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.
"He's probably faced a lot of us," Matz said. "Just to have him there, and I'm sure he can give us some pointers and some things he saw, and all the information that he has from when he played just from different stuff on why he was so successful. I think he'll be able to share that with all of us."
In fact, Beltran did play long enough to face a handful of current Mets pitchers. Beltran is 1-for-3 against Matz, 0-for-2 against Jacob deGrom, 2-for-3 against Edwin Diaz, 5-for-15 against Marcus Stroman, 2-for-3 against Noah Syndergaard, and 0-for-5 against Justin Wilson.
Matz was then asked about the possibility of the Mets bringing back former manager Terry Collins as a bench coach. Beltran has expressed interest in bringing Collins on for the job, but there isn't any indication either GM Brodie Van Wagenen or Mets ownership is ready to bring him back.
"That's pretty cool too," Matz said. "Obviously, we all got to know him back in 2010 when he joined the Mets organization as a minor league director. And then obviously leading the team to the World Series in 2015. So that would be cool."
Collins was 551-583 as the Mets manager from 2011-2017. He has spent the past two seasons as a special assistant to GM Brodie Van Wagenen and as a senior advisor for player personnel.