The New York Mets will reportedly name former centerfielder Carlos Beltrán as the team’s next manager.
After what seemed like such a long-winded search, the New York Mets have reportedly named their new manager.
Source: The Mets plan to make Carlos Beltrán their next manager.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) November 1, 2019
The move comes as a shocker to many in the media. SNY’s Andy Martino previously reported that Beltrán’s candidacy was starting to slip over the past week. Jon Heyman of MLB Network added that he’d be shocked if Beltrán received the job.
None of that matters now, as the former Mets centerfielder is set to return to Queens. Beltrán played for the Mets from 2005-2011 and was named to five All-Star games during that tenure.
Beltrán is arguably one of the greatest players to ever wear a Mets uniform. He’s likely to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in short order. His first year on the ballot is 2022, which would be year No. 3 of the usual three-year managerial contract.
No manager has ever been inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player while also managing that same team. Beltrán has a real chance to be the first.
According to Martino, Beltrán wants to bring on former Mets manager Terry Collins to be his bench coach. However, whether that’ll actually occur is yet to be clear.
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
Beltrán will receive much support from a Mets front office that’s very familiar with him. Both Allard Baird and Omar Minaya were Beltrán’s general managers at one point. He played with David Wright for years, and while doing so, was an employee of the Wilpon family.
Beltrán and the Wilpons left things on poor terms in 2011 after a vicious argument over a knee injury. However, it seems both parties have put that behind them.
Welcome home, Carlos.