The news can come in multiple forms and on what is a rainy Thursday afternoon in Queens, New York, the New York Mets had lots of news to share.
As pitchers and catchers are currently down in Florida, preparing for what will be a fascinating 2023 season, the franchise announced that they were able to add Carlos Beltran as a special assistant to the General Manager Billy Eppler.
Beltran, who is no stranger to Queens, played with the franchise from the 2005-2011 season. Carlos is thought of as one of the best to have worn the Mets uniform, as he ranks sixth on the club’s all-time list in home runs (149), RBI (559), extra-base hits (374) and OPS (.869), while also ranking seventh in slugging (.500) and eighth in runs (551) and OBP (.369).
“Carlos had an exceptional playing career, including several special years here in Queens,” Eppler said. “I’ve known Carlos for many years, and I’m excited to add his unique perspective to our Baseball Operations team.”
Beltran has himself an impressive resume as he is a nine-time All-Star, a three-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner, a two-time Louisville Silver Slugger and was the 1999 American League Rookie of the Year. Carlos brings a 20-year playing career with him to the Front Office and the team hopes his keen eye and attention to detail will be something that will help propel them to the next level.
Then there was also some sad news in the world of Major League Baseball, as the heavens opened up and with rain hitting the New York City Area, it has been announced that one of the greats in the world of sports announcing in Tim McCarver passed away.
McCarver, who passed at the age of 81, has had an outstanding Major League Baseball career both on the field and later on in the booth as a broadcaster.
There were many accolades that McCarver has been able to win thanks to his outstanding career, but the thing that he was known for the most is the fact that he was able to make the game of baseball simple for those fans who were watching at home.
The loss is one that is felt by the Mets as an organization as he had at one point served as a play-by-play voice for the team.
The organization had this statement on the passing of McCarver, “We are saddened to learn of the passing today of Tim McCarver, who for 16 years in the television booth gave Mets fans an insightful, humorous and knowledgeable behind the scenes look into the game of baseball. Tim drew on his 21-year career as a catcher to give viewers a unique opinion on what went on between the lines. We send our condolences to his daughters, Kathy and Kelley, and the rest of the McCarver family.”
There will be a ton more news for the Mets as the march towards the 2023 season has now begun. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to 1495Sports as we hope to have coverage of the team as the year progresses.
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