, part of the 2017 Houston World Series champions, now admits that the Astros “crossed the line” with their sign-stealing tactics.
“Looking back now, yes, we did cross the line,” Beltrán said via an interview with Michael Kay and YES Network set to air later today.
Beltran was, of course, referring to the shady scheme in which Houston combined a dugout trash can and in-house video equipment to tip off batters about an incoming pitch. In other words, the team cheated their way to a title, but aside from the constant squawk of boo birds at ball parks across the country, they have otherwise received little more than a slap on the wrist.
“A lot of people always ask me, ‘Why you didn’t stop it?’” Beltrán told YES. “And my answer is, ‘I didn’t stop it the same way no one stopped it. This is working for us.’ Why you gonna stop something that is working for you?”
He also suggested the organization knew what was going on and should’ve pumped the brakes: “So, if the organization would’ve said something to us, we would’ve stopped it for sure.”
Carlos Beltrán addressed the Astros' 2017 sign-stealing scandal. pic.twitter.com/U7h3wxpzfd
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He then continued to point the finger mainly at the organization, not the players:
“We all did what we did. Looking back today, we were wrong. I wish I would’ve asked more questions about what we were doing,” Beltrán told YES. “I wish the organization would’ve said to us, ‘Hey man, what you guys are doing, we need to stop this.’”
Shortly after the 2017 season ended, Beltrán retired from the field and was hired as manager of the Mets, but the Mets then fired him before he could manage a single game because of his role in the sign-stealing scheme. However, he is back in baseball again – this time, as an analyst for YES. Which means he’ll also call games for the Yankees, one of the teams who were derailed by the Astros in 2017.
That championship, he acknowledges, is tainted.
“We all have taken responsibility, and at some point, we all have shown remorse about what we did,” Beltrán said.
Even though Beltran has opted to come clean, the situation still stinks.
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4 CommentsLeave a Reply
They should’ve had their rings taken from them as a result and the fact that never happened will never sit well with anyone.
He’s the one who brought it. He’s just wants another champ so he’s saying stuff that he thinks people want to hear.
I was a long-time Houston Astros fan, dating back to the late 70’s and early 80’s. I waited so long to see them finally win a championship and when this came out they totally ruined baseball for me. I haven’t watched a game since 2020 when the investigation concluded. I agree, they should have their rings taken away.