New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has been the talk of the baseball world following his excuse-laden comments regarding the club’s inability to make (or win) a World Series since the 2009 season.
In attributing blame to the Yankees’ long-standing World Series drought, Cashman referenced the Astros’ 2017 cheating scandal.
It was an embarrassing look for the Yankees GM and his comments will undoubtedly stick with him and the club for the entirety of 2022. And depending on what’s unveiled in the “Yankees Letter,” his humiliation could worsen.
But let’s put the Cashman slander on ice for time being and focus on Houston’s cheating scandal.
Both during and after MLB’s investigation of the Astros, players on the team — including faces of the franchise Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman — refused to take accountability or show remorse for their actions.
That changed in a big way over the weekend, however, as Carlos Beltran, who was outed as the “godfather” of Houston’s sign-stealing scheme, admitted to Michael Kay that the team’s 2017 title is tainted.
Yankees analyst Carlos Beltran admitted the Astros’ 2017 World Series title deserves an asterisk.
Here’s everything Beltran had to say about the scandal.
"“Looking back now, yes, we did cross the line,” Beltran said in the interview, which will air Monday afternoon, per the New York Post. “Yeah, there is (a stain on their title) because you know what we did. And we all have taken responsibility and at some point we all have shown remorse about what we did.“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. I wish the organization would’ve said to us, ‘Hey man, what you guys are doing, we need to stop this.’”"
Those are some eye-opening comments from Beltran, who was the only player named in MLB’s report following the conclusion of the investigation despite cooperating and being told he would get immunity for doing so.
As a result, Beltran was painted as one of the so-called ring leaders of the operation alongside then-Astros bench coach Alex Cora. After getting implicated, Beltran resigned from his post as Mets manager before coaching a single game.
Here are more quotes from Beltran’s revealing interview with Kay.
Fans will debate whether Beltran is posturing in an attempt to clear the air with Yankees fans before his debut calling games next to Kay, or whether he actually regrets cheating the game. We’d like to side with the latter, but watching the interview will help paint a clearer picture of Beltran’s authenticity, or lack thereof.
It’s your lucky day then, Yankees fans, because YES will air the hour-long interview at noon on Monday as special edition of the Kay-led “Center Stage.” That’ll lead right into the Yankees’ spring training clash against the Phillies, which will mark Beltran’s first game as an analyst for his former team.