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.

J.D. Davis on Astros cheating

On Friday morning, J.D. Davis backpedaled some after saying in December that he wasn’t aware of any cheating that the Astros were engaging in while he was still with the organization. The power hitting corner eventually sang a different song after MLB seemed to heighten the investigation with a few different teams.

Davis told reporters that he’s “ashamed” over the cheating that took place in 2017 and referred to it as “regrettable”. J.D. also said he was “starstruck” in 2017 when he was first called up to the Astros and didn’t know what he first thought about the sign-stealing.

“Everybody that’s part of the 2017 Astros, they feel regrettable about the decision.” said the former Houston Astros prospect. He added, “Looking back as a young guy, being exposed to that in 2017 and looking back and getting a full season now, of course it’s regrettable and you feel ashamed to be apart of it.”

Davis is still slated to have a big role in the upcoming 2020 campaign as he’s been putting in extra defensive reps in the outfield as well as the corner infield.

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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.

Keith Hernandez addresses fans

Keith Hernandez recently took to Twitter after Carlos Beltrán came to the agreement with the New York Mets to step down from the managerial position just months after being hired for the job.

“Everybody, calm down. This current crisis is unfortunate to the nth degree, but not insurmountable. We have a solid team, good core of young everyday players, mixed with veterans, and a solid rotation. They have great camaraderie, spirit, a will to win, and they’re hungry.”

He then tweeted “This will all iron itself out. So sit back, enjoy life. Life is good. Stop stressing. Our season will hinge on our bullpen. Betances is a good gamble and he’s pitched in NY. Atlanta and Washington lost key offensive players. Division wide open and very competitive. So relax.”

I hate what’s going on with Beltrán (One of my favorite all-time players) but nothing else has changed about this stacked lineup, starting rotation, bullpen, as well as bench. While selecting a manager surely can’t be an easy task, he or she will at least have the 26 to 40 players that can do their jobs and win a championship in the upcoming 2020 campaign.

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Beltrán steps down as Mets manager

While it’s being reported that Carlos Beltrán is stepping down, it’s obvious that this is something the former Mets outfielder wouldn’t do if the team and/or Major League Baseball gave him the full-court press and final ultimatum.

The rumor comes from an odd source, however one that has proven to be useful as well as accurate recently in the past. Carlos Beltrán’s niece posted via Twitter a few days before the to-be hiring of Beltrán and is now tweeting that her uncle will be stepping down as New York Mets manager.

Beltrán was originally hired to take over the New York Mets’ managerial position in early November, however will never get to do so due to his involvement with the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal. Managers A.J. Hinch and Alex Cora have already lost their jobs.

Beltran has spent parts of seven seasons with the Mets before being traded to the San Francisco Giants for then Single-A pitching prospect Zack Wheeler.

Beltran hit .280/.369/.500/.869 with 208 doubles, 17 triples, 149 home runs with 559 RBI’s and 100 stolen bases to top it off. Beltran’s defense has definitely not gone unrecognized as he’s also won 3 Gold Gloves in his tenure in Flushing, Queens.

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