John Gibbons to interview for Astros managerial vacancy

John Gibbons to interview for Astros managerial vacancy

John Gibbons to interview for Astros managerial vacancy

'As the person with responsibility for managing his players and coaches, there simply is no justification for Hinch's failure to act, ' Manfred said.

Manfred may not have come down on Beltran, but the Mets might not be as kind to the 42-year-old potential Hall of Famer.

None of it aged well and the Mets - three weeks away from reporting to spring training - have reached an impasse.

"I don't think the Mets have a choice either - they have to fire Carlos Beltran", former player Mark Texeira said on ESPN's "Get Up" on Wednesday. It's a dead end.

Per the report, Beltran along with Cora, spearheaded the plan in Houston and oversaw its ongoing maintenance and adjustments. That feels wrong. Would the players even want that??

"MLB did take it seriously by (issuing) significant suspensions, which were followed by major league clubs firing managers, " Koretz said. The two sides avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $27 million contract for this season.

Sabathia also feels that more extreme measures would be welcome in regards to punishing the Astros. During the 2017 season - prior to Cora's time with the organization - the Red Sox were fined by Major League Baseball for using an Apple Watch to relay stolen signs to hitters in games against the New York Yankees.

During MLB's investigation, Hinch said he was against the sign stealing scam that started in 2017 and carried through Houston's World Series victory over the Dodgers that same year. While that meant Beltran would not be punished, it was curious that Beltran was the only player named in the report.

Beltran, the former nine-time all-star outfielder who was hired as skipper in November, is in hot water for his role in the Houston Astros elaborate sign-stealing system in 2017 that led to the harshest sanctions levied against an Major League Baseball team. He doubled down on that position during last month's winter meetings.

This cheating scandal isn't going to completely go away anytime soon. Team owner Jim Crain subsequently fired Hinch and Luhnow.

"It was a sad day because we all have such respect for Alex", said chairman Tom Werner, who was one of several Red Sox officials keeping in touch with the deposed manager since his departure.

Appearing on MLB Network's High Heat on Thursday, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona was asked by host Christopher Russo if the report and punishment released on Monday by Manfred was getting everyone's attention. Former Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, in his Nixonian "I am not a cheater" statement, blamed "the bench coach" and "lower-level employees" for the rampant cheating that happened on his watch.

The Mets have yet to make any final statements on the situation and it is likely that Beltran will remain with the team.

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