One could understand if Carlos Beltran never wanted to hear from the New York Mets again. He had been named as the manager prior to the 2020 season, but was let go after the AstroGate scandal broke. Although he was a player at the time, and did not receive any discipline from the league, Beltran never actually managed a game for the Mets.
Carlos Beltran could get second chance to manage New York Mets
Puma went on to say that owner Steve Cohen loved Beltran’s hiring as manager two years ago. It would make sense that Cohen would want to find a role for Beltran in the organization, particularly if it would allow him to learn from Showalter.
Installing Beltran as Showalter’s bench coach could mean that he would be the Manger in Waiting. Showalter is already 65 years old, and even though he received a three year contract, it is uncertain as to how long he would want to continue to manage.
Such an arrangement would allow Beltran to learn the ins and outs of the game from someone who has been through all the battles. Showalter has won three Manager of the Year awards, doing so with three different teams, and getting to the postseason five times. Beltran, meanwhile, is still respected around the league, especially by the players, and had been viewed as a future manager towards the end of his playing days.
That future could still happen. If he does end up as Showalter’s bench coach, he would be primed to take over when the long time manager finally decides to call it a career. It may be years later than expected, but Beltran could still get his chance to manage the Mets.
Carlos Beltran may have a role with the New York Mets in 2022. That role could also lead to a second chance to manage the team in the future.