Every manager in MLB has their own style of leading their ballclub, and the Mets' new manager in Carlos Beltran already knows how he'll be doing that in his first season next year.
Beltran was officially introduced as the Mets' 22nd manager in franchise history on Monday, as he donned his No. 15 jersey once again. Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen introduced Beltran as someone who brings tremendous amounts of experience after 20 seasons playing in the league, and his impact was felt on and off the field.
Through those seasons, Beltran admitted he would think about the type of manager he'd want to be based off his experiences with players and coaches.
"Like Brodie said, I was able to go through a lot of places and learn from different organizations and a lot of times I asked myself before I got to this point, 'What kind of manager (do) I want to become?,' " Beltran explained. "I want to become a manager that motivates my players to play at a high level. I want to be a manager that brings [positivity] to the clubhouse, a positive environment that allows [players] to show up every single day with the mentality to win ballgames. I did that as a player, I took a lot of pride into being a good teammate. Being a manager won't change [that] at all."
Beltran added that he was able to "have those tough conversations" with his teammates when he needed to be the leader in the clubhouse. Those experiences will certainly translate in his managerial philosophy.
In today's game, having a manager that is able to relate to players is crucial, so that's something Beltran has before walking into Spring Training. He's bilingual, knows exactly what it takes to not only succeed in the league but in New York particularly, and understands the ups and downs that come during a 162-game season. That relatability should be present from the get-go.
As the games get underway, Mets fans will learn what kind of manager Beltran can be in-game. But, from a culture standpoint, Beltran already has in his head what identity his team will have.