Former New York Yankees slugger and current broadcaster Alex Rodriguez praises newly-hired New York Mets manager Carlos Beltrán.
Last week, the long and winding search for a new New York Mets manager came to an end. After many interviews with numerous candidates, New York decided to go with Carlos Beltrán to fill the position. Beltrán previously played for the Mets from 2005-11.
The Mets officially introduced Beltrán as their new skipper at Citi Field on Monday. Numerous former ballplayers have spoken publicly about the move, including Alex Cora, Carlos Delgado, and more recently, Alex Rodriguez.
“The Mets are going to love him,” Rodriguez said, per TMZ.
“Love Carlos,” the former New York Yankees slugger added. “Great hire. Great person. New Yorker. His wife, Jessica, lives right here in the city. And, he’s a baseball savant. I think the Mets are going to love him.”The Mets ultimately decided to go with Beltrán over Eduardo Pérez. New York also considered Tim Bogar, Pat Murphy, and Joe Girardi. The latter came to an agreement with the Philadelphia Phillies prior to the Beltran hire.
Beltrán will thus be joining a ballclub that could be on the rise if they fix certain aspects of their game. One of these facets is, without a doubt, the bullpen. The Mets relievers finished with a combined 4.95 ERA this past regular season. That statistic was good for 25th in the majors.
If the Mets can find a way to fix the bullpen, they have the talent to contend for a postseason berth, even in the super-competitive NL East.
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