NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Carlos Beltran is back in blue and orange!
Beltran was officially introduced as the 22nd manager of the New York Mets on Monday, replacing Mickey Callaway, who was fired last month after failing to lead the team to the playoffs in his two seasons at the helm.
General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Beltran will be a players' manager.
"Carlos has an extremely high baseball IQ, he has an appetite to collaborate and he is a mentor and he is a communicator," Van Wagenen said during the introduction ceremony at Citi Field. "Fromt he 25th man on the roster to the first, from our veteran players to our minor league prospects he cares about improving each player in that clubhouse."
The 42-year-old Beltran, who played for the Mets from 2005-11, becomes the first Latino manager in Mets history.
"I feel thankful for this opportunity," Beltran said, as he put ont he Mets uniform once again. "I'm very blessed to be standing up here as the new manager of the New York Mets. I'm a little bit overwhelmed by this opportunity but at the same time I'm excited to manage this ball club, looking forward to continue established relationships in this city."
Beltran said he wants to be a manager who motivates his players and brings a positive environment to the clubhouse and is there for the team in the good times and bad.
Over his 20-year major league career, Beltran won the Rookie of the Year award, three Gold Gloves, two Silver Sluggers and was named to nine All-Star games, five of which were with the Mets.
His playing career ended two years ago and had been a special adviser to the New York Yankees.
Over their monthlong search, Van Wagenen said they considered, vetted and interviewed a large group of highly-qualified candidates with diverse skill sets and background.
While Beltran has no managerial experience, Van Wagenen said there were five things that made him stand out throughout the hiring process — he's poised, is trustworthy, has a growth mindset, is committed to beating his opponent, and has an unrivaled appreciation and understanding of players.
"Carlos's experience combined with his personal attributes will give him instant credibility in our clubhouse with the players, it will give him instant relatability to the players in our clubhouse," Van Wagenen said. "Carlos has lived what our players are living right now, Carlos has traveled where our players hope to travel over the course of their careers, he has faced and he has overcome adversity amidst the highest of high expectations and the most intense pressure in sports."
Beltran has been signed to a three-year managerial contract with a fourth-year club option.