The New York Mets have named Carlos Beltran, an ex-major-leaguer as their new manger after nearly a month long search, announced the team on Friday.
In a statement, General Manager, Brodie Van Wagenen thanked the ownership group and Jeff Wilpon for the support they offered as the Mets worked through the managerial selection process. The team is extremely excited to have Beltran on board as their next manager as well as to re-introduce him to the fans of Mets in the coming week, Wagenen further said.
Previously, on Friday, a report said that Eduardo Perez, a big leaguer and Beltran both were the two finalists shortlisted for the job.
Beltran was among the best leaguer of his epoch, and has spent 7 seasons of his overall 20 seasons along with Mets. He has never been a manager before. However, he did interview for the managerial opening of the Yankees before Aaron Boone’s hiring. Since previous year, Beltran has served as one special advisor to Brain Cashman, GM of Yankees. And now, this selection makes Beltran the 22nd manager of the Mets’ franchise.
Notably, hiring managers sans any previous experience has become like a trend over the past couple of years, dating back to Cardinals hiring Mile Matheny as their manager before 2012 season.