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November 2, 2019
No one in baseball knows Carlos Beltran better than Red Sox manager Alex Cora.
Both men grew up in Puerto Rico, becoming close friends. They were teammates on the 2009-10 Mets. They won a World Series together with the Astros in 2017, Beltran’s final year in the majors, when Cora was the bench coach for Houston.
Beltran, 42, and Cora, 44, have spent a lot of time talking recently, with Beltran picking the brain of Cora, who won a World Series with the Red Sox in 2018, his first year as manager. (READ MORE) by Kevin Kernan | NY Post
In hiring Carlos Beltran to guide their fortunes next year, the Mets hierarchy once again out-thought themselves by going “outside-the-box” for someone who had never managed anywhere before.
We saw this coming when the three reported finalists for the job were Beltran, ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez (whose sole managing experience is comprised of two seasons in the Puerto Rican winter league) and Twins bench coach Derek Shelton (who managed the Yankees’ Rookie League team in Staten Island 18 years ago), and now the message to their players is clear: When it comes to the X’s and O’s of lineup composition, in-game strategy and pitching moves, not to worry. That’ll all be taken care of by the analytics folks upstairs. (READ MORE) by
The New York Mets have hired former All-Star Carlos Beltran as their new manager, the team announced Friday evening.
Beltran’s deal is for three years with an option for a fourth season. A news conference is planned for Monday.
A nine-time All-Star during 20 major league seasons, Beltran played for the Mets from 2005 to 2011. This will be his first job as a major league manager. (READ MORE) by ESPN