FanGraphs Audio: Jay Jaffe Contemplates Carlos Beltrán

Episode 877

Jay and I discuss the Astros’ punishment for electronic sign-stealing, the dismissal of Jeff Luhnow, AJ Hinch, and Alex Cora, and what we want the punishment of teams, managers, and front office personnel to achieve in cases like this. We then turn our attention to how the Astros and Red Sox World Series teams (and the players who played for them) will be remembered decades from now, and what his association with the scandal might mean for Carlos Beltrán’s future Hall of Fame consideration.

Please note, this episode was recorded prior Beltrán stepping down as the Mets manager.

To read Jay’s piece on the parallels between the sign-stealing scandal and the steroid era, click here.
To read Jay’s piece on the Astros’ punishment, click here.
To read Jay’s piece on Carlos Beltrán, click here.
Update: Jay’s follow-up on Beltrán and the Mets’ mutual parting is available here.

Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @megrowler on Twitter.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximate 44 min play time.)

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Meg is the managing editor of FanGraphs, the host of FanGraphs Audio, and the co-co-host of Effectively Wild. Her work has previously appeared at Baseball Prospectus, Lookout Landing, and Just A Bit Outside.

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Jay Jaffe

Said this on Twitter and will add it here: as someone who bristles every time my last name is mispronounced (it rhymes with taffy) or misspelled, I owe Evan Drellich profuse apologies for doing both multiple times when citing his work with Ken Rosenthal on the sign-stealing scandal. It has two l’s and rhymes with “relic.” I’ve fixed it in my articles but obviously can’t do that with the recording. Apologies, Evan.

Nick Smith
Nick Smith

So more like Jay Gaffe-y, right?