As the Mets' search for their new manager continues, one former New York star publicly expressed his desire to lead an MLB team for 2020 and beyond, but will the opportunity come in orange and blue?
Before the Yankees played Game 2 of the ALCS against the Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, former 20-year veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran expressed his desire to become a manager when he caught up with SNY's Andy Martino on the field.
Beltran, who spent 2005-10 as a Met and slashed .279/.366/.499 with 134 home runs and 493 RBI in 741 games over six seasons, interviewed Thursday for the New York job and turned down chances to do the same with the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres.
"I love the game," said Beltran, who slashed .279/.350/.486 with 435 home runs and 1,587 RBI in 1,582 career games. "I love to compete -- I did it for 20 years -- and I feel like I can impact players' lives in a positive way. There's no doubt that, as a manager, you're going to have your moments where you may sit down and have a tough conversation with a player.
"But at the end of the day, I did that as a player. So it won't be that different. I feel that I can bring positive(s) to a clubhouse. I can bring a lot of good things here. I was able to, throughout my career, be able to have good relationships, be able to have good conversations with the players -- and I'm willing to do the same as a manager."
In the Yankees' front office as a special adviser to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman since last December, Beltran said he gained a better understanding of how baseball has changed -- and will continue to do so -- with the analytics-driven trends.
Beltran played for the Yankees in two full years from 2014-15 and started his third season with 99 games before he got traded to the Texas Rangers and finished 2016 there.
After he capped his career in 2017 with the Astros, who won the World Series, Beltran interviewed for the Yankees' vacancy that ended up going to second-year manager Aaron Boone.
"I just retired from the game, the Yankees gave me the opportunity to interview for the job -- I wasn't thinking about it," Beltran said. "So this time around, I feel like I'm more prepared from working in the front office for the Yankees, being able to see where baseball is going, being able to see that the ... value that information has on players and how you can make good decisions to put the guys out there in position to be successful.
"So I feel that I'm in a good position. I know that it experience as a manager is not there, but I have 20 years in baseball, I got to be able to be proactive in the clubhouse, dealing with situations in the clubhouse and being able to work, how important chemistry is in the clubhouse. So those things, I have them down. The managerial situation has to come with opportunity and time to do it."
Other managers have more experience, such as Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter, but Beltran believes he can bring his own ability to the table between relatability around players and a strong understanding of the numbers game increasingly being played by MLB front offices.
"Think about if you're trying to do an investment decision -- you want to have information to make sure you make good decisions, so it's the same thing -- analytics is the same," Beltran said. "A lot of times, I don't like to call it analytics -- I like to call it information. And the players, also, when they hear that word, they're more receptive to receive information that -- what are they doing right, what are they doing wrong and make adjustments, because baseball's about making adjustments."