The New York Yankees have a new TV analyst on YES Network for the 2022 season, and it’s a name that could make things awkward for some players.
Carlos Beltran joined YES as a part-time game analyst during the offseason. Beltran is a former Yankee, but he was also named as one of the key figures in the 2017 Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Considering that it was those Astros who defeated the Yankees in the ALCS that year- there, the association raised some awkward questions. questions.
For his part, Aaron Judge shrugged off the embarrassment, saying he didn’t think Beltran needed to address his role in the scandal.
“In my opinion, I don’t think he needs to tell us anything,” Judge said Sunday, via The Associated Press. “I have a lot of respect for Beltran, he helped me a lot during his time here as a player. I learned a lot of good lessons. He spent a lot of quality time talking to me about the game, the side mentality of the game, of its approaches, of how to be a good teammate.
“…I can’t speak for the whole group, but I think the things we need to focus on this year and the things we need to do this year are more important than anything that’s happened. in the past.”
In some ways, the Yankees are still suspended in 2017, so having Beltran around could be awkward. The judge plays it down, and that’s understandable. Dwelling on the past is not going to help the team in 2022.