Carlos Beltran recently retired after winning his first championship with the Astros. There was some thought that he’d hop right back into the game as a manager and the Yankees conveniently have a managerial opening. Beltran, of course, spent two and a half seasons with the Yankees from 2014-16.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that while Beltran does indeed have interest in managing, it doesn’t sound like it’s going to be right now with the Yankees. Beltran said he had a “brief conversation” with Yankees GM Brian Cashman. He said, “I explained I’m committed to be back in the game in a role that I can be an impact. I believe the best use of my time and knowledge is in a managerial position. I have a lot to offer but I’m enjoying my time with the family. I’m not in a rush!”
The Yankees already have more than a handful of potential candidates and have interviewed quite a few of them, nearing the end of the first round of interviews. The club plans to interview Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens on Friday. Other candidates include Aaron Boone, Eric Wedge, and Jerry Hairston, Jr.
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.