On Monday, the New York Mets announced Carlos Beltran will be making the switch from center to right field for the upcoming season. Finally, a positive sign for a team that is in the process of a makeover.
The selfless act of Beltran switching positions is the first imprint new manager Terry Collins has left on his club. The Mets outfield now consist of Jason Bay, Angel Pagan and Beltran, which is a top three outfield in the National League.
Beltran is coming off of right knee surgery, and his mobility isn't the same. But the improved play of Angel Pagan last season turned the center field position into a competition this spring training. Beltran has yet to appear in any Mets spring training games, but the move has made it definite there is no longer a competition.
Beltran hasn't played right field since 2000, when he was a member of the Kansas City Royals. He only played three games at the position.
David Wright has noticed the team-first attitude, according to Adam Rubin for espnnewyork.com, saying "To be able to kind of swallow that pride and look at what's best for the team and make that decision, says a lot about what Carlos is trying to accomplish here."
Hearing positive news with the Mets is refreshing. From the mismanagement of player injuries, the disconnect with the front office and their players, the Francisco Rodriguez incident and the team's financial difficulty, it is great to see the actual baseball part of the game heading in the right direction.