The New York Mets have found their next manager and he happens to be a familiar face. Though the team has not yet confirmed it, reports have indicated that Carlos Beltran will be named the team’s next manager, replacing Mickey Callaway, who was fired a month ago.
Source: The Mets plan to make Carlos Beltrán their next manager.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) November 1, 2019
Beltran, 42, spent seven years of his future Hall of Fame career with the Mets from 2005 to 2012. He also played for the Royals, Giants, Cardinals, Yankees, and Astros, the latter of which he won his first and only World Series ring in 2017. Since his retirement, he’s been working in the Yankees front office as an assistant to general manager Brian Cashman.
Although he has no prior coaching or managerial experience, Beltran clearly wowed the Mets brass during his interviews and had the endorsements of numerous people, which included team executives Allard Baird and Omar Minaya, Brian Cashman, Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, and Astros’ shortstop Carlos Correa. Now the job is his.
While his lack of experience could be a concern, the MLB is in an age where the front office and analytics department makes a majority of the decisions for the manager. Also, if the reports prove to be true, Beltran will have another familiar face mentoring him the dugout next season.
According to sources, Carlos Beltran told the Mets that his ideal bench coach would be Terry Collins, same as he told the Yankees. However, that’s not something that’s had much traction yet and not a guarantee to happen. Goes without saying that Beltrán, BVW etc not commenting
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) November 1, 2019
While this is also far from a done deal, Terry Collins could return to the Mets dugout as Beltran’s bench coach, where he will be welcomed back by players and fans with open arms. Collins is currently an assistant to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and it has yet to be confirmed whether or not he would be interested in the job.
During his time with the Mets, Beltran is most remembered for infamously taking a called third strike from Adam Wainwright to end the 2006 NLCS, effectively crushing the team’s World Series hopes. With that being said, fans are thrilled to have him back leading the team. Hopefully, during his tenure, he’ll have the chance to redeem himself and lead the Mets back to greatness.
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