Mets, Carlos Beltrán part ways amid sign-stealing scandal

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New Mets manager Carlos Beltrán is resigning, Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports. The report has been confirmed by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Beltrán joins A.J. Hinch and Alex Cora as managers to have lost their jobs in the wake of Major League Baseball’s investigations into sign-stealing operations by the Astros and Red Sox. Beltrán was the only player named specifically in MLB’s report and was not given a punishment by the league, unlike Hinch and former Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, who were each suspended without pay for one year.

The Mets will now have to find a new manager. The club could consider internal candidates such as bench coach Hensley Meulens and quality control coach Luis Rojas, or look outside the organization. Eduardo Perez, Dusty Baker, Buck Showalter, and John Gibbons are some potential considerations.

How many managerial stints ended before a guy managed his first game?

Update: The Mets and Beltrán have released a statement.

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen:

We met with Carlos last night and again this morning and agreed to mutually part ways. This was not an easy decision. 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. We believe that Carlos was honest and forthcoming with us. We are confident that this will not be the final chapter in his baseball career. We remain excited about the talent on this team and are committed to reaching our goals of winning now and in the future.

Beltrán:

At a meeting this morning with Jeff and Brodie we mutually agreed to part ways. I’m grateful to them for giving me the opportunity, but we agreed this decision is in the best interest of the team. I couldn’t let myself be a distraction for the team. I wish the entire organization success in the future.

Nevada Senate vote on proposed A’s stadium in Las Vegas extended until next week

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CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Senate adjourned Thursday without voting on a financing bill for a proposed $1.5 billion Las Vegas Strip stadium for the Oakland Athletics, extending the special legislative session into the next week amid negotiations over whether to contribute $380 million in public funding to the project.

The measure can still be amended by lawmakers, and if it passes the Senate it would still need approval from the Assembly before going to the desk of Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo, who has expressed support for it. Both the state Senate and Assembly are adjourned until Monday.

In a hearing that began Wednesday and stretched into the early morning hours Thursday, lawmakers peppered tourism officials and a representative from a firm partnering with the ball club with questions about the feasibility and benefits of financing such a deal.

Public funds for the stadium would mainly come from $180 million in transferable tax credits and $120 million in county bonds. Backers have pledged that the creation of a special tax district around the proposed stadium would generate enough money to pay off those bonds and interest. The plan would not directly raise taxes.

The A’s would not owe property taxes for the publicly owned stadium. Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, would also contribute $25 million in credit toward infrastructure costs.

A’s representatives and some tourism officials say a deal would further grow Las Vegas’ developing sports scene and act as an economic engine, but a growing chorus of economists and some lawmakers warn that the project would bring minimal benefits for the hefty public price tag.