New York Mets: Who will be the next manager?

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 20: Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon and General Manager Brody Van Wagenen of the New York Mets, talk on the field during batting practice moments after Van Wagenen held a press conference before an MLB baseball game against the Washington Nationals on May 20, 2019 at Citi Field in the Queens borough of New York City. Mets won 5-3. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 20: Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon and General Manager Brody Van Wagenen of the New York Mets, talk on the field during batting practice moments after Van Wagenen held a press conference before an MLB baseball game against the Washington Nationals on May 20, 2019 at Citi Field in the Queens borough of New York City. Mets won 5-3. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) /
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Mets Managerial Candidates

Carlos Beltran

Now we move to the more intriguing managerial candidates for the New York Mets. And no one is more intriguing than Carlos Beltran.

Since retiring in 2017 after winning the World Series with the Houston Astros, Beltran has remained heavily involved in baseball. He was interviewed for the Yankees managerial vacancy in the following offseason and was eventually hired as a special advisor to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. There, he has learned the ins and outs of running a major league team from one of the best.

Now, he appears to be ready to move on and take on the challenge of becoming the Mets manager. He is widely regarded as a baseball savant who is well-liked around the league. He already interviewed with the Mets, and it appears he is all-in on the opportunity. He said on Sunday that he turned down interviews from both the Cubs and the Padres, and will only manage the Mets.

While Beltran has no experience managing, he spent 20 years in the league as one of the best. He had a career .279 batting average with 2,725 hits, 435 home runs, and 312 stolen bases. He earned nine all-star game nods to go along with the 1999 AL Rookie of the Year, and three Gold Gloves.

Most importantly, Beltran was a superstar during his seven seasons as a New York Met. He was an all-star in all but two of those seasons and was extremely well-liked within the clubhouse.

At this point, Beltran is considered a strong candidate to take over as the Mets’ new skipper. While he had a somewhat rough ending with the club, players, executives, and fans alike would welcome Beltran back with open arms if they decide to hire him in the next coming weeks.