SOURCE: Carlos Beltran will be named the Mets next manager. Terry Collins will be his bench coach @MetsMerized— Jack Ramsey: Missing Baseball (@jackramseyy) November 1, 2019
This concludes a managerial search that started on October 3rd when Mickey Callaway was relieved of his duties. The Mets had narrowed it down to two candidates before the final decision: the aforementioned Beltran and ESPN Deportes analyst Eduardo Perez.
"Carlos Beltran has the ability to be one of the greatest of all time, like he was as a player" - Ron Darling on SNY— The 7 Line (@The7Line) November 1, 2019
The choice to go with Carlos is an intriguing one. While his history as a player needs no mention, this will be Beltrán’s first foray into managing at any capacity. In 2018, he served as a special advisor to Yankees GM Brian Cashman.
The Mets front office hopes Beltrán follows the likes of Alex Cora and Aaron Boone as former players who become successful first-time managers. And while adding Terry’s wisdom and experience certainly helps hedge the bet, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen is taking a major risk here. He had the chance to hire successful, proven managers such as Joe Girardi or Buck Showalter for a team that needs to win now, and yet he’s chosen to tie his legacy to a first-timer.
But what’s done is done. Carlos and Terry should be coming back to Queens and it’s time to focus on 2020. Let’s Go Mets!
What do you think of Carlos Beltran being named the next Mets manager?— The 7 Line (@The7Line) November 1, 2019
If you're hitting the final home game on Thursday at Citi Field, swing by the Marina Lot to see some friends, maybe meet some new ones, and responsibly wash down your sorrows before heading inside.