Could Beltran be back in the mix?

The Detroit Tigers have just announced that they’ve hired former manager of the Houston Astros A.J. Hinch to lead and manage the club going forward. Detroit wasn’t the only team in on Hinch either, as the White Sox have publicly acknowledged.

There’s also rumors swirling around that while the Boston Red Sox are interviewing candidates for the managerial position, Alex Cora hasn’t been fully ruled out and could potentially be the front runner.

This leads me to Carlos Beltran. If these other two disgraced managers are reapplying for identical positions from which they were fired and suspended, what’s stopping Beltran?

While Detroit is a great and popular city in the Mid-West region of the states, they seem to be a hockey and football city over baseball. This gives Hinch an opportunity to lay low a bit while trying to help rebuild and mold a bottom of the division type team.

However, Alex Cora might jump right back into the fire as he’s highly being considered to rejoin his old team, the Boston Red Sox. Now it’s no secret that Boston has a lot of similarities with New York, especially in pertains to sports media. Cora will not have the same luxury as Hinch in Detroit.

All this being said, why aren’t the Mets considering bringing back potential Hall of Fame centerfielder Carlos Beltran to take the helms once again. Of course, he never really led the team in the first place, as he was fired before he could ever take the field as the team’s manager.

Beltran did everything to win the job the first time around and there’s no reason on why he wouldn’t be able to do it again. Now, I’m not saying to just immediately sign him up and start the press conference. But with Cohen about to take over ownership and Sandy Alderson set to control the front office, the on-field staff and coaching crew will be heavily reevaluated.

I don’t know where Luis Rojas fits into that equation however since Alderson has worked for the Mets along with Rojas in the past, Rojas may be given another season to prove his coaching abilities.

If he falters for whatever reason, I expect Carlos Beltran to be one of the lead candidates to fill that vacated position. But time will tell and we still have a bit of it left to go.

OTD in Mets History: Cora joins Beltrán

Born on this date: Wayne Kirby (1964)

Died on this date: Tommie Agee (2001)

Transactions:

New York Mets trade Mark Carreon and Tony Castillo to the Detroit Tigers for Paul Gibson and Randy Marshall in 1992.

New York Mets trade Yudith Ozario, Erik Hiljus, and Eric Ludwick to the St. Louis Cardinals for Bernard Gilkey in 1996.

New York Mets sign free agent infielder Alex Cora, previously of the Boston Red Sox, in 2009.

New York Mets trade Brian Stokes to the Los Angeles Angels for Gary Matthews jr. in 2010.

New York Mets sign free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes in 2016.

New York Mets sign free agent reliever Antonio Bastardo, previously of the Pittsburgh Pirates, in 2016.

Joey Cora emerges as bench coach candidate

Jon Heyman is reporting that Joey Cora, brother of Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, is being considered for the New York Mets bench coach position. Cora is known to have ties to both Omar Minaya as well as the newly anointed manager, Carlos Beltrán.

This is quite definitely an interesting name to have pop up next to Beltrán’s, considering MLB is holding an investigation on both managers with the potential involvement in the electronic sign stealing and cheating as part of the Houston Astros championship 2017 season. However, Beltrán firmly stated that he had no participation in any cheating or even was aware that it was taking place.

Cora served as the Pittsburgh Pirates third base coach during the 2019 campaign and even had an interview for Pittsburgh’s managerial vacancy during this current offseason.

While Heyman is suggesting that Joey Cora is now a strong candidate for the open position, other potential candidates include Jerry Narron and Fredi Gonzalez.