Carlos Beltran to be the new manager of the Mets
As the Mets began their search for a new manager after canning Mickey Callaway, there were many names that were in consideration. Three were high up there, but only one man truly wanted the job. With Joe Maddon going to the Angels and Joe Girardi to the Phillies, the door was wide open for that man to go through it. As a result, one of the best players in Mets history will be looking to lead them, while also looking for some redemption.
It was announced that Carlos Beltran has been named the 22nd coach in Mets history. This is after a 20-year playing career and a stint as a special adviser to Yankees GM Brian Cashman. The deal is for three years and the Mets will be introducing him to the media on Monday.
— New York Mets (@Mets) November 1, 2019
“Congratulations to Carlos. We are thrilled, as we know our passionate fans will be, to have him back in the family,” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. “Thanks to Brodie and the entire baseball operations staff on this expansive, diverse and collaborative managerial search process.”
Beltran returns to the Mets for the first time since being traded to the Giants in 2011 for Zack Wheeler. He signed a seven-year, $119 million contract with the team in 2005. During his tenure with the Mets he hit .280 with 149 home runs while also representing them in five All-Star Games. Beltran was a key figure during the Mets’ 2006 season, slashing ..275/..388/.594 with 41 home runs in 140 games. Following the trade to the Giants, Beltran played for St. Louis, the Yankees and the Rangers before retiring a World Series winner with the Astros in 2017.
Many fans remember Beltran for striking out looking in the 2006 NLC against Adam Wainwright, but he was more than that. When healthy, Beltran was the most consistent member of the team and a solid defender. Playing for both the Mets and the Yankees, Beltran has a history with New York, its fans and the media. He also understands the pressure that comes with representing a New York team.
Beltran is brand new when it comes to managing. However, he has been praised for his understanding of the game and his leadership in various clubhouses. Getting comparisons to Alex Cora, who won the World Series with the Red Sox in his first season, the mindset of Beltran can result in success, depending on team play.
At the end of the day, results are the most important thing. Bringing in a familiar face could ease tensions with Mets fan, but the new role will be the ultimate test for the future Hall of Famer.
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