'I Can't Wait To Rewrite Our Story': Carlos Beltran Introduced As Mets Manager

Alex Greenberg
November 04, 2019 - 12:15 pm

After two years of Mickey Callaway, there’s a new boss in the dugout at Citi Field.

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Carlos Beltran returns to the Mets not as a player, but as a manager. The future Hall of Famer’s first chance at managing in Major League Baseball comes with the team he spent seven years playing for in the midst of his storied career.

Beltran was officially introduced by the Mets in a press conference on Monday morning. He kept No. 15, the same number he wore as a player when he played in Queens, but he spoke about rewriting the story of this franchise.

“I’m excited and looking forward to what is ahead. Baseball is a rollercoaster, guys. I know that this will be the same,” said Beltran. “I just want to say, to the Mets, thank you for believing in me. I just can’t wait to rewrite our story, being the manager of the New York Mets.”

It was only two years ago, in November of 2017, when Beltran announced his retirement after a lengthy career in the big leagues. He had spent 19 years playing, but was eager to jump back in as a manager.

Beltran was asked what made him initially want to become a manager at the highest level of the sport, especially so soon after hanging up his cleats. 

“For me, the passion that I have for the game of baseball. The passion that I have to pass forward the things that I learned in the game of baseball. I do believe that it was my call to pursue this opportunity. I’m just excited to have these conversations with our players and being able to impact them and impact their careers in a positive way.”

Part of the reason this is such a good opportunity for Beltran is because the Mets already have quite a few talented players. They might have been a playoff team had the 2019 season not gotten off to such a bad start. Beltran will have the opportunity to teach and lead the likes of Pete Alonso, Jacob deGrom and Jeff McNeil.

Beltran is only 42, and he certainly knows what it takes to play in the big leagues in New York City. He shouldn't have any trouble being able to relate and connect with the players he now coaches.

Carlos Beltran and Brodie Van Wagenen
Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

General manager Brodie Van Wagenen also spoke during the press conference. He was asked about giving the managerial job to another person without any experience as a manager in Major League Baseball.

“I think Carlos has experience, and he has life experience,” said Van Wagenen. “When he sat with us in the room it was clear he had an element of consistency every time we spoke. He knew what the mission was, and it’s to win. It’s to win games. He knew that that was going to come off the foundation and the support of players. If our players perform, we win. And Carlos understands these players in a very unique way. And as he talked to us, he indicated he wants to serve. At this point in his life he wants to serve, serve the community, serve the players, and serve the Mets fans.”

Beltran doesn't have experience managing in MLB, but as he aged he essentially became a player-coach, and thus an invaluable member of a locker room for any manager.

There was a touching moment during the press conference when Beltran became emotional after speaking in Spanish. With tears in his eyes, the Manati, Puerto Rico native spoke about what it meant for him to represent the island, and the kids who attend his baseball academy there, in such a big way.

"I'm sorry I get emotional, because when I talk about the kids from my academy in Puerto Rico. I can see in them the passion and the desire that they have to accomplish their dreams ... fight for your dreams. If I was able to accomplish being able to have a good career, and being in the position where I am today, there's no doubt that anyone out there can do it."