Carlos Beltrán Needs to Surround Himself With Experience in New Position as New York Mets Manager
Regardless of one's opinion on the New York Mets naming Carlos Beltrán their next manager, it is now abundantly clear that Beltrán has another important box to check as he prepares for what will be his first off season at the helm of a Major League Baseball team.
Beltrán, who has no previous coaching experience, will certainly experience his fair share of growing pains as he leads the Mets over the first few months of the season. This is why is it of the utmost importance for Beltrán to ensure that he surrounds himself with an experienced group of assistants.
There is great uncertainty regarding the Mets coaching staff entering the 2020 season. The hitting coach, Chili Davis, and interim pitching coach, Phil Regan, both are uncertain to return to Flushing next season.
Both Davis and Regan did a great job for the team last season, and the Mets must retain their services so the team can build upon what was a promising 2019 season.
Both these men have decades of experience in and around the game of baseball, and would be great people to have in the corner of Beltrán as he navigates the choppy waters that go along with managing a Major League Baseball team.
The fact that Beltrán's first managerial job is in the "Big Apple," and for his former team, will only add to the already heavy pressure on the ex-Met.
Reports said that Davis is looking for a multi-year contract in order to remain as the Mets hitting coach in 2020 and beyond. General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen, and the rest of the higher up's must retain Davis. He deserves a great deal of credit for the surefire Rookie of the Year campaign for first baseman Pete Alonso, and break out season for Jeff McNeil which resulted in his first career All Star selection.
It also remains to be seen who Beltrán will choose as his bench coach heading into 2020. It was widely reported following the announcement that Beltrán' would be the club's next manager that former Mets skipper Terry Collins would be his preferred bench coach. Beltrán reportedly mentioned bringing on Collins in that capacity during his multiple managerial interviews with the team.
If Collins were to choose to return to the field as the Mets bench coach it would be a great opportunity for Beltrán. Having Collins on his bench will help to ease the trepidation that some Mets fans have about the team hiring another first-time manager. Collins has 13 years of managerial experience at the major league level. Seven of those years were with the New York Mets (2011-2017). He also led the Mets to a berth in the 2015 World Series.
Collins knows what it takes to win in New York, and would be a great person for Beltrán to learn from about how to handle managing a MLB team. Having Collins on his staff would make Beltrán a better manager, and help to ease him into this new chapter of his storied baseball life.