Coleman’s Corner: Beltran’s Position
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One day after the possible new Mets centerfielder rolled into camp, the incumbent centerfielder came to town to report for work. Carlos Beltran showed up in Port St. Lucie, sought out manager Terry Collins, and sat down for a meeting to decide whether he’d remain in center or move to right field. Collins explained what Beltran said.
G.M. Sandy Alderson further clarified matters by detailing what Beltran will start out doing.
As for Beltran, he’d prefer to remain in center but will keep an open mind.
Many people feel that the outfield is the outfield, but Beltran wanted to emphasize that playing elsewhere from center is something very foreign to him in his career.
Whatever the outcome, Beltran said it would be a group decision and he would be on board with it.
Legendary Hall-of-Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax made his first visit to Mets camp this spring on Saturday. He paid special attention to lefties Chris Capuano and Jon Niese, and Collins, who’s known Koufax for 30 years, said it was both enlightening to his pitchers and a thrill for him.
Jason Bay arrived late Saturday and will work out on Sunday. Still no Luis Castillo sighting – maybe Sunday. We’ll see.
C U later