The New York Mets brought back Carlos Beltran this offseason about three years after parting ways with him as the skipper. After the dust around the 2017 Houston Astros cheating scandal cleared, it looked like Beltran was getting punished the most.
A.J. Hinch and Alex Cora have been able to resume their duties as managers of the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox. Beltran’s redemption arc began last season when he was a game analyst for the New York Yankees on the YES Network. Less than a year later, he left for the Mets with a spot in the front office.
Many wondered what Beltran’s title would be. The Mets have made it official. He’ll be a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler.
The Mets have named Carlos Beltran a special assistant to the GM
Exactly what functions are in this job description? We’ll have to wait and see the types of assignments he gets from Eppler. He’ll surely be an ambassador for the team. Both locally and internationally, he’s a name people in the baseball world know.
The duties of a special assistant to the general manager are probably not much different than an assistant general manager. It really depends on your source. Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute see things differently.
The previous Mets regime believed in Beltran enough to make him a manager. It’s a position we shouldn’t rule out in the future for him. Whether it’s with the Mets or another organization, Beltran spent two decades as one of the most respected players in the game. Having already been punished as much as everyone else involved with the Astros, the statute seems to have completely passed on holding him back from contributing in the majors.
Beltran found out last month he wouldn’t be going into Cooperstown. After receiving 46.5% of the vote in his first year on the ballot, it does seem like the nine-time All-Star has a few voters out there still willing to punish him a little more.
Getting back into baseball and working with the Mets can only benefit him on any future ballots. Voters often turn around from their initial thoughts. We’ll have our chance to celebrate his playing career. Until then, he’ll have Billy’s back as the assistant to the general manager.