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Carlos Beltran Wants To Be A Met, Not A Yankee

After Carlos Beltran had his epic 2004 ALCS for the Houston Astros, he was a free agent. As a player who grew up idolizing fellow Puerto Rican Bernie Williams, Beltran had longed to wear the pinstripes. Partially due to Williams’ presence, the Yankees never seriously pursued him.

Omar Minaya and the Mets did, and it would lead to Beltran signing a seven year $119 million deal with the team. As a result, Beltran would wear pinstripes in New York. It was just a different color and borough than he dreamed.

This was the first of a series of things a certain portion of Mets fans found to be unforgivable.

Other factors were his first year struggles. The strikeout against Adam Wainwright. The knee surgery. There’s more including the collapses.

Beltran would eventually get his wish sighing with the Yankees after the 2013 season. He’d return to Houston in 2017, and in his final season, the future Hall of Famer retired with a ring.

After his retirement, he’d interview for the managerial position left vacant when the Yankees opted to not renew Joe Girardi‘s contract. When he didn’t get it, he’d join the Yankees as a Special Advisor to Brian Cashman.

Now, Beltran is looking to do what his former manager, Willie Randolph, did. He wants to leave the Yankees to become the Mets manager. For some Mets fans, despite his growing up a Mets fan and his playing a year with the team, there was a contingent who saw Randolph as a Yankee, and they never wanted him or gave him a chance.

But Beltran? Well, he is a Met. If he has his druthers, he’ll be a Met again.

According to reports, Beltran doesn’t just want to be a manager. He wants to be the Mets manager. Suddenly, the guy who wanted to be a Yankee wants to leave that franchise to be a Met.

With that, hopefully those who couldn’t forgive Beltran for wanting to be a Yankee can now forgive him for wanting to be a Met. Also, if Beltran does the same thing with the Mets he did when he returned to Houston, perhaps those who can’t forgive the strikeout can find it in their hearts to forgive him.

No matter what the case, we see Beltran once again wants to be a Met. It nothing else, it will be great to see once of the greatest players in Mets history return home. Hopefully, this will lead to Beltran following in Tom Seaver‘s and Mike Piazza‘s footsteps in wearing a Mets cap on his Hall of Fame plaque.

If that happens, well, even if he returns to the Yankees, Beltran will forever be a Met.

6 thoughts on “Carlos Beltran Wants To Be A Met, Not A Yankee”

  1. David Klein says:

    Kapler getting interviews with the Giants and Cubs yet Callaway not getting interviews for manager with anyone no surprise there. I’m sure you’ll blame everyone else

    1. Blair M. Schirmer says:

      Funny, isn’t it? After leaving the Wilpon Mets, Terry Collins got no offers. Jerry Manuel got no offers. Willie Randolph got no offers. Art Howe got no offers. And now, Mickey Callaway is getting no offers.

      It’s almost as if the Wilpons intentionally hire mediocrities or incompetents who are either eager for their first gig or are no longer sought by other organizations and will accept the strictures placed on them by a chronically meddling ownership and an idiot son who wants to play GM and manager but has never bothered to learn even the basics.

      I’m sure the next manager will also have an eagerness to “learn on the job” and this will be trumpeted as a positive–not that he doesn’t know what the job requires in the first place, but that he’s “open to new ideas.” Hey, it’s not impossible that some day van Wagenen will “learn on the job.” He has “room to grow.” A “willingness to learn.” At least, as a Mets fan, I’ve learned how autopsies are conducted.

  2. Blair M. Schirmer says:

    It would be beyond ridiculous for Carlos Beltran to manage the Mets.

    It would be even worse than the Callaway hiring at the time that happened, when a pitching coach who had some luck after inheriting some tremendous arms in Cleveland but had no experience in the NL, was thrown in obviously over his head. Why has no one pointed out that guys like Scott Kazmir had to leave Callaway’s tutelage in order to blossom with the A’s? And had people who applauded Callaway’s move to the Mets actually listened to Callaway *talk* at any point? Did they even listen carefully, at all, after he was hired by the Mets and had to actually *talk* about the details of managing? A more pedestrian, a more ordinary mind would be difficult to imagine.

    Beltran is the same. He never says anything that suggests a deep insight into the game. Like Callaway, Betran’s speech is cliche, truism, banality, and reiteration knitted together with conjunctions.

    I don’t care about the at-bat against Wainwright. Wainwright threw an hellacious pitch, and when that happens baseballs are essentially impossible to hit. I don’t care, either, that Beltran was better on the Mets than he was on the Astros–that’s irrelevant to whether he’ll be a good manager. It has nothing to do with managing. Is he going to win a game from the dugoout in 2020 because his WAR on the Mets was a bit better than it was on the Astros? Are teams going to give up and go home after 7 innings because Betran should go into the Hall of Fame, on the first ballot, and with a Mets cap?

    If Beltran was serious he’d have parlayed his celebrity into a minor league manager’s gig. Guys like him can often vault over the years grinding in rookie ball, low A, A ball, even AA, and learn the ropes in 2-3 years in AAA. **Learn how to manage.** Instead he wants his admittedly splendid ability to turn on a baseball, and his ability when he was in his 20s and early 30s to run after baseballs, into a prestige slot he hasn’t come close to earning.

    I thought he was a terrific signing when the Mets got him. Over his 7 years he delivered, about as much as you can expect from a FA you ink into his mid30s. But that doesn’t matter. That’s not going to turn him into a good manager, a job for which he has no experience at all. And, no, his claim that watching games from the dugout means he’s ready, does not count. It’s not a resume item any more than when the Mets hoped Gregg Jeffries could learn to play 2B by watching from 3B.

    If someone thinks this is a good idea, I’d ask them to link to the interview with Beltran or his commentary somewhere that showed his deep insight into the game–where he showed even in just a few hundred words how, when he thinks, he knits together the performance of an individual player in a specific context, with the needs of a team, and in the context of a month, or a season–the kind of thing every manager has to think about constantly. Where’s that moment, just one, where Beltran shows he’s thinking on the multiple levels all good managers think on? Callaway never had these moments. I don’t think Beltran does, either. It’s not that Beltran’s not capable of it, but it’s a kind of thinking that if you don’t do by the age of 40, you’re going to have to spend some years learning how to do.

    “Learning on the job” is not acceptable for a team that should have its pick of candidates and whose window is likely to firmly close for a few years beginning with the 2021 season. As for Beltran, he doesn’t deserve even a courtesy interview. That’s for guys who have worked hard to master the prerequisites of a position and have shown a real aptitude for the position. Beltran has done neither.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I don’t get the Kazmir part of the Callaway criticism when it was Callaway who helped save his career.

      1. Blair M. Schirmer says:

        I used Kazmir in a simile, hence the use of the word “like.” The point was about Kazmir in the much larger context of the Indians’ performance in the 5 years Callaway was pitching coach there, and that the applause Callaway got was based on only the most superficial glance at his supervision. Among the things never asked were, Why was the Indians starting pitching so poor in 2014, for example? Why did Josh Tomlin never evolve under Callaway? Why did Danny Salazar never manage any sort of lasting durability?

        fwiw Callaway had little to do with _saving_ Kazmir’s career. He just happened to be the Indians pitching coach when Kazmir pitched for them three years into his recovery from “ruined arm syndrome.” Guys get hurt. They get surgery. This miss a year or three. They come back, especially guys who at one point were right around the top of the game. In any case, Kazmir was a great bet after 2013 to continue to pitch like he had with the Rays through 2008. You’d think the genius pitching coach who understood his charges might have persuaded Shapiro to resign Kazmir for the 7m he got from frugal Oakland–particularly to a promising plus-.500 Indians team with plenty of payroll room and in dire need of short-term bridges to their crop of pitchers coming up through the minors.

        In any case, Beltran doesn’t even have Callaway’s resume. Unless we’re going to count watching, as coaching.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          It simply amazes me the lengths people go to refuse to give Callaway credit for anything he accomplishes.

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