The Yankees interviewed Carlos Beltran on Wednesday as a possible replacement for Joe Girardi.
After his interview, Beltran told reporters he reached out to Omar Minaya, who was GM when Beltran agreed to a seven-year deal to play for the Mets.
Beltran also praised former Mets manager Terry Collins when asked to list managers that had a a major influence on him as a player.
"I have been fortunate to play with so many good managers," said Beltran, who was traded to the Giants mid-way through Collins's first year managing the Mets in 2011. "The one that really sticks out to me is Terry Collins, for the fact that when I was playing with the Mets he was able to handle my situation."
July 24, 2011; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran (15) (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
Beltran was asked by Collins before the 2011 season to begin playing corner outfield instead of just center field, where he had previously spent the majority of his career. Beltran, who had knee surgery the previous winter, was repeatedly put in position to answer questions from reporters. However, Beltran consistently credited Collins in public for how he and the organization handled his position switch and directed him in and out of press conferences.
According to the New York Times, in advance of announcing his retirement, Beltran told Yankees GM Brian Cashman that he would have interest working for their organization.
Obviously, Carlos is a fan of TC, who would actually be an interesting option for Beltran's bench coach. I have no idea if Terry would do it, nor do I have an idea where things stand with Beltran and Sandy Alderson, ownership, and other members of the front office.
Beltran is going to be a fantastic coach, by the way. He's gracious, patient, intelligent, experienced and more or less adored by every one of his former teammates and coaches. He should eventually be a manager, no question, but he'd also be great as a hitting coach also able to coach outfielders and base runners. He's a valuable asset and I wish he were expressing interest to join the Mets, instead.
That said, it's going to be very bizarre if in five or six years -- while managing the Yankees -- Beltran is inducted in to the Hall of Fame wearing a Mets hat. That should be fun...