Astros players defend Carlos Beltran in wake of sign-stealing scandal

WEST PALM Seaside, Fla. — Times soon after a report in The Athletic in depth Carlos Beltran’s alleged role in the Houston Astros’ 2017 signal-stealing affair, current Astros –including shortstop Carlos Correa – voiced aid for their former teammate.

“Carlos Beltran was the nicest dude we at any time experienced, the finest teammate we at any time had. He was clearly a chief of the clubhouse, but we all experienced a say in everything we ended up accomplishing in there,” Correa mentioned Thursday immediately after operator Jim Crane held a push meeting to open up spring coaching.

“No matter what he said and no matter what we were being performing, we had the opportunity to cease it, as a team. Most people.

“Every person had the prospect to say anything, and we did not. So, whoever the anonymous resource is that we had been intimidated or much too youthful to say some thing ,that’s just straight-up (expletive). Beltran did not intimidate anybody. You can speak to anyone in listed here. Beltran is an unbelievable gentleman, a straight-up gentleman, and no one would be intimidated by him.”

The Athletic report alleged that “some Astros players, even supervisor A.J. Hinch, felt powerless to quit (Beltran).”

Beltran, who retired following the 2017 season, was employed as the New York Mets’ manager in November 2019 but was ousted soon after getting named in Main League Baseball’s report on the Astros.

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