One of the many interesting things about YES’ new game analysts, Carlos Beltran and Cameron Maybin, is that they could both have been in the Yankees dugout instead of in the dressing room.
Beltran and Maybin were considered by the team to become coaches under manager Aaron Boone, according to Yankee and YES officials, but Beltran and Maybin both turned down the opportunity.
Instead, John Filippelli, YES’ de facto GM as president of programming and production, consulted with the Yankees’ Brian Cashman to bring her into the dressing room.
Despite Cashman’s feelings about the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal in 2017, in which Beltran was fingered as a key conspirator and in which Maybin was a World Series-winning team member, Cashman not only gave the signal to move on with the two players, he encouraged them.
“Ultimately, we have to turn the page,” Cashman said. “Carlos is a friend. He was a friend before. And you have to make those choices in your life.
“Obviously what happened in Houston wasn’t good. It was a flaw in the game and certainly very hurtful and drastic for us. But I feel like Carlos is part of the family.”
Cashman also thinks Beltran will be very good.
“He has the ability to convey his wisdom in such an amazing way,” Cashman said.
For Yankees fans, there might still be a scar from Beltran’s involvement in 2017. If this is the case, Filippelli believes Beltran will win her over fairly quickly.
“I think some people who don’t want to second-guess him can actually second-guess him once they hear him,” Filippelli said.
Beltran and Maybin will be part of a new sound bundle with 21 games from YES and Amazon Prime Video. It’s a new era in Yankee broadcasting.
Ken Singleton, after years of near-retirement, has finally really left the stand. In the studio, Buck Showalter left to manager the Mets, a job that was briefly Beltrans.
Meanwhile, David Cone, who will be one of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball analysts, and Paul O’Neill will each play about 65 games.
Maybin is put at around 40 and Beltran at 36, which Filippelli decided to match the uniform number Beltran wore. John Flaherty, YES’ swiss army knife, will be doing games and studio.
Michael Kay will be the play-by player for the vast majority of games, while Ryan Ruocco will take an occasional hit.
Beltran, through YES, chose not to speak for this story as he did not want to be asked any more questions about the Astros scandal. However, Beltran did reach out to them on Monday, answering questions with fellow YES colleague Kay on a taped copy of CenterStage.
He said the Astros championship was tainted and they were wrong. He still doesn’t understand why he was chosen. His understanding during the investigation was that the players would not be held accountable.
“Everyone gets immunity except Carlos Beltran? I don’t understand,’ said Beltran.
Entering the cabin might be an ideal entry point for Beltran to get back into the game. When disciplinary action was taken over the Astros scandal, manager AJ Hinch, bench coach Alex Cora and GM Jeff Luhnow all received a one-year ban. Hinch, with the Tigers, and Cora, back with the Red Sox, returned as managers. Luhnow was not greeted back.
Beltran was not formally suspended by Commissioner Rob Manfred, but he was the only player singled out on the MLB report, leading to the Mets ending his managerial reign before his first game.
With YES, Beltran will have an opportunity to step back into the spotlight, show why the Mets hired him and show the acumen that made him a potential future Hall of Famer as a player.
“He will be manager one day,” said Filippelli. “I don’t think he’ll be a broadcaster forever, but who knows?”
Beltran will analyze matches in English as he grew up in Puerto Rico where Spanish is the dominant language. This is possibly the first time in Yankee broadcasting history.
“I’m not sure Phil Rizzuto’s first language was English,” Filippelli said.
Maybin, 34, only played 82 games for the Yankees in 2019. But he’s one of those guys who just lit up a clubhouse, even if he wasn’t a star.
Maybin had coaching opportunities, possibly with the Yankees as well, but that would defeat the purpose of being home to watch his four children at their activities, including his eldest, 14-year-old Trent, who was already a top baseball player is viewed and basketball players.
Maybin hit four homers in four straight games in June 2019, which made an impact. He also stood out as a potential broadcaster.
His current agent, Mark Lepselter, then asked if he would be interested, while Ruocco also spoke to him about possibly being in the dressing room.
In addition to doing Yankees games, Maybin will also be on the MLB Network and the Cubs’ Marquee Network. In total, it will be on the air for more than 100 days.
“How about a new flavor?” Maybin said.
He considers Nate Burleson, Michael Strahan, Harold Reynolds and Eduardo Perez broadcasting road models. He is interested in media and decides to host Kay’s YES show many afternoons at his home in Asheville, NC.
“My wife gets upset if I watch his show for three hours,” Maybin said.
Questions about the Astros scandal will likely go away once Beltran and Maybin are well on the air. They must provide answers when asked.
“Has it gone too far?” Maybin asked. “Sure, but I didn’t watch it at the time because they were trying to screw up the game.”
From Cashman to Filippelli, the Yankees believe Beltran and Maybin will improve the game. Now the fans decide.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/06/carlos-beltran-cameron-maybin-seek-redemption-in-yankees-booth/ Carlos Beltran and Cameron Maybin seek redemption in the Yankees dressing room