Late in his Hall-of-Fame caliber playing career, Carlos Beltran felt a responsibility to positively impact the kids coming up the chain.
Just over a month since his on-field career ended, with his first World Series ring as a member of the Astros, Beltran believes he's ready to be the Yankees manager.
So far, general manager Brian Cashman and the rest of the Yankees' brass has already interviewed bench coach Rob Thomson, former Yankees infielder Aaron Boone, former Indians and Mariners manager Eric Wedge, San Francisco Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens and Los Angeles Dodgers' third base coach Chris Woodward.
Beltran, 40, is no stranger to the Bronx.
And it hasn't been very long since Beltran was part of that younger Yankees clubhouse, dispensing knowledge to anyone who asked and taking special interest in players' futures.
Carlos Beltran will rely on his own experience - and perhaps that of a veteran bench coach - if he lands the Yankees' managerial job. Then again, there have been plenty of young managers hired across baseball, and given the Yankees' young core, hiring Beltran - who would be able to relate to the modern player - would make a lot of sense, too.
Beltran's qualifications are many: He spent 20 seasons in the big leagues, making nine All-Star teams and belting 435 homers. Get the app and get the game. Beltran said he wants to be proactive, a manager "that interacts with the players and is always bringing something to the table".
But getting the call to interview for this job, well, it's "something you can't turn away from, " Beltran said. "I personally feel that when I first retired from baseball, I thought I was going to be able to spend a little time with the family, but the fact that I got the call to be interviewed, this is something that you can not turn away from it". "But the one that really sticks out to me is Terry Collins, for the fact that when I was playing with the Mets he was able to handle my situation".
During this past season, Beltran told Cashman that he would be retiring at the end of the season and that he would be interested in having a role in the Yankees organization. "There's no doubt about that". I would love to manage. "I would love to give back to the game".