Well, it seems Carlos Beltrán simply does not want to stay away from the game of baseball. Multiple sources, with Steve Phillips being first, indicated that the recently retired outfielder will interview for the Yankees managerial job.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic then reported that the interview will be Wednesday morning.
Beltrán retired after winning his only World Series ring with the Houston Astros this season. He finished his career with a .279/.350/.486 line, 435 home runs, 1,587 RBIs and 312 stolen bases. He was a 9-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glover winner and 2-time Silver Slugger winner. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1999.
The future Hall-of-Famer saw his usually steady performance dip in 2017, batting .231/.283/.383 while still mashing 14 home runs and 51 RBIs. He got just 21 plate appearances in the postseason, going 3-for-20 with two doubles. His veteran presence was far more important to the team, however.
It seemed like Beltrán was interested in managing immediately, when he told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that the Yankees job would intrigue him:
“You’re talking about the New York Yankees. You’re not just talking about any team in baseball. Not taking anything away from any other organization, but the Yankees are a team that anyone would love to put on that uniform and manage that ballclub,” Beltrán said.
He certainly seems to check the boxes of what Brian Cashman would like to see in the Yankee dugout next season. At age-40, Beltrán can easily relate to players since he was on an active roster last season. He is bilingual, and has been consistently considered a fantastic communicator with the media. Beltrán also went out of his way to have his locker next to Aaron Judge’s when they were on the same club.
The only flaw with Beltrán is that he is a coaching novice. He has always been a clubhouse guy, but that does not necessarily translate to a managerial job. He’ll have to impress in his interview to make it to the next round.
After playing in the Bronx from 2014 to 2016, we could just see Carlos Beltrán back in pinstripes in 2018. Time will tell.