Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |
As Major League Baseball enters the final stages of its investigation into allegations of sign stealing against the Houston Astros, all indications are that Carlos Beltran will not face a suspension, and will manage the Mets on Opening Day.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2017, when the team engaged in a high-tech sign stealing scheme. As SNY and others have been reporting for months, Houston used a feed from a camera in center field to decode signs, and various audio cues to convey those stolen signs to hitters.
MLB's department of investigations interviewed Beltran in November. According to a person familiar with the process, he was forthcoming and cooperative.
According to sources, the league is set to announce the results of its investigation, including discipline, within about two weeks. ESPN was first to report that timetable.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch, GM Jeff Luhnow, and owner Jim Crane could be subject to potentially harsh fines, suspensions, or other measures. But the league appears unlikely to punish players on the 2017 Astros, Beltran included.
Major League Baseball declined comment.