Former MLB outfielder Carlos Beltran has admitted that he doesn't expect his relationship with the Yankees fans to ever return to where it once was following the 2017 Houston Astros cheating scandal. Beltran signed with the Yankees in 2014 and played for them until he was traded to the Texas Rangers in 2016.
Beltran signed with the Astros in 2017 and retired after winning the World Series with the Astros. The Astros beat the Yankees en route to winning the 2017 World Series and many among the Yankees feel they would have won the 2017 World Series if not for the cheating scandal.
Now, Beltran works as a Yankees game announcer on YES Network. “That’s a battle I will not win,’’ Beltran told The New York Post. “No matter how much I try to excuse what I did in the whole situation, I will not win.
I know that when I’m around [the ballpark] and around the players, they acknowledge me and shake my hand. The perception I had from the fans, I lost some of that. The relationships I built in the game are intact”.
Beltran on his relationship with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman
Cashman has been vocal about the Astros' cheating scandal, insisting it's the only reason why the Yankees didn't go to the World Series in 2017.
Beltran has confirmed that his relationship with Cashman is good and noted he understands why the Yankees general manager is so much frustrated with what the Astros did in 2017. “We’re cool,’’ Beltran said of he and Cashman.
“He has to say what he has to say. He’s the general manager of the New York Yankees. He has to do what he has to do. At the end of the day, we shake hands and it’s sincere. … All I have for Cashman is love”.
The Yankees sit at No. 1 of the NL East standings and they are considered among top favorites to win this year's World Series.