Carlos Beltran, who played seven seasons with the team as part of his Hall of Fame resume, emerged Friday as general manager Brodie Van Wagenen’s choice to replace Mickey Callaway, industry sources confirmed.
The 42-year-old Beltran beat out remaining finalists Eduardo Perez and Derek Shelton and is expected to be introduced at a Citi Field press conference next week.
Beltran’s hiring signifies a shift in organizational philosophy, away from established coaches and former managers in favor of a communicator who will collaborate with the front office. In a similar move, the Yankees reached into the broadcast booth two years ago to hire Aaron Boone, who lacked previous experience.
Callaway was dismissed with one year remaining on his contract, following an 86-76 season that concluded with the Mets third in the NL East after a spirited surge in the second half to remain in wildcard contention until the final week.
Van Wagenen had spent the last month interviewing candidates, most of whom lacked previous MLB managing experience. Most notably, Van Wagenen met twice with Joe Girardi, who ultimately was bypassed and signed a three-year deal to manage the Phillies.
Beltran spent this season as a special assistant to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman after interviewing for the team’s managerial position that went to Boone two years ago. Beltran indicated last month that he declined opportunities to interview for other managerial openings because he wanted to focus on the Mets vacancy.
Perez an ESPN analyst, whose father Tony starred for the Big Red Machine teams of the 1970s and is enshrined in the Hall of Fame, was an intriguing outside the box candidate to team officials, according to sources. Shelton, the Twins bench coach, has been linked to the Pirates, who are left with the Giants in seeking a new manager.
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