WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Astros shortstop Carlos Correa came to the defense of Carlos Beltran on Thursday, after Beltran was painted as a “steamrolling’’ leader in the Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing saga in a report earlier in the week.
“The thing I have a problem with is when I read that report is that we are scared of him, or that we feel intimidated,’’ Correa said of Beltran at the ballpark of the Palm Beaches during the Astros’ apology tour. “We didn’t feel scared of Beltran or intimidated. He was the nicest guy, the best teammate that we ever had. Beltran was a leader of the clubhouse, but we all had a say in everything that we were doing in there. Whatever he said and whatever we were doing, we had the chance to stop it as a team. Everybody. Everybody had the chance to say something and we didn’t.
“So whoever is the anonymous source that was saying we feel intimidated or we were too young to do something that is straight up bulls—. Beltran didn’t intimidate nobody. Beltran is the nicest guy.
“I know people are going to say, ‘Oh, he is just trying to protect him,’ but you can talk to every single guy here that was here in 2017 — Beltran is a straight-up gentleman and nobody, not even you guys, nobody would feel intimidated by his presence, by his leadership and whatever he has to say. He showed us how to play baseball, hard. He was a veteran. He was inspiring. Whenever we were slumping he was there for us, so I don’t see a person that is mentoring you or is there for you when you are struggling as an intimidating person,’’ Correa said.
According to a report Tuesday in The Athletic, Beltran was the ringleader when it came to the scheme and ignored the protests of some coaches and teammates. Beltran was named the Mets manager this off-season but lost the job when the details of the sign-stealing saga came to light.
Beltran joined the Astros before the 2017 season after spending the previous three years with the Yankees. According to The Athletic, when Beltran got to Houston, he told the organization its sign-stealing methods were “behind the times.”
Even when other players — including former Yankees teammate Brian McCann — advised Beltran to put a stop to the cheating, Beltran refused, the report claims.
“He disregarded it and steamrolled everybody,” one of the team members alleged to The Athletic. “Where do you go if you’re a young, impressionable player with the Astros and this guy says, ‘We’re doing this’? What do you do?”
Correa painted a much different picture on Thursday.
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