With less than a month to go before Spring Training, 3 MLB teams find themselves without a manager. The Astros, Red Sox and Mets are the only 3 teams in the MLB without a manager and this is all because of a huge incident that happened in 2017.
In 2017, the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees in the World Series. This sounds perfectly correct. For Yankees fans, this seems completely wrong. Astros pitcher in 2017, Mike Fiers, told "The Athletic"about a used video camera by the Astros in center field to steal signs from the opposing team. Mike Fiers had just got traded, and this was his way of saying, "Good luck without me." This method of cheating is so important because not just that cheating occurred, this could have altered the result of the Astros winning the World Series.
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The main use of the Astros cameras were to steal pitching signs from the other team. This can make a huge different in a game. If a batter knows that there is a changeup, the batter will wait on the ball. If the batter knows that there is a fastball right down the middle, the batter will swing fast without having to figure out what pitch the pitcher is throwing, and if it is gonna be a strike. This can easily give the Astros a few more hits, which can decide a whole World Series. Many Yankees fans are in disbelief because this costed the Yankees a 28th World Series ring. For others, they think about the affect this World Series had on Yankees manager at the time, Joe Girardi. Joe Girardi retired from being a manager at the end of the 2017 season. Maybe if the Yankees would have won the World Series, Joe Girardi would still be a Yankees manager to this day.
At the end of the 2017 season, a writer from "The Athletic" told MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, about the cheating scandal. The MLB then went into investigation going through thousands of emails and 70 interviews. The MLB investigation extended to the 2018 season where the Astros were caught again cheating.
Finally, the investigation came to a close on January 13, 2020. The MLB found that the Astros had illegally used a video camera system to steal signs in the 2017 World Series and parts of 2018. Therefore, MLB commissioner decided to suspend Astros manager A.J. Hinch for the whole 2020 season, including the playoffs. A few hours after these findings, the Astros fired A.J. Hinch. A day later, the Boston Red Sox agreed to part ways with there manager Alex Cora based on his involvement in the scandal. Cora was the Astros bench coach in 2017, during this cheating. Lastly, the Mets also agreed to part ways with there newly added manager Carlos Beltran, based on his name being called out during the investigation. Carlos Beltran who retired in 2017, played on the Astros World Series team during this scandal. Since he was retiring, he spent most of his games on the bench. Carlos Beltran who wasn't being investigated by the MLB, agreed to part ways. He felt it was in best interest of the team because this put a bad message on the Mets team as a whole. Carlos Beltran was hired this offseason by the Mets, and never managed a game for the Mets.
Currently, with less than a month before Spring Training, the Astros, Red Sox and Mets are without a manager . This leaves 3 teams searching for managers with a small pool of managers remaining.