Well, that didn’t take long.
On the same day Carlos Beltran announced that he’s finished as a player, he told MLB.com in his first interview after announcing his retirement that he’s open to managing — and it just so happens that one of his former teams, the Yankees, has an opening.
“I had the opportunity to play with the Yankees for three years and I enjoyed myself, big-time. I appreciated the way I was treated; my family, the relationship with Brian,” Beltran said, referring to GM Brian Cashman. “I don’t know what they’re looking for. Experience as a manager, I don’t have that. But I have the passion for the game, I have the knowledge of being able to play the game for a long time. I get along well with the players, with my teammates; I’ve always taken that to heart, trying to impact my teammates in a positive way.
“I would not discount anything; 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.”
The reported characteristics on Cashman’s wish list: a manager who can relate to players (that was a knock on Joe Giardi), deal well with the New York media (having played for the Mets and Yankees, Beltran aces that) and work with the front office and the analytics department.
“I don’t see teams winning these days without analytics; it’s a huge part of baseball,” Beltran said. “The human factor of the game is important, but analytics will position players to be more consistent making plays or helping pitchers attack hitters where it’s not a guessing mode, but in advantage mode. It’s valuable information.”