Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Report: Carlos Beltran Interested in Managing Following His Playing Career



Despite having just turned 39, Carlos Beltran has looked far from finished in 2016, slashing .265/.292/.485 with four home runs in his first 72 PAs. That hasn’t stopped him from considering what happens when his playing days are over. Beltran recently told Andrew Marchand of ESPN that he aspires to be a major league manager when he finally hangs up his cleats. Beltran is one of the most respected members of the Yankees clubhouse and has been enthusiastic when it comes to mentoring the younger members of the team.

 One story that stuck out this spring was Beltran requesting a locker next to top prospect Aaron Judge, the heir apparent in right field in 2017 with Carlos expected to depart following the season. Some players might feel threatened by a young player who is openly threatening their job security, but Beltran made the classy move of embracing it and attempting to impart his knowledge to the minor leaguer. 

 This is the first I’ve heard of Beltran wanting to manage, but it seems like he’d be a great fit. He told Marchand he’d be more of a “players’ manager,” stressing the importance of communication and the lessons he’s learned in his almost 20 years of MLB experience. He cited Terry Collins and Joe Girardi as potential influences for his managing style.

 With the season he’s having thus far, it’s likely that teams will have to wait a season or two before looking at him as an option at manager. Even in his age 40 and 41 seasons, Beltran seems like a good bet to find a job with an AL club at DH if he continues to hit like this.

 Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America

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