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Another one bites the dust.

Carlos Beltran, the newly minted manager of the New York Mets, who has yet to manage a single game, stepped down yesterday. He was the only player mentioned in Major League Baseball's official report about sign stealing by the Houston Astros - a scandal that already has gotten the Boston Red Sox manager and both the general manager and manager of the Houston Astros to be fired.

The Mets characterized the decision as being mutual.

The Major League Baseball report concluded that the Houston Astros participated in systematic cheating, using technology to steal opposing teams' catchers' signs so that hitters would know what pitch was about to be shown. (It is legal to steal signs the old fashioned way - by eye - but not to use technology.) The MLB report implicated Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch, suspending them both for one year and fining the team $5 million and taking away several draft picks. The Astros then fired both Luhnow and Hinch.

Beltran was mentioned in the report, but MLB had decided not to take any action against players.

The same report implicated Alex Cora, who was the bench coach for the Astros at the time of the cheating, and who had later been hired to be manager of the Red Sox, who also were being investigated for cheating. After some deliberation - and after a lot of media coverage and pressure - the Red Sox fired Cora (though they called it a mutual decision) without waiting for MLB to rule about his future.

MLB said it had not pressured the Mets to make any moves about Beltran.
KC's View:
I got an email yesterday from an MNB user suggesting that MLB may need to bring Pete Rose-style severity to its treatment of these folks, and ban them for life. I wouldn't have gone there, but I think that it is a legitimate position … I do think that MLB has to level fines and suspensions that leave no doubt that it takes this stuff seriously, that it believes, as Robert B. Parker did, that "baseball is the most important thing that doesn't matter."