Count Carlos Beltran among the former teammates of Alex Rodriguez who think the retired slugger is a contender to be the next Yankees manager.
“If he’s capable of committing to the team, yes,” Beltran told us at Natural History Museum, where the nonprofit organization Delivering Goods was hosting their annual gala. Earlier this week, pitcher CC Sabathia got baseball fans talking when he suggested Rodriguez would be a good candidate to fill the gig left open when Joe Girardi was canned three weeks ago.
“He’s got the knowledge, he’s got the capability, he played the game for a long time,” Beltran said. “He loved to talk about the game of baseball.”
Beltran and A-Rod were Yankee teammates from 2014 to 2016, though Rodriguez sat out their first season together due to a suspension for performance enhancing drugs. A-Rod spent last season as a $ 21-million adviser to the Yankees and has caught on as a popular broadcaster for Fox Sports.
The buzz about A-Rod managing the Bronx Bombers is getting louder.
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“He’s very busy with his life so it will be interesting to see what happens,” Beltran said.
Beltran, who turned 40 in April, isn’t sure what the future holds for him.
“I will be making the decision in a week from now,” he said. “At the end of the day it’s not a difficult decision. Should I go traveling one more year or I decide to stay home.”
The veteran outfielder won’t make that decision alone.
“I want to talk to my wife, to my kids, let them know what I’m thinking and what they think and basically we’re going to make a family decision,” he said. “I spend a lot of time away from home, from my kids, from my wife and I have a 10 year old, a six year old and a 2 year old boy. I turned 40. To what point am I going to play this game. I’m very fortunate, very grateful to play this game for such a long time.”
Alex Rodriguez celebrates with Carlos Beltran after hitting a two run homer when the two were teammates.
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Beltran, who was also a Met from 2005 to 2011, finally won a World Series ring last week as a Houston Astro.
“I only waited 20 years to get to this position, but it’s worth it,” he said.