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Carlos Beltran: New Yankees Skipper?

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Carlos Beltran, who is sure to be a Hall of Famer, announced his retirement from the game after his team, the Houston Astros won the 2017 World Series. But normally players who announce their retirement look to take some time away from the game, but Beltran has bigger plans, much bigger than anyone cold have imagined.

The New York Yankees have a vacancy for their managerial position and they are actively searching for the right fit, and Beltran hopes his experience in the game and what he brings to the table will be enough for the Yankees to truly consider him for the job.

It is being reported that Beltran will meet with Yanks GM Brian Cashman and other Yankees executives for a Wednesday afternoon interview, as he becomes one of the candidates for the coveted position. Could he possibly be given the job without any prior experience at the helm?

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Beltran feels his experience on the field and in the clubhouse would be a benefit for the organization and its players. He recently shared his thoughts with MLB.com, “With the experience that I have in the game of baseball, the times I’ve played, different teams that I’ve played for, I’ve gotten to see different ways to do things in the clubhouse and for the players. How to motivate them, how to impact them in a way where they continue to improve. I would love that opportunity, for sure.”

Cashman agreed that Beltran would bring a lot to the table with just how he is viewed in the game by the ball players, “He had leadership qualities, no question about that. He was someone that people gravitated to in the clubhouse. I think managers, coaches or front offices could rely on him kind of directing things in a positive way, keeping the ship steered in the right direction from a player’s standpoint.”

Cashman continued, “There’s certainly a lot more aspects to the Major League manager profile that I couldn’t answer. I do know there’s an interest there, he’s played the game a long time and he’s obviously got the respect of his peers. He’s bilingual. He brings a lot to the table.”

Besides Beltran, Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge, Hensley Meulens, Aaron Boone and Chris Woodward have already interviewed for the skippers spot and Jerry Hairston Jr. is expected to be the next to meet with the Yankees.

There are some great names in that bunch that can surely lead the Yankees youth movement, but I can honestly say, I believe Beltran would lead this young team to the next level, a World Series berth in 2018. All he needs is a chance.

David Conde
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