Mets Name Carlos Beltran As Next Manager

Alec Gearty
November 01, 2019 - 3:15 pm

Carlos Beltran will be the next manager of the New York Mets.

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Beltran, who recently served in the Yankees' front office, had been considered a favorite to succeed Mickey Callaway following the latter's firing in October. He's adamantly shown interest in the position, turning down opportunities elsewhere in order to re-join the organization. Beltran's contract is for three years with a club option for the fourth.

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

Beltran, 42, played 20 seasons in the majors from 1998-2017 for the Royals, Mets, Yankees, Astros, Cardinals, Giants and Rangers. The former outfielder was a nine-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner, American League Rookie of the Year and World Series champion with Houston in 2017.

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen didn't rush the hiring process. 

Potential replacements Joe Girardi and Joe Madden headed off to the Phillies and Angels, respectively. On Friday, Beltran, Eduardo Perez and Twins bench coach Derek Shelton were tabbed as the three finalists for the position - Nationals' Tim Bogar was ruled out after advancing in the interview process. 

Beltran was one of the few candidates to have zero managerial experience. He believes his extensive playing background and the time spent with the Yankees' brass, prepared himself to become Mets' skipper.

"I feel like I played long enough to have learned the game, and I do feel I have a lot of things I can contribute to the clubhouse," Beltran told reporters in October.

Beltran, who ranks sixth in Mets history with 559 RBIs, has reportedly sought help on his coaching staff. He is hopeful former Mets manager Terry Collins will serve as the Mets' bench coach.

Collins is currently a special assistant to Van Wagenen and spent seven seasons as the Mets' manager from 2011-2017. However, Collins' move to the staff has yet to gain any traction, according to SNY's Andy Martino.

Beltran will formally be introduced as the 22nd manager in Mets history on Nov. 4.