Carlos Beltran will interview on Wednesday for the Yankees’ managerial opening, a source confirmed, making him the sixth candidate to be considered for the job.
Beltran, 40, retired after capping his 20-year playing career by winning a World Series championship with the Astros earlier this month. But he played parts of three seasons with the Yankees from 2014 to 2016. While in the Bronx, the future Hall of Famer earned high marks for his leadership.
Beltran has not been shy about his managerial aspirations, and he’s spoken specifically about becoming Joe Girardi’s replacement, telling ESPNDeportes: “I personally think that’s a great job, a position with an incredible impact . . . It’s not every day that there are vacancies available for managing in the major leagues. Just think of this, Joe Girardi was there for 10 years. You never know, there are opportunities that God gives us, and if I get an opportunity, I will not rule it out.”
Neither did general manager Brian Cashman. As recently as last month’s GM meetings in Orlando, Cashman left the door open for discussing the opening with Beltran.
“I think we have a personal and professional relationship, so I know he has aspirations to manage,” Cashman said shortly after Beltran’s retirement.
With the Yankees, Beltran hit .270 with 56 homers and 180 RBIs, all while becoming a mentor to the likes of Aaron Judge, who was recently named American League Rookie of the Year after hitting a rookie-record 52 homers this past season.
In that regard, Beltran appears to be a fit. The Yankees announced late last month that Girardi, who was in the final year of his contract, would not return to manage the team in 2018. The split arose partly because of the club’s concerns about Girardi’s relationships with players.
“He’s had a great career, someone I respect a great deal,” Cashman said of Beltran last month. “His time with us was a benefit. That’s a future Hall of Famer there. I am aware of his interest in managing in the future and I’ll leave it at that right now.”
If Beltran were to be hired, he wouldn’t be the first Yankees manager to go straight from the playing field to the dugout. Yogi Berra retired as a Yankees player following the 1963 World Series before becoming a manager. He led the team to the pennant in 1964 though he was dismissed after a seven-game loss to the Cardinals in the World Series.
It’s unclear how many more candidates the Yankees will interview. The process has moved slowly, a trend that’s expected to continue since theirs is the only managerial vacancy in all of baseball.
The Yankees have already interviewed Girardi’s bench coach, Rob Thomson; Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens; Dodgers third-base coach Chris Woodward; one of their own former players, Aaron Boone, and former major- league manager Eric Wedge. Only Wedge has previous major-league managerial experience, doing stints with the Indians and the Mariners.
n Cashman honored
Following the Yankees’ unexpected playoff run, Baseball America on Tuesday named Cashman MLB Executive of the Year.
“Brian plays a crucial role in our success, and I’ve known for quite some time how fortunate we are to have him leading our baseball operations department,” Yankees general partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. “He cares deeply about this franchise and our fans, and he skillfully navigates the many challenges that come with holding the position he does in the media capital of the world.”
When Carlos Beltran interviews with Yankees brass on Wednesday, he’ll bring the influences of these 11 managers he played for during his 20-year major-league career:
Tony Muser, KC 1998-2002
Tony Pena, KC 2002-04
Phil Garner, Houston 2004
Willie Randolph, Mets 2005-08
Jerry Manuel, Mets 2008-10
Terry Collins, Mets 2011
Bruce Bochy, SF 2011
Mike Matheny, St. Louis 2012-13
Joe Girardi, Yankees 2014-16
Jeff Banister, Texas 2016
A.J. Hinch, Houston 2017