Retired Houston Astros star Carlos Beltran says he would hire former New York Mets manager Terry Collins as his bench coach.
Earlier this week, WFAN’s Mike Francesa revealed during his show that had he been hired by the New York Yankees as the team’s next manager, recently retired World Series champion Carlos Beltran would have hired former New York Mets manager Terry Collins as his bench coach.
Beltran was interviewed by the Yankees about their managerial opening but ultimately lost out to Aaron Boone.
During his Yankees interview, he was asked which manager he played for had left the most lasting impression. His answer? Terry Collins, who recently stepped away as manager for the Mets and for whom he played under in 2011.
“I have been fortunate to play with so many good managers,” he told Billy Witz of the New York Times. “But the one that really sticks out to me is Terry Collins, for the fact that when I was playing with the Mets he was able to handle my situation.”
Beltran also said that if he had gotten the job with the Yankees that he would hire a bench coach with major league experience. Apparently, Collins would have been his choice. Collins wasn’t the only Mets influence on Beltran’s Yankee interview. The retired player had former Mets general manager Omar Minaya help him prepare for the interview.