The Yankees interviewed Carlos Beltran as a potential manager

Hope Soto
November 30, 2017

Get ready to add a new name to the New York Yankees managerial mix: Carlos Beltran.

Beltran will become the sixth candidate to be interviewed by the Yankees for the opening, joining New York's bench coach Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge the former Mariners and Indians manager, Hensley Meulens the bench coach for the San Francisco Giants, Chris Woodward the third base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Aaron Boone a former player and current analyst with ESPN. Beltran said he first heard from Cashman three days ago about interviewing for the job, although he floated the idea of returning to the organization while he was still playing.

General manager Brian Cashman considers Beltran a friend and has mentioned that the past two Yankees managers, Joe Girardi and Joe Torre, basically went from playing to managing.

Beltran, 40, is no stranger to the Bronx. They talked baseball, he outlined his plan for the team, and he later told reporters that despite his lack of managerial experience, there were things that made him a strong candidate. Then again, there have been plenty of young managers hired across baseball, and given the Yankees' young core, hiring Beltran - who would be able to relate to the modern player - would make a lot of sense, too. He knows numerous current players on the Yankees roster from when he played with the club including Aaron Judge the Rookie of the Year and runner up for MVP in the American League. "I want to be a proactive manager that interacts with the players and is always bringing something to the table for the players".

"Honestly, I got very excited because it wasn't something I was expected this soon", Beltran said.

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Before interviewing, Beltran spoke to ex-Mets GM Omar Minaya, asking what types of questions he should expect.

"I thought that I was going to be able to spend a little time with the family, but the fact that I got the call to be interviewed, this is something that you can not turn away from it, because these type of opportunities, especially the one with the Yankees, they don't come very often".

Beltran said that having a veteran bench coach on staff, preferably one who has managed in the big leagues, could offset his inexperience.

"All, there are zero excuses for what I said earlier", he wrote on his Twitter feed. "I would love that opportunity, for sure". I would love to manage.

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