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Carlos Beltran has resigned as manager of the New York Mets before his first game with the team amid the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal.

The decision came Thursday (January 16th) after a meeting with Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

"This was not an easy decision," Wilpon and Van Wagenen said in a statement on Thursday. "Considering the circumstances, it became clear to all parties that it was not in anyone's best interest for Carlos to move forward as Manager of the New York Mets."

Beltran was the only player named in the MLB's investigation of the sign-stealing scandal. Beltran finished his career playing for the Astros in 2017, then served as an adviser to the New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman in 2019 before taking the Mets manager job.

Beltran is the third manager to lose his job in the fallout from the investigation. The Astros fired A.J. Hinch after the report was issued. Then, the Boston Red Sox parted ways with Alex Cora after he admitted to wrongdoing while with the Astros.

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