Beltran won his first World Series title with Houston this season, and Astros manager A.J. Hinch credited Beltran's clubhouse presence with steadying the team during its seven-game win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"I basically said to him if there's anything I could do with this organization once I retired, I would be available", he said Wednesday after interviewing for the Yankees' open managerial position.
Late in his Hall-of-Fame caliber playing career, Carlos Beltran felt a responsibility to positively impact the kids coming up the chain. Beltran has at least one enthusiastic supporter in his court: former teammate CC Sabathia, who said (via Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record), "His baseball IQ is off the charts".
And if he were to get the job, "I don't want to be a manger that comes to the ballpark and waits for the game to start". How to motivate them, how to impact them in a way where they continue to improve.
The Yankees have already interviewed their bench coach from a year ago, Rob Thomson, former Indians and Mariners manager Eric Wedge, Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens, Dodgers third-base coach Chris Woodward, and ESPN analyst and former infielder Aaron Boone Beltran played parts of three seasons in the Bronx from 2014 to 2016, batting.270 with 56 homers and 180 RBIs. "I would love that opportunity, for sure". Experience as a manager, I don't have that.
However, he said he did not know what Brian Cashman the general manager was looking for, but if it was experience he does not have that, but added he has the passion for baseball and the knowledge of playing for such a long time. "Because honestly, the time I spent in NY was a great time, and I really enjoyed every moment". His philosophy, he said, was "communication" - fostering a positive working environment for his players, building relationships and engaging in "truthful conversations".
As for Cashman, he wouldn't discount the notion of hiring Beltran as manager when asked by ESPN's Andrew Marchand shortly after Beltran made his feelings known. Beltran also said that if he doesn't get the job, he would be interested in managing in the minor leagues. "I think that really helped me to be in the position I am right now".
"The future is bright, " Beltran said of a club that will have heavy expectations after their surprising run to Game 7 of the AL Championship Series under Joe Girardi.