Now the 22nd manager in Mets history, Carlos Beltran has gotten loads of endorsements and congratulations from former teammates and coaches. And Carlos Delgado, one of Beltran's Mets and Team Puerto Rico teammates, was on that list.
"I'm super happy for him, super excited," Delgado told The Post's Ken Davidoff. "I know that he's very passionate about baseball. Needless to say, he finished a 20-year career and three weeks later, he goes interviewing for the Yankees' managing job (in 2017). ... As a friend, I'm super excited, and as a Puerto Rican, I'm super excited for him, as well. I wish him nothing but the best."
Delgado and Beltran played together from 2006-09 with the Mets, and they were fan favorites with their big power bats. But Beltran was in the prime of his career, while Delgado finished out his 17 years in the league with the Mets during that span.
Beltran bounced around as his playing days came to a close, and Delgado believes that actually helps him a lot in a certain area of modern day managing.
"He spent the last few years of his career with organizations that are big in analytics and numbers," Delgado explained. "We have talked about how to use the new numbers versus the older, more traditional baseball (measures). I think he's willing to work with it and embrace it and use as much information as he can, but also use the human touch and his communication skills."
Being close friends, Delgado could make sense for Beltran's staff. However, he did tell Davidoff that he's out of the running in that aspect.
"At this time, I have family commitments that do not allow me the time to be involved on a full-time basis. I might stop by for a visit."