Mets Officially Introduce Carlos Beltran as Their New Manager
The year is 2011. Carlos Beltran has just been traded to the San Francisco Giants for Zack Wheeler. Fast forward to 2019. If you were told that Beltran would take over as manager of the New York Mets, would you believe it? Well, it's happening.
The process took around a month. But, it's now official. Beltran was introduced Monday, November 4, at Citi Field.
"Today we are thrilled to officially introduce Carlos Beltran as the new manager of the New York Mets," said Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.
Van Wagenen listed five qualities that stood out about Beltran, and ultimately led to his hiring. These attributes were poise, trustworthiness, growth mindset, commitment to winning, and understanding of players.
"I'm overwhelmed, a little bit overwhelmed by this opportunity. But at the same time, I'm excited." Beltran said while wearing his number 15 jersey (the same number he wore when he played for the Mets from 2005-2011). "Looking forward to manage this ball club. Looking forward to continue to establish relationships in this city."
Beltran continued and said he'd like to be a manager that "motivates," and he'd also like to bring positivity to the clubhouse. Beltran credited his former playing experience as a quality that will allow him to be an effective manager, especially when it comes to motivation and having difficult conversations.
There's no denying that Beltran's success as a player should allow him to gain the respect of the Mets clubhouse.
"I think we have a good ball club," Beltran said. "I'm excited with the players that we have, with the pitching staff that we have."
When asked about his past disagreements with the organization, Beltran said it was not discussed.
"It's in the past," he said. "I'm excited to be back."
Beltran accomplished so much during his time with the Mets as one of the best position players in franchise history. He will look to make his mark even bigger, and bring a World Series back to Queens.
Beltran closed before his Q&A by saying "I just can't wait to rewrite our story being the manager of the New York Mets."