The New York Mets are taking another step forward in the hiring process with Carlos Beltran, who would be a first-time manager.
The second round of interviews will begin the same way the first round did. Andy Martino of SNY is reporting that Carlos Beltran will get a second interview for the New York Mets manager job.
Word is Carlos Beltran is expected to get a second in-person managerial interview with Mets. First known callback. Omar Minaya and Allard Baird said to be in his corner.
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) October 19, 2019
Beltran is the first known candidate in line for a second interview. He was also the first person to secure an in-person interview in the first round.
Martino had previously reported that Beltran was one of the favorites to land this job along with former Yankees manager Joe Girardi and ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise based on the numerous ties Beltran has to the Mets’ front office. Beltran played for the Mets from 2005-2011 when Omar Minaya was the general manager, and of course, the Wilpons owned the team.
Meanwhile, Allard Baird was a member of the Royals front office when they drafted Carlos Beltran and was the Royals GM during Beltran’s six-year tenure with the Royals.
It’s also known that Beltran was coveted by the Padres and the Cubs, but declined to interview for both of those jobs. He chose only to interview with the Mets saying “I feel that right now, living in New York, it’s the right fit for me.”
Beltran did that knowing the dark side of working with the Wilpons in the past. That alone should show how much he wants this job. Considering he has a second interview, it seems the feeling is mutual.
MLB frowns on teams making major announcements on days when postseason games are played, especially the World Series. Meaning the earliest the Mets would likely make an announcement is Sunday if the Astros win Game 6 on Saturday.
If the Mets don’t make an announcement by the time the World Series begins on Tuesday, they will likely wait until the Fall Classic is over to make an announcement.