Mets Finalizing Deal To Make Rojas New Manager

WCBS 880 Newsroom
January 22, 2020 - 1:06 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The New York Mets are finalizing a multiyear deal to make Luis Rojas their next manager, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday.

The news comes a week after the team announced it was parting ways with Carlos Beltrán over his alleged role in the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal.

Beltrán was hired in November to replace Mickey Callaway, who was fired after failing to lead the team to the playoffs in his two seasons at the helm.

The Mets decided to keep it in the family this time. The 38-year-old Rojas is entering his 14th season in the Mets organization and most recently served as the quality control coach.

“I think it’s the fit. It’s where the team is. I think it’s the culture we’re trying to create,” Van Wagenen said. “He has a good finger on the pulse of this team."

Mets radio broadcaster Wayne Randazzo said Rojas is someone that is well-respected within the organization.

"He's not a household name — I guess he will be now, but he hasn't been to this point. He's just kind of been biding his time, learning the craft as a minor league coach and a minor league manager. In fact, he's managed a lot of the guys that are currently on the Mets roster," Randazzo said. "This is a guy who has put in the time, has the résumé, has the background."

The choice got the stamp of approval from Mets first baseman Pete Alonso who tweeted, "Loved having Luis in ‘17 and ‘18 as my AA manager! It’s awesome playing under him and having him on staff last year as well!!! Super pumped to have him as the Jeffe. Also he throws some damn good bp #LFGM."

He is the son of former Montreal Expos and San Francisco Giants manager Felipe Alou and the brother of former Met Moises Alou. 

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