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Mets Hire Carlos Beltran as Their New Manager

As an All-Star center fielder, Carlos Beltran was among the best players the Mets ever had, but his time in Flushing is often remembered by missed opportunities. He struck out when the Mets were on the cusp of a trip to the World Series, and in two other seasons he …

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Royals Hire Mike Matheny as Manager

The Kansas City Royals hired Mike Matheny on Thursday, bringing in a manager who took the cross-state Cardinals to the World Series six years ago before a three-season swoon cost him his job. The 49-year-old Matheny went 591-474 with the Cardinals and was the first manager to reach the postseason …

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For Astros, a Surprising Hook and a Sudden Fall

HOUSTON — The fall came with the completeness of a total eclipse of the sun, a shadow spread across a stadium throbbing with expectation. One minute the leather-lung men and women behind me in center field 440 feet from home plate (to sit there is a bit like watching the …

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