The Yankees interview Carlos Beltran for their managerial opening on Wednesday.
After interviewing, Beltran said he thought about taking time off after retiring, but that he couldn't pass up the opportunity to land the Yankees job.
He added that he wants to be a proactive manager who interacts with players and is always bringing something to the table, according to Laura Albanese of Newsday.
Beltran, who retired after winning the World Series as a member of the Astros in October, was the sixth person to interview, joining Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge, Aaron Boone, Hensley Meulens, and Chris Woodward.
The 40-year-old Beltran recently discussed the opening with GM Brian Cashman, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman, but it had been reported earlier this month in the NY Daily News that he wouldn't be a serious contender for the position.
Beltran, who spent two and a half seasons with the Yankees from 2014 to 2016, finished his career with 2,725 hits, 435 home runs, and 1,587 RBI, while slashing .279/.350/.486. He was selected to nine All-Star Games and won three Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers.
Nov. 28: The Yankees are taking their time to fill the managerial role and rightfully so with no other team requiring a skipper. After interviewing five candidates, it seems that none of them shifted the needle enough to select one, so they have decided to bring Beltran in for a discussion.
The interesting thing is that Beltran initially indicated that he wanted to take some time off before getting back into the game after retiring as a player following his World Series run with the Astros. He also stated that he did not want to come back to the game without being able to make a significant impact; he can obviously do that as the Yankees skipper.
Beltran has long been considered a mentor to young players, including some of the current Yankees' youth. He is well-respected throughout the game and considered a wise baseball man. Beltran has played within the game's analytical climb, and his ability to communicate with the Latino contingent of players is a certain benefit.
As with any of the other candidates outside of Wedge (and maybe Thomson), there will be a learning curve, which doesn't seem to concern the Yankees. In my opinion, Beltran seems to be a better fit than Boone, and as strong a candidate as Meulens, the perceived front-runners at this time. We'll see what the Yankees think soon enough.