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As MLB investigators intensify their probe into allegations of high-tech cheating against the Yankees, Mets and other clubs, a key element of their process will be comparing the accounts of interviewees, and searching for inconsistencies in the various testimonies, according to people familiar with the investigation.

As SNY reported, Mets manager Carlos Beltran and Red Sox manager Alex Cora will be interviewed but appear unlikely to be suspended. The Athletic reported that MLB has also contacted former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers, who alleged that the Astros used cameras to steal signs in 2017.

However, if the accounts offered by Beltran, Cora or any other witness contain inconsistencies or falsehoods, they and any other witness could end up facing harsher discipline.

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone (Troy Taormina )
Yankees manager Aaron Boone (Troy Taormina )

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

During the first game of this year's American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park, as the Yankees started jawing at the Houston dugout about sign stealing, Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron raised his middle finger and directed the gesture toward the opposing bench.

This infuriated New York's third base coach Phil Nevin, who yelled at Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, "Tell your f--king hitting coach I'm going to kick his f--king ass."

Managers A.J. Hinch and Aaron Boone also exchanged words, and the Yankees ultimately asked Major League Baseball to investigate the Astros for using whistling to convey pitches to their hitters (MLB said they found no evidence of wrongdoing in that instance).

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Beltran and Astros Scandal 00:01:02
SNY's Andy Martino explains how difficult it will be for MLB to discipline new Mets Manager Carlos Beltran amidst the Astros scandal.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Although Major League Baseball will interview Carlos Beltran and Alex Cora about sign-stealing allegations involving the Houston Astros, the league does not have either accusations or evidence that would point to severe discipline for either, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

Beltran was a member of the 2017 World Series champs, and Cora was the bench coach. The Athletic this week quoted former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers confirming longstanding allegations that Houston uses cameras and audio signals to cheat.

The story came less than a month after SNY reported that the Yankees believed the Astros were whistling to convey signs during this year's American League Championship Series.

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Van Wagenen on Beltran, Astros 00:01:36
New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen address the media about the recent news of the Astros sign-stealing and new manager Carlos Beltran.

Asked at the GM meetings on Thursday about the alleged involvement of Carlos Beltran in the Astros' sign-stealing in 2017, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said he hadn't yet spoken to Beltran and deferred to Major League Baseball on most questions since he didn't yet have enough information on the matter.

The questions Van Wagenen deferred to MLB included ones about potential discipline from the league.

Beltran, who played for the Astros in 2017 during the final season of his career, was among those who played a "key role in devising" the alleged camera-aided in-game sign-stealing system they used, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported.

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Sep 25, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) smiles after the benches clear during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Dieb)
Sep 25, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) smiles after the benches clear during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Dieb)

Former Yankees player and exec and new Mets manager Carlos Beltran was among those who played a "key role in devising the sign-stealing system" the Astros used in 2017, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

According to Rosenthal, Red Sox manager Alex Cora -- who was the Astros' bench coach in 2017 while Beltran was a player in what was the final season of his career -- was among the other members of the Astros to play a "key role" in the sign-stealing.

Rosenthal added that MLB's investigation into the Astros is "virtually certain" to include interviews with current manager A.J. Hinch, Cora, and Beltran.

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Sep 25, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) smiles after the benches clear during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Dieb)
Sep 25, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) smiles after the benches clear during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Dieb)

New Mets manager Carlos Beltran was among those who played a "key role in devising the sign-stealing system" the Astros used in 2017, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

According to Rosenthal, Red Sox manager Alex Cora -- who was the Astros' bench coach in 2017 while Beltran was a player in what was the final season of his career -- was among the other members of the Astros to play a "key role" in the sign-stealing.

Rosenthal added that MLB's investigation into the Astros is "virtually certain" to include interviews with current manager A.J. Hinch, Cora, and Beltran.

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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former player Carlos Beltran (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman during batting practice before game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former player Carlos Beltran (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman during batting practice before game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman gave new Mets manager Carlos Beltran a glowing review Wednesday on WFAN with Mike Francesa.

The Mets hired Beltran after he spent his past year with the Yankees as Cashman's special adviser and learned about the game of baseball from the front office's perspective.

Fused with Beltran's 20 years of playing experience, including with the Mets (2005-11) and Yankees (2014-16), the nine-time All-Star's all-around experience has Cashman among the believers as he embarks on his managerial chapter.

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Aug 4, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Donovan Solano (7) celebrates his solo home run with third base coach Ron Wotus (23) in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Aug 4, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Donovan Solano (7) celebrates his solo home run with third base coach Ron Wotus (23) in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

As the Mets' bench coach search rolls on, another name has emerged. Ron Wotus, whose status with the Giants is unclear after the hiring of Gabe Kapler as manager, has interviewed with the Mets, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic.

Wotus joins Jerry Narron and Fredi Gonzalez as known candidates for the Mets' bench coach job.

Terry Collins was the preference of new manager Carlos Beltran to be his bench coach, but the Mets will be going in a different direction -- with Collins staying on as a special adviser to GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

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With Day 2 of the GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. taking place, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen took the time to speak with WFAN's Mike Francesa on what the team has done to set up their managerial staff and on what's to come on filling out the rest of their coaching staff.

The Mets have many moves to come as they continue to shore up their coaching staff, as well as dealing with free agency. Plus, they just hired Carlos Beltran as their new manager less than two weeks ago, so this team's got a lot going on this offseason.

Speaking of Beltran, Van Wagenen spoke on what the former Met did to separate himself from the other candidates for the manager position: "From Day 1 and all the way till the end of the process, he was the same guy--he never came across like he was selling, he never came across like he was trying to search for the answers that I wanted to hear, he was Carlos Beltran. And he maintained that throughout the whole process and I respected it and the authenticity will play well to our players."

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Carlos Beltran on Terry Collins 00:01:43
Carlos Beltran talks to Steve Gelbs about his relationship with Terry Collins and whether Collins will serve as his bench coach

Fredi Gonzalez has now joined the discussion to be the next bench coach for the Mets, it was reported by The New York Post's Mika Puma on Tuesday afternoon.

Gonzalez, who has been the third base coach for the Marlins over the last three seasons, is expected to meet with team officials back in New York once the GM meetings are over. 

Gonzalez has been coaching or managing in the majors since 1999, starting his career as a third base coach with the Marlins before moving on to the Braves in 2003. 

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

The annual GM Meetings take place from Nov. 11-14 in Scottsdale, Ariz. On hand will be Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and his staff, along with representatives from the 29 other teams.

While the big event of the offseason is the Winter Meetings each December, things often start to take shape at the GM meetings.

Van Wagenen discussed the Mets' offseason plans while introducing Carlos Beltran as manager last Monday, but he didn't go into detail. Here are five questions Van Wagenen should be asked as the GM Meetings begin...

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New York Mets manager Terry Collins calls for a pinch hitter after an apparent injury to third baseman Wilmer Flores during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins calls for a pinch hitter after an apparent injury to third baseman Wilmer Flores during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Mets manager Terry Collins is not a candidate to be Carlos Beltran's bench coach, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed Saturday.

The news was first reported by Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Beltran, who was named the Mets' 22nd manager last week, had previously told the team that Collins would be his ideal bench coach, according to Martino. A source told John Harper that Collins would have accepted the job if offered.

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Matz happy about Beltran hire 00:00:54
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz said the team is excited the Mets hired Carlos Beltran as the new manager and could learn a lot from him.

On Thursday night at his Tru32 charity bowling event "Strikes with Steven", Mets pitcher Steven Matz gave his thoughts on newly hired manager Carlos Beltran.

"It's really exciting," Matz said. "He's very respected in the game. He was a great player himself. I think he brings some great leadership to the team, and he's very passionate about the game. I think we're all excited to have him as our leader."

Matz went on to talk about how Beltran's experience as a recent player should help the team a lot.

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Beltran will work well for Mets 00:00:50
SNY's Keith Hernandez explains how Mets players will look up to new manager Carlos Beltran because his body of work speaks for itself.

Keith Hernandez knows the Mets as well as anyone, calling the games in the SNY booth.

He recently explained what Carlos Beltran will bring as the team's new manager. 

"They're going to look up to him. He will learn on the job," Hernandez said. "He's had the experience in the Yankees' front office, being with Brian Cashman as a special assistant. He learned there, so it's not like he's coming in cold. He's aware of the analytics and that's part of the game, and managers today, you have to work with a more hands-on general manager and that analytic team, which Brodie has.

"I think it's going to be a good working relationship and I think the players are going to look up to him. A manager has to lead, players want to be led, and I think that he'll provide that." 

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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Los Angeles Angels finalized their coaching staff on Wednesday evening, naming former Mets manager Mickey Callaway their pitching coach.

Callaway's expected hiring was reported back in late October, but now the team has made the move official, as the 44-year-old joins Joe Maddon's staff.

Prior to his two seasons as the Mets manager, Callaway evolved into one of the most respected pitching coaches in all of baseball. With the Indians, Callaway oversaw the development of Corey Kluber, who won two Cy Young Awards while Callaway was with the team. In 2016, Kluber finished third in Cy Young voting, but the Indians pitching staff helped lead to the team to a World Series appearance against the Cubs.

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Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)
Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)

Steven Matz was part of the surge as the Mets went 46-26 in the second half of the 2019 season, scratching and clawing their way back into the playoff race.

Now, after finishing 3.0 games out of a playoff spot and watching the team hire Carlos Beltran as manager, Matz is already gearing up for the 2020 season.

"We got really excited to see what we are capable of," Matz said on Monday during an appearance on MLB Network Radio. "Now we've got a guy who is very well respected around the league coming in, and have that type of collaboration with Brodie (Van Wagenen) and him and all that type of stuff. I think that we are really excited and I think the fans are as well as to what we can do."

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 (Stan Szeto)
(Stan Szeto)

Though there's been plenty of buzz of late about Terry Collins potentially becoming Carlos Beltran's bench coach, another name is now reportedly in the mix.

Jerry Narron, who most recently served at the Diamondbacks bench coach, is a candidate for the job, according to Newsday's Tim Healey.

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reached out to Narron, who said he has "not heard anything yet," but he does "definitely want to stay in the game."

Like Collins, Narron has prior experience as a manager at the big-league level, which would undoubtedly be helpful for a first-time skipper like Beltran.

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June 27, 2008:
		Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado broke the club's single-game record for RBI with nine, four of them coming from a grand slam. The Mets defeated the Yankees 15-6 (AP)
June 27, 2008: Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado broke the club's single-game record for RBI with nine, four of them coming from a grand slam. The Mets defeated the Yankees 15-6 (AP)

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Terry Collins/Pete Mackanin/John Gibbons
Terry Collins/Pete Mackanin/John Gibbons

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The Mets have a new manager at least partly because Mickey Callaway repeatedly made strategic mistakes during games over two seasons, but also because there hasn't been a bench coach savvy enough to avoid at least some of the train wrecks. 

Which brings us to the Mets' next piece of business: find the right guy to ride shotgun for Carlos Beltran and make his transition to managing as smooth as possible.

In short, find the right bench coach.

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Pete Alonso burst onto the scene in 2019. After breaking record after record, new Mets manager Carlos Beltran --like everybody else -- took notice. 

Beltran, a former slugger himself who hit 149 home runs in a Mets uniform, including 41 in 2006, said he needs no introduction to Alonso. He's well aware of what he's capable of.

The skipper also plans to add to Alonso's duties. 

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Mets manager Carlos Beltran and Brodie Van Wagenen (SNY)
Mets manager Carlos Beltran and Brodie Van Wagenen (SNY)

The Mets made things official on Monday, introducing Carlos Beltran as the 22nd manager in team history during a press conference at Citi Field.

In addition to Beltran's introduction and his thoughts on taking over the reins, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen spoke about the hiring process and what could be in store for the team this offeason.

Here's what happened, in case you missed it...

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Doug Williams and Andy Martino deliver an all new episode of the Shea Anything podcast on the day the Mets deliver an all new manager!

The guys talk all things Carlos Beltran following his official introduction as the new manager of the Mets at Citi Field. They look back at what he said and why he got the job, and look forward to how things may go for Beltran in his new role with his old team.

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Anthony Rendon (Thomas B. Shea)
Anthony Rendon (Thomas B. Shea)

As they build for the 2020 season, the Mets could have a gaping hole in the starting rotation and badly need to improve their team defense. Meanwhile, Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon are free agents. Could the Mets be players for them? 

Asked directly about whether the team can add a top flight free agent without reducing payroll, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen danced around the question.

"At this point, we're going to explore all options with the roster," Van Wagenen said on Monday after introducing Carlos Beltran as the team's new manager. "Once we find the right fit, we'll try to make that a reality."

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In-depth answers about Beltran 00:02:13
Brodie Van Wagenen provides more detail and clarity as to why and how Carlos Beltran won the Mets managerial job. The team is very excited.

Monday's introductory press conference for Mets manager Carlos Beltran at Citi Field in New York was historic.

Not only did Beltran's official hire make for a franchise milestone -- it doubled as an uncharted moment in New York sports.

As the new Mets leader, Beltran becomes the first Latino head coach or manager for any of the city's four major sports teams.

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Carlos Beltran chats with SNY 00:06:24
Carlos Beltran chats with SNY's Steve Gelbs, explaining why he wanted the Mets manager job, and how he will help his players moving forward.

Every manager in MLB has their own style of leading their ballclub, and the Mets' new manager in Carlos Beltran already knows how he'll be doing that in his first season next year. 

Beltran was officially introduced as the Mets' 22nd manager in franchise history on Monday, as he donned his No. 15 jersey once again. Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen introduced Beltran as someone who brings tremendous amounts of experience after 20 seasons playing in the league, and his impact was felt on and off the field. 

Through those seasons, Beltran admitted he would think about the type of manager he'd want to be based off his experiences with players and coaches. 

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New York Mets manager Terry Collins calls for a pinch hitter after an apparent injury to third baseman Wilmer Flores during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins calls for a pinch hitter after an apparent injury to third baseman Wilmer Flores during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Brodie Van Wagenen didn't say yes in his answer, but he also didn't say no.

During a 1-on-1 interview Monday with SNY's Steve Gelbs at Citi Field after the Mets introduced new manager Carlos Beltran, the second-year general manager was asked about the possibility that the organization could welcome back a familiar face to the Mets dugout.

Terry Collins, who managed the Mets from 2011-17, has spent the past two years as a special assistant to the general manager and senior advisor for player personnel. He surfaced after Friday's hire of Beltran as a potential bench coach for the first-time manager, as SNY's Andy Martino previously reported.

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Mets welcome back Carlos Beltran 00:05:41
Carlos Beltran addresses the media, saying "he just can't wait to re-write our story" after being named the 22nd manager in Mets history.

Carlos Beltran has been officially introduced as the Mets' 22nd manager, and he couldn't be more excited for this opportunity to lead the team he once called home as a player. 

"First of all, [Mets GM] Brodie [Van Wagenen], thank you for being so kind and all those words. Honestly, for me, I feel thankful for this opportunity," Beltran said on Monday morning at Citi Field. "First of all, would like to always as a player I give the glory and honor to God, and I want to do the same here. I want to thank God for this opportunity. I'm very blessed to be standing up here in front of you guys as the new manager of the New York Mets."

Beltran continued with his thanks all around the room, from Fred Wilpon and Jeff Wilpon, to his family, who were in attendance. He made sure to thanks his wife, Jessica, saying "my wife was very supportive for me for 20 years as a player."

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Joe Girardi (Troy Taormina)
Joe Girardi (Troy Taormina)

Joe Girardi headlined the hot names throughout the Mets' managerial search, but New York ultimately went in a different direction and hired Carlos Beltran.

Before the Mets zeroed in on Beltran, a first-time manager, the Phillies went all out for Girardi. Philadelphia introduced Girardi, the former Yankees manager from 2008-17, last Monday.

Back at Citi Field in New York for Monday's press conference with Beltran, Van Wagenen explained why the Mets did not pursue Girardi -- more so revealing that Beltran's overall strengths and all-around potential, despite the inexperience, outweighed other candidates' experience, such as Girardi's.

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How Carlos Beltran won the job 00:01:01
Carlos Beltran and Brodie Van Wagenen answer questions about choosing the next Mets manager. It's obvious both sides wanted the same thing.

When general manager Brodie Van Wagenen sorted through the Mets' managerial candidates, Carlos Beltran stood out for five reasons.

The Mets introduced Beltran during Monday's press conference at Citi Field in New York, where Van Wagenen thoroughly broke down why Beltran -- another first-time manager -- stood out among the rest of the pack.

Beltran, who played for the Mets from 2005-11 as a four-time All-Star outfielder and spent the past year as a special advisor to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, brings a unique balance that Van Wagenen was unable to find elsewhere.

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and manager Carlos Beltran after his press conference. (SNY)
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and manager Carlos Beltran after his press conference. (SNY)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It was a casual lunch, Italian food in Manhattan. Allard Baird and Omar Minaya both have known Carlos Beltrán for years and the three pals ate together last month, a meal that was "more personal than business," Baird says. 

"It wasn't in great detail about managing or anything like that," Baird adds. 

Still, Beltrán made a powerful impression when he talked about how he saw himself contributing to a ball club. It was clear to Baird and Minaya, the top lieutenants to Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen, that Beltrán was "much further along than anyone would've anticipated," Baird says, and had bloomed into manager material. 

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Darling saluted by NY BB HOF 00:01:14
Former Mets pitcher Ron Darling comments on being inducted into the NY Baseball HOF and shares his thoughts on the hiring of Carlos Beltran

As a former Mets pitcher and current SNY analyst, Ron Darling is a known name in New York sports.

He was recognized for his efforts and successes in both careers at Sunday's New York Baseball Hall of Fame induction.

At the ceremony, Darling opened up on what his honor means to him, and he shared thoughts about the Mets' hiring of Carlos Beltran as well.

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Carlos Beltran
Carlos Beltran

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

As Carlos Beltrán takes over the Mets -- he'll be introduced as their new manager in a press conference Monday morning -- he joins a baseball fraternity that's rare in today's game: 

Beltrán and Don Mattingly of the Marlins are the only current managers who were superstars as players. The ex-players over the rest of the managerial landscape did not have the same kind of big careers, and they certainly didn't make the kind of money Beltrán did. 

Whether it's fair or unfair, the number of non-star managers seems to stir debate over ex-stars getting the job. Should anyone care if Beltrán doesn't fit the profile of the scrappy middle infielder who soaked up every detail to get by as a player and now deploys that knowledge as a manager? Or if he's not a shrewd catcher steeped in the calculus of running a pitching staff?

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New York Mets manager Terry Collins calls for a pinch hitter after an apparent injury to third baseman Wilmer Flores during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins calls for a pinch hitter after an apparent injury to third baseman Wilmer Flores during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

With Carlos Beltran now officially the 22nd manager in Mets history, the next step is building out the first-time manager's staff.

SNY's Andy Martino has previously reported that former Mets manager Terry Collins would be Beltran's ideal bench coach.

On Saturday afternoon, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reported that while the Mets have yet to approach Collins about becoming a part of Beltran's staff, that doesn't mean they won't eventually. DiComo also notes that Collins is still on the Mets' payroll as a special assistant to GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

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Oct 23, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) is interviewed by the media one day prior to game one of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports  (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Oct 23, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) is interviewed by the media one day prior to game one of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Red Sox manager Alex Cora thinks new Mets skipper Carlos Beltran is the right man for the job. 

Both Cora and Beltran came up through the baseball ranks in Puerto Rico and in 2017, the two shared a World Series title with the Astros in Beltran's final year of his playing career while Cora was the team's bench coach. 

After his look at Beltran up close, Cora said Beltran's attention to detail make him a smart hire. 

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Mets' Carlos Beltran
Mets' Carlos Beltran

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

So will Carlos Beltrán, first-time manager, be the next Alex Cora or the next, uh, Mickey Callaway

Obviously, we won't even begin to know anything about Beltrán as a manager until he takes over the Mets and actually does the job. It's up to him to prove the Mets made the right call in hiring someone with no previous managing or coaching experience.

But it's worth noting that a manager piloting his first team can both win the World Series in his first season, as Cora did with the 2018 Red Sox, or be out of a job quickly, like Callaway. 

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Mets' Carlos Beltran (Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
Mets' Carlos Beltran (Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Carlos Beltran wasn't my first choice to replace Mickey Callaway, but he was my second. 

Here are 5 reasons why I'm excited to have him back in the mix...

1) He's Carlos Beltran

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Carlos Beltran of the New York Mets on May 7, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Carlos Beltran of the New York Mets on May 7, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The potential for Carlos Beltran to excel at his new job as manager of the Mets is rooted mostly in his acclaimed baseball acumen and his ability to connect with players as a deep thinker who works hard at developing personal relationships.

In recent years, in fact, an image of Beltran as a baseball savant has emerged around the game, especially in the influence he had on the Houston Astros' 2017 championship team, when he was credited for picking up the way Yu Darvish was tipping pitches in that postseason.

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The Mets have hired Carlos Beltran to be their manager. After reports surfaced earlier in the day, the Mets made the move official on Friday evening, announcing a three-year deal with a fourth-year club option for Beltran. 

"Congratulations to Carlos. We are thrilled, as we know our passionate fans will be, to have him back in the family," said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. "Thanks to Brodie and the entire baseball operations staff on this expansive, diverse and collaborative managerial search process."

"Thanks to Jeff and the ownership group for their ongoing support as we worked through a very detailed managerial search process," said GM Brodie Van Wagenen. "We are very excited to bring Carlos on board as our next manager and re-introduce him to Mets fans next week."

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Keith Hernandez on Beltran hire 00:05:44
SNY's Keith Hernandez shares his thoughts on the news that Carlos Beltran will be the new Mets manager, and what kind of leader he will be.

The Mets planned hire of Carlos Beltran as their next manager has had the baseball world buzzing. 

Shortly after the news broke, members of the SNY broadcast team, including Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling, and Steve Gelbs, shared their thoughts on what Beltran brings to the table as the 22nd manager in club history.

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SNY Insider Andy Martino explains why former Mets Carlos Beltran is the right guy as the Mets new manager.

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Perhaps the most telling detail about Carlos Beltran's ability to relate to all factions of a major league clubhouse is that he is close friends with both Carlos Gomez … and Brian McCann.

The two players who famously jawed at home plate in 2013 over old school/new school baseball etiquette both consider Beltran a confidant and mentor.

On many occasions during Gomez's career, after he angered an opponent over some perceived violation of the game's unwritten rules, he would wake the following morning to a text from Beltran gently explaining what had happened and how to make it better.

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Shortly after it came out that the Mets planned to hire Carlos Beltran as their next manager, reaction started to come in. Among those weighing in were Eduardo Perez (who nearly got the job) and current and former Mets.

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New York Mets' Carlos Beltran takes off running after hitting a three run homer during the first inning of their baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York (AP Photo/Ed Betz)
New York Mets' Carlos Beltran takes off running after hitting a three run homer during the first inning of their baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York (AP Photo/Ed Betz)

Carlos Beltran was one of the best two-way players the Mets ever had, could be headed for the Hall-of-Fame, and is now being brought in as the Mets' new manager.

Beltran hit .280/.369/.500 with 149 HR, 208 doubles, and 559 RBI in 839 games during his seven seasons in Queens (2005-2011) while playing exceptional defense in center field.

Along the way, he helped guide the Mets to the postseason in 2006 and is one of the reasons why they reached Game 7 of the NLCS that season against the Cardinals. What Beltran did during the 2006 NLCS as a whole stands out far more than him striking out to end it (which some fans still can't let go). And what Beltran did during his overall Mets tenure was legendary. Click below to see his Top 5 moments... 

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Oct 23, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) talks to players during batting practice one day prior to game one of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 23, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) talks to players during batting practice one day prior to game one of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

After parting ways with Mickey Callaway, the Mets were searching for a new manager and decided on Carlos Beltran. Here's what we know...


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Carlos Beltran has told the Mets that his ideal bench coach would be former manager Terry Collins, SNY's Andy Martino reported Friday. However, that is not something that is guaranteed to happen.

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Somewhere in the offices at Citi Field, there is a whiteboard, and on that whiteboard are the names of well over a dozen managerial candidates.

During the Mets' broad search for a new skipper, names that haven't surfaced publicly, from John Gibbons to Dusty Baker to Robin Ventura, have appeared on this board. A section of this board was used for a secondary list of sorts, intended as a backup if none of the interviews yielded a fit.

A few weeks ago, a person involved in the process warned us of a potential "bombshell" candidate whose name was not only on the board but about whom the Mets were doing extensive research.

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Carlos Beltran (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
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With the Mets' managerial search primed to roll into November, Mr. October has voiced his support for Carlos Beltran.

Speaking to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Reggie Jackson explained how he believes Beltran, who is known to have gone through multiple interview rounds with the Mets throughout this process, has the right qualities to lead a major league team.

"Carlos Beltran is just a classy act, loves baseball, knows baseball, a good deep thinker and I think just the right mix with understanding analytics and how the game should be played," Jackson told The Post.

"He is either going to manage now or a year or two from now. He is going to be selected because he is desirable. He is a desirable character and personality and person, and he was a great player."

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Jul 28, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez (right) talks with Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar (left) in the dugout during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Jul 28, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez (right) talks with Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar (left) in the dugout during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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The Mets' search for their next manager rolls on, with their third round of interviews set to begin this week, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

According to Martino, Carlos Beltran, Tim Bogar, and Eduardo Perez will receive third interviews. Derek Shelton will also receive a third interview, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

With four finalists for Mets manager known, let's weigh their pros and cons...

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen (Charles LeClaire)

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The Mets will hold a third round of managerial interviews this week, with Eduardo Perez, Tim Bogar and Carlos Beltran among those getting another callback, according to multiple major league sources.

Those are not the only candidates who are coming back for the third round.

Luis Rojas is not believed to be in the mix any longer.

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Joe Girardi was one of six known finalists for the Mets manager job, but he will not be managing them next year. Girardi has been hired by the Phillies -- the team SNY's Andy Martino had reported was a far more likely landing spot than the Mets

With Girardi heading to Philadelphia, the Mets' known candidates are down to Tim Bogar, Carlos Beltran, Luis Rojas, Derek Shelton, and Eduardo Perez.

Of the initial group of six known second-round candidates, Girardi -- who was the preferred choice of a large and vocal group of Mets fans on Twitter -- had the best credentials.

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The Mets are narrowing down their list of managerial candidates, and they could possibly make a decision on who to hire before the end of October, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Sunday.

Martino added that second round interviews will begin this week, with Carlos Beltran, Joe Girardi, and Eduardo Perez among the finalists for the job. Another finalist is Tim Bogar, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

With four finalists for Mets manager known, let's weigh their pros and cons...

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There's been plenty of talk in recent days about potential "mystery candidates" for the Mets managerial job, and now it seems has if one of those names has come to light.

According to Dennis Lin of The Athletic, Padres first base coach Skip Schumaker interviewed for the Mets job on Monday.

Schumaker has been the Padres first base coach since 2018, and Lin has noted that with the Padres searching for a new manager themselves, coaching turnover in the organization is expected.

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