Carlos Beltran believes Aaron Boone is a ‘great’ hire by Yankees

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BYPeter Sblendorio
Updated: Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 9:24 PM
Carlos Beltran was passed over for the Yankees’ managerial job, but appluaded the hire of Aaron Boone.

Carlos Beltran may not have been the Yankees' selection for manager, but he still believes the team hit a home run in hiring Aaron Boone.

Beltran, who was one of six men to interview for the job of Yankees skipper last month, says Boone is a "great" choice for the organization due to his lengthy history with the MLB and his ability to connect with players.

"I think he's great. I think he's going to do a good job for the team," Beltran told the Daily News on Tuesday at the Barclays Center, before accepting Sports Illustrated's inaugural Hope Award. "He is passionate. He comes from a baseball family. His dad was a manager in the big leagues. ... He will be able to communicate with the guys, there's no doubt about that. We have to give him time to adjust to the new role."

The 40-year-old Beltran was the youngest of the six finalists for the job, which was vacated after the team decided to part ways with Joe Girardi after 10 seasons. Former Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, ex-Indians and Mariners manager Eric Wedge, Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens and Dodgers bench coach Chris Woodward made up the rest of the candidates for the position.

Beltran — who retired from baseball last month after winning his first World Series with the Houston Astros — has long been lauded for his leadership within the clubhouse, and many believe he'd make a strong manager.

There's been buzz he could join the Yankees organization — where he played from 2014 to 2016 — in some capacity going into next season, and he confirmed that it's something he'll consider.

Carlos Beltran was passed over for the Yankees’ managerial job, but appluaded the hire of Aaron Boone.

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"Being back with the Yankees is something I have to discuss with the organization if they approach me to be part of it, and also with my family," Beltran said. "(Yankees general manager Brian) Cashman mentioned it, that it would be great if I'm back in a different role, but at the same time we haven't discussed which role."

Like Beltran, Boone does not have any prior managing or coaching experience, but has been praised for his personality and high baseball IQ.

Boone makes the transition to the Yankees dugout after spending the past seven years as an MLB analyst for ESPN. Beltran believes that experience in the booth should help translate to his new position.

"He was able to watch the game from a different view, and a different standpoint — more as a manager," Beltran said. "Being able to judge situations and being able to see the game in a different way than being in the clubhouse."

Boone, 44, spent about three months with the Yankees as a player in 2003, and hit one of the biggest home runs in team history with his walk-off dinger in Game 7 of the ALCS against Boston to send the Bronx Bombers to the World Series.

Aaron Boone celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the 11th inning to beat the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 of the ALCS.

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Beltran was named the recipient of Sports Illustrated's Hope Award due to his immense effort and contributions to his native Puerto Rico after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September.

The ex-outfielder, who spent most of the 2017 season as Houston's designated hitter, founded a relief fund for Puerto Rico and donated $1 million to the cause as well. He made his first trip to the island last month, and has made multiple supply deliveries since retiring.

"There's a lot of places over there where they're in need of water, power, so the fact that God gave me this platform as a baseball player and I was able to use it to create awareness and send a message out there that Puerto Rico was going through a tough time," Beltran said. "But not only that, but also with action, donating the money that we did, that was something that was important for us."

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve are the recipients of Sports Illustrated's annual Sportsperson of the Year Award due to their contributions to the city of Houston following Hurricane Harvey.

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