MLB Won’t Allow Carlos Beltran To “Tell The Truth”

With Alex Cora and the Boston Red Sox now agreeing to part ways, that leaves Carlos Beltran as the only individual named in the Astros investigation who is still employed in baseball. This means the heat is going to be ratcheted up on him.

Already, we have heard calls for Beltran to be fired by the Mets. We’re also seeing the media call for Beltran to come clean and tell the truth.

John Harper of SNY, who once advocated the Mets sign Jose Reyes, called Beltran’s involvement a bad look for the Mets, and he called for Beltran to correct his lies.

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post wrote an article saying Beltran should tell the truth and “it’s in everyone’s best interests to watch Beltran face the music before rendering final judgment.”

This is a sampling of the swirling opinions about Beltran’s involvement and his prior statements to reporters disavowing knowledge of the Astros sign stealing measures.

Specifically, Beltran texted Joel Sherman of the New York Post, “I’m not aware of that camera. We were studying the opposite team every day.” With all due respect to Andy Martino of SNY, it is hard to believe he wasn’t lying when he said this.

That said, it is possible he didn’t lie, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. The media believes Beltran lied to them and their brethren, and they are owed a correction.

To be fair, the reporters have a very valid point, especially since it is their job to seek and report the truth. However, the problem is it appears Beltran isn’t permitted to say anything at all.

As we see with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Major League Baseball has requested the Dodgers and all of baseball “not to comment on any wrongdoings during the 2017 World Series.”

As reported by Jeff Passan of ESPN, “Multiple ownership-level sources told ESPN that dissatisfaction with the penalties had emerged following a conference call with Manfred, in which he explained how the Astros would be disciplined, then told teams to keep their thoughts to themselves.”

Effectively speaking, for better or worse, Major League Baseball has placed a gag order on everyone. If that is truly the case, it is eminently possible, how could Beltrán possibly speak to the press about his involvement?

More to the point, why would Beltrán potentially incur Major League Baseball’s wrath by speaking at a time when Baseball very clearly wants no one talking about the scandal?

At this moment, Beltran is really awaiting direction from Major League Baseball, and more importantly, direction from the New York Mets. Keep in mind, if the Mets wanted Beltran to speak, he would’ve already spoken.

In the end, the calls for Beltran are all well and good, but at the end of the day, the Mets manager cannot speak unless otherwise directed by Mets ownership and permitted by Major League Baseball. Until such time, we have to sit and wait until he is permitted to say what apparently needs to be said. When that’ll happen is anyone’s guess.

23 thoughts on “MLB Won’t Allow Carlos Beltran To “Tell The Truth””

  1. LongTimeFan1 says:

    A gag order on Beltran? I don’t see any evidence of that. And whether there is or not, he should break it or explain why he’s silent since report’s release.

    Furthermore, nowhere in Manfred’s report did he state Beltran did any sign stealing using technology during games. Beltran previously denied he cheated, and unless there’s evidence to the contrary, he’s innocent as a man with a career long reputation of integrity.

    Beltran now ought to step up to the plate and speak to the public, answer questions. Let’s get this out in the open rather than reading things into the report that were never stated.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Aside from the citations in the article, I’d note the Boston Red Sox just had a press conference where they said they were complying with MLB’s directive not to comment on the investigations.

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        Clubs were gagged, not players.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Applies to everyone

          1. metsdaddy says:

            Your rebuttal is a collection of comments from retired players and memes/jokes from active players?

    2. Oldbackstop says:

      He’s done. Announcement tomorrow.

      1. metsdaddy says:

        I doubt they overshadow the Piazza announcement

  2. Blair M. Schirmer says:

    I guess this is 26. So if Cespedes is healthy, does Dom get the bad news?


    Nimmo cf
    McNeil 3b
    Davis lf

    Bench: Dom, Guillorme, Nido, Marisnick, Lowrie


    Betances, Lugo, Familia, Diaz,
    Wacha, Wilson, Gsellman, Brach

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I’m assuming Lowrie can’t play?

      1. Blair M. Schirmer says:

        @metsdaddy A not unreasonable assumption. That would solve the Cespedes-Dom problem.
        And if both Lowrie and Cespedes aren’t on the “26 man” (that’s going to take some getting used to) I suppose they could go with a 3rd catcher and hope to rest Ramos as much as possible in the early going without having to forgo his pinch-hitting skills. Or they could use the 26th slot for a speedster on the bases if the team figures it’s a little slow and just doesn’t have anyone worth using as a ninth man out of the pen–ideally a speedster with a great glove, but a pure pinch runner would be an interesting decision.

        Maybe Drew Smith as #26, though, if he’s healthy? He had a great minor league career, he’s still young, and I think he has a great future out of the pen assuming he’s fully recovered from TJ.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          With the new 26 man roster rules, you can’t carry more than 13 pitcher

          1. Blair M. Schirmer says:

            @metsdaddy – ah, thanks for the info. Wonder how they’ll categorize Ohtani.

          2. metsdaddy says:

            I believe they have to declare before each game

  3. Oldbackstop says:

    I’d say Giiilorme. He can be there in a day if Rosario (157 games last year) gets hurt or needs a blow. Lowrie is not the best option, and hasn’t played recently, but SS is still where he has played most of his career. He is good enough for an in game backup. Guillorme has shown less than zero offense, power or baserunning ability.

    We have plenty of backup options at first 2nd and third.

    1. Blair M. Schirmer says:

      @Oldbackstop – Having the AAA club in Syracuse rather than Australia definitely helps. Fwiw I was mulling it more from the pov of what the Mets were likely to do than what I wanted them to do. (I’d prefer a healthy Drew Smith as the #8 or even the #7 pen arm.)

      I think I was in the minority last year in believing the idea of spending a couple mil on the Hech signing instead of trusting to Guillorme et al was a decent move. It’s the kind of insurance policy that puts a floor under SS, 2B, 3B if the team gets hammered by injuries for a month, so even if the results weren’t great the idea was sound. So, yeah, while imho Guillorme’s results were surprisingly… not awful in 2019, I wouldn’t necessarily expect a recurrence. If we could bank on his repeating .246/.324/.361 with decent defense (at least, by BIS DRSAA) at 2B, SS, and 3B in 2020 I’d hand him a regular bench spot, but I think that’s his best scenario rather than his median.

      So where does that leave the club… … iirc fangraphs D numbers showed a steady falloff in Lowries’ defense at SS–and his teams were using him there less and less. [checks] 2014 was his last regular season at SS, with only 17 games there in 2015, and 2 games in 2016; then the A’s moved him off SS entirely beginning with the 2017 season. With the injuries and his turning 36 I’d be nervous about using Lowrie at SS even for just a couple of innings, especially with a 26 man roster.

      So if I’m reading you right and Lowrie and Cespedes are healthy, you’re going with a 5 man bench (Dom, Nido, Lowrie, Cespedes, Marisnick) and an 8 man bullpen. Do you roll with what the Mets seem to intend if everyone’s healthy (Betances, Lugo, Familia, Diaz, Wacha, Wilson, Gsellman, Brach) or do you have a different name or two in mind?

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        Hi Blair!

        Good post, and it may have me rethinking Guillorme.His 2019 slashes are okay, for a starting SS, I guess. But for a bat off the bench, he has no power and no speed. He plays the other infield positions, but, again, we can shift McNeil and JD and Lowrie around in game.

        Frankly, if Rosario goes down with an injury of more than a week, we gotta go shopping quick.

        Bullpen….well, if those guys are healthy and play at their career highs, we have the great pen in history. If they all play at 80 percent, we gave an above average pen. If Wacha and Betance don’t get healthy, Diaz stays in a slump, well…every team has that problem I guess.

        Who do you want as next manager?

  4. oldbackstop says:

    Apparently, our leader is a rat and admitted liar.

    Andy Martino
    Beltran fully cooperated with investigation and admitted to everything.
    2:08 PM · Jan 13, 2020·Twitter Web App

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Yes, Jeff Wilpon is a rat and admitted liar

  5. oldbackstop says:

    “Effectively speaking, for better or worse, Major League Baseball has placed a gag order on everyone. If that is truly the case, it is eminently possible, how could Beltrán possibly speak to the press about his involvement?”

    First off, players are not part of the gag order. I mean….duh. Like the union would stand for that. It says “clubs” or “teams”.

    Second, as it says above from Martino’s tweet, Beltran admitted everything.

    So how do you see that press conference going, exactly? Guilty people don’t do press conferences. It just keeps the story alive, and raises more questions than it solves.

    He is going to be open and honest? Okay…

    Carlos, who else was in the group of players that came up with the scheme.”

    Who was running the camera?

    Who was monitoring the TV screen?

    What are then names of the coaches that knew?

    It implies that all the players knew. Did former Mets JD and Marisnick know the dugout,

    Since it involved banging in the dugout, did ANY Astros players or coaches not know?

    Who counseled you to lie last month when this came out?

    Who counseled you to go silent after that?

    When did you come clean with BVW?

    Did your wife Jessica know when it was going down? When did you tell her? Can we yell questions at her every time we see her?

    Altulve won the batting title, the MVP, and Silver Slugger in 2017. Do you feel that was fair? How about the guys that finished second?

    Correa hit 50 points above his career average in 2017, and 48 points above his career high,before or since. Did he ever hear a bang signal?

    Springer’s OPS jumped 85 points in 2017 from his previous year, and he made his first All Star team. I’m not even asking a question, it just sucks to be the guy who finished second for all the above awards.

    He can’t manage in NY. He’ll be heckled off the Citifield and…omigod, on the road…Can you imagine Philly? He’s gone tomorrow. You make a point about Piazza, but a PR guy would do anything to have a distraction on this sort of news, as small as this is.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Yes, players are a part of it. More to the point, managers, like Beltran, are part of if.

      As for the “fall out,” it’s all hyperbole nonsense. The story will very quickly die.

      As for heckling in Philly and other places, it’s beyond naive to believe a Mets manager would never be heckled absent a scandal where he was not implicated beyond being named as a player who wanted to steal signs.

      1. oldbackstop says:

        *As for the “fall out,” it’s all hyperbole nonsense. The story will very quickly die.*

        If he stays, it will be the subject of thousands of news stories all year. Every city they go to first this year, this will be the obligatory first news article for every kind of media, TV, newspapers, bloggers.

        Dude….Beltran ratted out. How do you think players are going to react to that???

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Wrong. It’s going to die out like it always does.

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