SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Mets find themselves knee-deep in a scandal not of their own making. Yet as Carlos Beltran maintained his innocence, Brodie Van Wagenen and company appeared in no hurry to question their new manager about his involvement in the Astros’ alleged sign-stealing scheme.
A day after The Athletic reported Beltran and Red Sox manager Alex Cora played “key roles” in the 2017 Astros’ illegal, electronic sign-stealing operation — Beltran was then a veteran player and Cora the team’s bench coach — Beltran doubled down on sentiments he made initially to The Post earlier in the week: He did nothing wrong and fears no repercussions..
“I’m not concerned,” Beltran wrote in a text message to The Post on Thursday. “There’s nothing illegal about studying your opposite team. We all have the same opportunity to look out for information and tendencies. I love and respect the game. I will be a student of it and apply all the lessons.”
There is something illegal, however, about utilizing a center-field camera focused on the opposing catcher’s signals in Minute Maid Park, deciphering those signals in real time on a monitor positioned in the…