July 29, 2021

Bobby Valentine’s advice to Carlos Beltran: Fix Mets’ bullpen (New York Post)

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…

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