Carlos Beltran returns to the Mets as front office manager
Beltrán said he never dreamed of becoming a coach when he was younger, but when the job was offered to him he felt responsible, as a former Puerto Rico player, to take it, to do well and to facilitate the work of others. It was reported that manager Buck Showalter, who was the 2022 National League Manager of the Year in his first season with the Mets, considered adding Beltrán to his coaching staff for that year. , but Beltrán opted to remain a commentator with the YES Network.
In his seven years as the Met, Beltrán recorded sensational numbers. He had an .869 on-base plus slugging percentage, 149 homers, 208 doubles and 100 stolen bases. He was 31.1 wins above the Mets’ replacement, according to Baseball Reference, which placed him seventh in Mets history and third among Mets position players, behind only David Wright and Darryl Strawberry.
He made five All-Star teams as the Met and came fourth in voting for the NL Most Valuable Player award in 2006, a year in which the Mets made the National League Championship Series . Many Mets fans remember Beltrán hitting while watching a wicked curveball from Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals to end Game 7 of this series in lieu of his many other accomplishments with the team.
In 2011, the Mets traded Beltrán to the San Francisco Giants for Zack Wheeler, a pitching prospect at the time. Beltrán, who created the Kansas City Royals, played six more seasons, spending time with the Cardinals, Yankees, Rangers and Astros.
In 20 years, Beltrán amassed 435 home runs, a .279/.350/.486 slant line and was considered an exceptional center back. His overall numbers are close to those of Scott Rolen, but Rolen was the only player voted into this year’s class for the Hall of Fame. Rolen received 76.3% of the vote, while Beltrán’s 46.5% put him behind Todd Helton, Billy Wagner, Andruw Jones and Gary Sheffield, all of whom had over 50%.