NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Mets’ month-long search for a manager is complete and the result may be a surprise to many fans. New York will hire former Carlos Beltran as their next manager, a former All-Star outfielder with the team but a man who has never managed in his baseball career.

Beltran was all-in with the Mets from the start of this search. He even declined interviews with the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres to prove he only wanted to be Mets manager.

In the end, the 20-year MLB veteran has beaten out Eduardo Perez and Tim Bogar for the job of replacing Mickey Callaway in Queens.

“Thanks to Jeff (Wilpon) and the ownership group for their ongoing support as we worked through a very detailed managerial search process,” General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. “We are very excited to bring Carlos on board as our next manager and re-introduce him to Mets fans next week.”

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Carlos Beltran

The Mets Carlos Beltran homers to right field in the bottom of the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on May 3, 2011. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The 42-year-old was one of the greatest outfielders of the 2000’s, but has never coached at any level in MLB. Despite that, his reputation as a great baseball mind nearly won him the Yankees’ managerial job two years ago.

Beltran spent over six seasons in a Mets uniform from 2005 to 2011 after signing one of the most high-profile deals in team history — a seven-year, $119 million contract.

He notably led the team to the 2006 NLCS with a stellar 41 home run season, but infamously took a called third strike to end Game 7 against the Cardinals. The Mets would not reach the postseason again with Beltran on the team.

He retired from baseball just two years ago and has spent the past two seasons with the Yankees as a special adviser to general manager Brian Cashman.

The Mets are putting a lot of faith in him to overcome his lack of managerial experience — the same challenge that faced Callaway two years ago. Beltran will also have to shake a long-established reputation of not speaking often with the media while he was a player.

CBS2’s Steve Overmyer reports Beltran has signed a three-year deal with the club. The official press conference introducing him as New York’s new skipper is scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m.

Stay with CBS New York for the latest on the developing story


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