On a beautiful Monday October morning at Citi Field the New York Mets introduced Carlos Beltran as the manager of the club replacing Mickey Callaway. Beltran will become the 10th person to play for and manage for the team. Everyone is excited to see if Beltran will be the one to help lead the club to a Postseason and capture that elusive championship.
Beltran has had a career that is potentially worthy of a call to the Hall of Fame with 435 home runs and 312 steals to go along with winning the American League Rookie of the Year in 1999 when with the Kansas City Royals. Other awards for Beltran include being named to nine All-Star Games, and won three Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, along with two Silver Slugger Awards. Beltrán was the fifth player to reach both 400 home runs and 300 stolen bases and just the fourth switch hitter with 400 home runs. He has the highest success rate in stealing bases (88.3%) of any major league player with 300 or more career attempts. He is also a member of the 30–30 club, as he has hit 30 Home Runs and stole 30 bases in the same season.
During his playing time Beltran got to experience time with both the Yankees and the Mets and was last seen serving as a Special Advisor to the Bronx Bombers after winning a World Championship in 2017. Now Beltran will have a chance to see what it is like to be a manager and make these stressful decisions that are so frequently debated about in most Mets fans daily conversation.
1495 Sports is proud to bring the following video that shows more from the Press Conference held at Citi Field today welcoming Carlos Beltran to the team:
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