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Mets to hire Carlos Beltran as their next manager, per report

MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers
Sep 25, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) smiles after the benches clear during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports
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Ever since the Mets dismissed manager Mickey Callaway, the topic of who was going to replace him has been a hot one. While, in a lot of ways, the Mets under Callaway underperformed expectations given the number of offseason moves they made after the 2018 season, there is are things to like about the team. Pete Alonso has quickly blossomed into one of the premier power hitters in all of baseball as a rookie and they still have a pitching staff loaded with potential.

Over the last couple of days, it was reported that the Mets had narrowed their search to two former players in Eduardo Perez and Carlos Beltran. Now, it looks like Beltran won the job.

Beltran has been long thought of as eventually finding a spot in the major leagues as a coach and his relationship with the Mets organization very likely helped his candidacy. In addition to being well thought of in baseball circles, Beltran has had multiple stints in dealing with New York as a media market and he played for the Mets from 2005 to 2011.

Beltran has been mentioned as a managerial candidate in New York before, but it wasn’t with the Mets. After a lengthy and productive major league career, Beltran interviewed for the Yankees’ open manager spot after the 2017 that ultimately went to Aaron Boone. The Yankees did, however, bring him on as a special adviser to general manager Brian Cashman the following season.