Mets' COO Shuts Down Carlos Beltran Questions at Ceremony

Mets Still Silent On Manager's Future

The Mets honored Mike Piazza on Thursday while dodging questions about the future of manager Carlos Beltran.

The team held a ceremony in Port St. Lucie, Florida, changing the address of its spring training facility to 31 Piazza Drive. The celebration, however, came amid speculation about whether the Mets might fire Beltran over his role in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal. 

The organization has not made any public statement since MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred issued a report that linked Beltran, a player on the 2017 Astros, directly to the scheme. The scandal has already cost Astros manager AJ Hinch, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who was a bench coach for the Astros, their jobs. Major League Baseball is not disciplining anyone who was a player on the World Series-winning team.

After the ceremony, a reporter tried to broach the subject of Beltran and the MLB's sign-stealing investigation with Mets Chief Operating Office Jeff Wilpon.

"Does that have to do with Mike Piazza?" Wilpon said. "Sorry. ... We're talking about Mike Piazza Drive today."

When pressed about when a decision on Beltran might be announced, Wilpon answered: "I don't know. You better watch out, the police is going to get us off Mike Piazza Drive."

General manager Brodie Van Wagenen was present at the event.

Moment earlier, Piazza, the Mets' Hall of Fame catcher, got choked up discussing his ailing father, Vince. Piazza said he researched the person St. Lucie, who he learned was, like his father, from Sicily.

"I wish he was here today to see this because he's been such a great inspiration in my career," Piazza said. "He's not doing well health-wise. We still have him, and he called me this morning and wanted to wish me the best and such a great honor for our family. 

"So it's no coincidence that St. Lucie was from Sicily and our family's from Sicily. So thank you very much. I'm very honored."

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