The Mets have their new manager, and it is a New York hero. Former Met and Yankee, Carlos Beltran has been named Mets manager.
Over a 20 year playing career, Beltran put up Hall of Fame caliber numbers. He posted a 69.6 BBRef WAR between the Royals, Astros, Mets, Giants, Cardinals, Yankees and Rangers. He hit to a .279/.350/.486 slashline with 435 HR and 312 SB. The 9x All-Star won 3 Gold Gloves and was a 5 tool player for a long time. As a Met he won all 3 and hit 134 HR over 5 and a half seasons.
At 42 years old, Beltran seems like a great candidate for the Mets vacancy. He’s worked the last 2 years as a special assistant to Yankees GM Brian Cashman, and spent 8 years in the area as a player. He knows how to handle the media and the market second to none, and can do it in both a player and front office role. Former Mets manager, who led them to the World Series in 2015, Terry Collins will be his bench coach. Collins was the Mets manager from 2011 to 2017, and can handle duties in the circumstance that Beltran needs somebody to fill in. As a rookie manager, he also has valuable experience right alongside to guide him. Beltran’s last year in Queens was Collins first year as Mets manager.
Beltran, only 2 years removed from his playing career, has winning experience and is still young enough to relate to the players in a manager way whilst also being old enough to properly combine the traditional mindset with the new analytical age.
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