Bobby Valentine has some advice for new skipper Carlos Beltran — fix the bullpen.
“I’m pulling for (Beltran),” the former Mets manager told TMZ Sports while attending a Mariano Rivera charity event in New York City. “I hope he can get the end of the bullpen together and maybe even get (Yoenis) Cespedes to play a little, and put that group together offensively, so they can be consistent to go with that pitching. And it’s lights out. ”
The Mets had hoped — and likely still are hoping — closer Edwin Diaz would be the answer as the team’s closer. But he had a disastrous first season in New York, blowing seven saves, which helped lead to Mickey Callaway’s firing.
Valentine — who managed the Mets from 1996-2002 while leading them to a World Series berth in 2000 — also said being a skipper in New York won’t be too big for Beltran.
“He’s already succeeded in New York,” Valentine said. “He gets it. He’s a real smooth guy. I like everything I’ve ever known about him, the way he played, my interactions with him. I’m all thumbs up.”
Valentine added that new managers have to deal with a lot of “firsts,” but believes Beltran will be up to the challenge.
“The first time you win. The first time you lose. … All those first are ahead of him,” he said. “He’s the kind of guy to appreciate them when they come forth.”
Valentine also said the Mets’ future is bright because of two-time Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom and newly minted Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso.
“Oh, absolutely,” Valentine said. “I think those two along with the other young Met players are going to be able to getting the share of the pie, here, or the apple, if you will. It’s exciting for a Met fan.”
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