STAMFORD, Conn. – Carlos Beltran should be the Yankees’ next manager.
Aside from his lack of experience, Beltran, 40, checks all the boxes Brian Cashman is looking for.
He’s a strong communicator, a leader both on and off the field. He understands today’s clubhouse culture, while also possessing the ability to speak both English and Spanish, which would continue to make him a great mentor to the influx of Latin players wearing pinstripes.
He’s also succeeded at the highest level while playing and dealing with the media in New York. Plus, you can bet he’d be a significant asset in any free-agent recruiting process.
“I don’t want to be a manager that just comes to the ballpark and waits for the game to start,” said Beltran, who was thought to be very impressive in his interview with team brass. “I want to be a proactive manager that interacts with the players and is always bringing something to the table for them.”
CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez both recently endorsed Beltran, who interviewed for the team’s managerial vacancy on Wednesday.
Carlos Beltran has just about everything Brian Cashman is looking for in his next manager.
“His baseball IQ is off the charts,” Sabathia said.
Aaron Judge, the team’s franchise player, has referred to how much Beltran helped him in getting acclimated to the majors dating back to spring training in 2016.
“He’s a guy, the future of the organization, and I feel like I’ll help him,” Beltran said before Judge morphed into a 52-homer monster at the plate. “When I was growing up and in the big leagues the first year, I had some veteran guys who took care of me, helped me, along the way.
“The game of baseball is not about what you can do for yourself – I know what I can do for me – but about trying to impact younger guys. I take pride in that.”
Late in his career, Beltran found himself DH’ing more and seeing the game from a different angle on the bench, while essentially serving as a player-coach. You can imagine the daily impact he could have on guys like Judge, Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres.
He’d certainly be a home run hire with the fanbase, if the mostly positive reaction to his candidacy on Twitter is any indication.
As mentioned, the biggest thing working against Beltran is his inexperience and the fact he just retired. But given that Cashman decided to change managers after Joe Girardi led the team within a win of the World Series, bringing in Beltran as his replacement doesn’t seem so far-fetched.
He’d need an experienced bench coach, but Beltran acknowledged just that on Wednesday while noting the importance of analytics, something the Bombers have been intent on incorporating into their strategy.
Carlos Beltran retires from baseball after helping Astros to World Series title.
(David J. Phillip/AP)
Regardless, if the Yankees do go with someone like Aaron Boone or Hensley Meulens, intriguing candidates in their own right, they should still look to keep someone as valuable as Beltran around in another capacity, whether that be on the coaching staff or in a front office advisory role a la A-Rod.
But why not give Beltran a shot?
The game has evolved, as has the managerial position. It has also become more diverse, as should the managerial position.
Naming the Puerto-Rican born Beltran as manager would be a proud moment for the franchise. And it would be fascinating to see if he someone as accomplished as he could get the Yankees over the top.