Carlos Beltrán hasn't been away from a baseball field for more than a couple weeks after announcing his retirement and it looks like he already wants back to the best diamond he has ever known.
It was reported on Tuesday by NY Daily News and then confirmed by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, that the nine-time All-Star will be interviewing for the manager job that was vacated by Joe Girardi with the Yankees.
Rosenthal indicated that Beltrán will be interviewing on Wednesday and to some, he is the perfect candidate to take over the job.
Soon after Girardi was not offered a new deal to stay with the New York team, General Manager Brian Cashman explained why the team had decided to let Joe go despite taking an overachieving team to the AL Championship Series and being one win away from the World Series.
“The issue and the concerns were what I alluded to earlier, which was the ability to fully engage, communicate, connect with the playing personnel.”
Beltrán instantly would solve that, as he has always been "one of the best teammates you'll ever have" on all the clubhouses he has ever been in, including the Royals, Astros, Mets, Giants, Cardinals and Yankees.
He has a knack for knowing how to talk to young players and help them in their careers, many players have talked about the type of influence Beltran has had in their careers. Players like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, George Springer and so many more.
The Yankees could actually owe Beltran for helping them bring out all the talent that is now Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge.
During the Spring of 2016, Beltrán asked for a locker next to Judge and the 20-year-veteran talked to him about everything the outfielder would need to know.
"He was incredible for me. Especially just being able to talk to him in the outfield, ask him about certain situations: 'How did you handle this? How do you handle that? What was this like?' He tried to give me first-hand knowledge. He was talking about how to handle a season. He was like, 'I've had seasons where I've started out on fire. The first two months I'm great, and then next two months, I'm terrible. He said, 'The biggest thing was that I ever panicked. I never worried because I knew my numbers were going to be there in the end."
- Aaron Judge to NJ.com
All that advice led to a ROY award and a second place finish in the AL MVP race in 2017, falling to Astros second-basemen Jose Altuve.
Many will say that Beltrán has no previous experience as a coach or manager and that should be the biggest reason not to hire him.
But, what if I tell you he does have coaching experience.
I mean... What do you think he did with the Astros in 2017?
Ok, Beltrán was the Designated Hitter, but how many times was he in the news for what he was doing on the field?
He batted for .284 with 14 home runs and had 51 RBIs. No bad at all for a 40-year-old veteran.
Now, how many times can you recall one of his teammates thanking Beltrán for some piece of advice?
A conversation even turned George Springer into a World Series MVP.
Even Judge thanked him and they weren't even on the same team.
That is the type of knowledge and leadership Beltran would bring to arguably the biggest franchise in sports.
As Rosenthal explained about Carlos "not having the experience":
"Beltran makes as much sense as other candidates like Aaron Boone and others."
I would honestly say he probably has more experience than Boone or is more prepares and we haven't even talked about Beltran being able to communicate in English and Spanish with players as a very important quality with players like Luis Severino, Sánchez, Starlin Castro and others.
Do you still have doubts about Beltrán's manager experience?
See what Sabathia had to say about his old teammate:
"When 'Los was here, he was kind of like a manager. Always talking to guys, pulling them aside — starters, relievers, hitters-, he does it all. He's a great personality. At some point he's going to be a good manager for somebody."
At 40-years-old, Beltrán will one day probably be in the Hall of Fame with lifetime numbers of .279 BA, 2,725 hits, 435 home runs and a great number of awards and achievements:
- 9× All-Star (2004–2007, 2009, 2011–2013, 2016)
- World Series champion (2017)
- 3× Gold Glove Award (2006–2008)
- 2× Silver Slugger Award (2006, 2007)
- 2× Fielding Bible Award (2006, 2008)
- AL Rookie of the Year Award (1999)
- Roberto Clemente Award (2013)
The switch-hitter has been through it all and that type of experience for active players is like a gold mine.
Beltrán is one of the smartest baseball players you will ever meet and if the Yankees are smart, they will give the Puerto Rico native a real good look.
He might be exactly what they need to win number 28.