Carlos Beltran may have lost out to Aaron Boone in the Yankees' managerial search, but the newly-retired outfielder believes his former club is in good hands.
"He's going to do a good job for them, definitely," Beltran said on Tuesday. "I personally know him and I wish him the best. ... There is a high standard about being the Yankee manager. After being able to miss the World Series by one game [last season], fans are expecting a lot of positive things, which is great. It's a good challenge for a manager."
Beltran was a surprise candidate in a group that included Boone as well as former Yankees bench coach Rob Thompson, Eric Wedge, Hensley Meulens and Chris Woodward.
"I was surprised [to get the interview], but at the same time it was something that I've been working for for 20 years," Beltran said. "I have been able to do things the right way in the game, and that's something that you don't do in one or two years. It's something you do in a long, long time. They know my passion for the game. They were able to see me when I played with the Yankees working with the younger guys trying to help them out."
Although the club ultimately decided on Boone, it's still possible the 44-year-old could find himself back with his former club in another capacity.
"There's no doubt that they showed interest in having me back in a different role," Beltran said. "I basically have to have a conversation with the organization and see which role they want me to be back in and see if that's something I really want to do after I just retired from the game."
The former Met and Yankee retired after winning his first World Series championship with the Astros last month, which put an end to a 20-year Major League career that included winning the 1999 A.L. Rookie of the Year award plus nine All-Star Game selections.