David Samson wonders if Carlos Beltran had to leave the Mets in the fallout of the Astros cheating scandal

The Houston Astros were caught in a sign-stealing cheating scandal that resulted in multiple punishments from MLB. Back in January,  Manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow were both suspended for one year before being fired by the team.  Former assistant GM Brandon Taubman was also suspended one year, the Astros had to forfeit their first- and second-round draft picks the next two years and the team was fined $5 million.

As a result of what went down in the offseason, Carlos Beltran stepped down from his position as manager after rumors swirled that he would be let go from the team.

On his podcast, “Nothing Personal with David Samson,” David Samson talks about how he feels the situation could have been handled and questions whether talks of the firing should have occurred.

Samson starts by asking, “Why did Carlos Beltran get fired by the Mets” before detailing what he perceives the reasoning of his eventual departure to be.

“He got fired by the Mets because the Mets felt that he could no longer command the respect inside a clubhouse,” Samson says, noting that Beltran never managed a game.

The podcast host explains that even though he is “one of the most liked players of all time” the distraction was too big and would have caused an inability to walk into a new clubhouse and command the team.

Samson looks back saying, “maybe they didn’t have to” discuss Beltran leaving.

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