Breaking down the Yankees' managerial candidates: Carlos Beltran

Add Carlos Beltran to the list of candidates to fill the role of next Yankees manager.  Per Steve Phillips this morning, Carlos Beltran will be the sixth person to interview for the position, following the initial round of interviews with Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge, Hensley Meulens, Aaron Boone and Chris Woodward.

Photo Credit: Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger

Beltran, who played for New York between 2014 and 2016 before being shipped to Texas for Dillon Tate at the 2016 Trade Deadline, recently retired after winning his first World Series title with the Houston Astros.  He immediately expressed interest in one day assuming a managerial role, but it's fair to say nobody expected he'd throw his hat into the ring so soon after retirement.

MLB Network's Jim Bowden recently broke news that the Yankees were gearing up for the next wave of interviews, and Beltran's name is the first to come up.

Just earlier this month, it was reported that Beltran wasn't a serious contender for the manger position, but that has seemingly changed this week.  Either the Yankees weren't blown away with their first round of interviewees, or perhaps something Beltran said or did of late changed their perspective and warranted bringing him in for an interview.  

In a text message to the New York Post's Joel Sherman two week ago about a conversation he had with Brian Cashman, Beltran explained his interest in the position, stating "I explained I'm committed to be back in the game in a role that I can be an impact.  I believe the best use of my time and knowledge is in a managerial position. I have a lot to offer but I'm enjoying my time with the family.  I'm not in a rush!".

Perhaps not. Both Sherman and Ken Rosenthal are reporting that Beltran's interview will take place tomorrow (11/28).

Beltran is widely viewed as a strong mentor with a brilliant baseball mind, but it appeared that he would table his pursuit of being a manager for a year or two down the road.  Beltran's ability to communicate with both English and Spanish speaking players is certainly a plus, as is his existing relationship with some of New York's young core.

Both Boone and Meulens were said to have 'aced' their interviews, and I can't imagine Beltran doesn't immediately join those two as front runners for the position if he is in fact committed to this role so soon into his retirement.

Article by: Andrew Natalizio


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