Mets Manager Rojas ‘Confident’ In Ability To Lead Team, Thanks Father For Guidance

WCBS 880 Newsroom
January 24, 2020 - 5:29 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880)Luis Rojas was introduced as the new manager of the New York Mets on Friday and took the opportunity to thank his father for helping him get to where he is now.

Rojas was introduced at Citi Field as the replacement for Carlos Beltrán, who stepped down from the job after just 84 days. The former outfielder left the Mets over his alleged role in the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal.

Rojas was previously the Mets quality control coach and told reporters on Friday that he’s prepared to help lead the team to a victory.

“We are gonna be prepared to compete. We’re gonna have some values to follow, that me knowing the guys – and the guys knowing me back as well – will understand perfectly,” he said. “I know it will be no problem. This is a family.”  

He says he is looking forward to the season as said he feels “like the most lucky person in the world right now as the manager of the New York Mets.”

“I’m very confident that I’m going to lead the way for this team to win and be successful,” Rojas said.

The 38-year-old said it was a dream come true to take on the role, but thanked his father, Felipe Alou, for teaching him what he knows about baseball.

Alou was a three-time All-Star who managed Montreal for 10 seasons and San Francisco for four. Rojas called him his “college, university of baseball” and said he "taught me the game of baseball and life and helped me balance that through this journey."

Rojas also praised his brother, six-time All-Star Moises Alou.

"You were very impactful," Rojas said. "Our discussions led to great ideas that helped me a lot throughout my career."

The Mets finalized their contract with Rojas on Thursday, just one week after Beltrán resigned.

Despite his youth, the Mets feel that his organizational knowledge and communication skills make him a good fit. 

"He had the experience not just within the organization but with our players... his credibility and his respectability. When he speaks, people trust him," Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen tells WCBS 880's Brad Heller. "To be able to be a consistent leader that not only is consistent in his personality but who also is consistent in terms of what we've built with the team, it was a very clear and easy choice for us."

After meeting with Rojas following Beltrán's resignation, Van Wagenen said they knew he was the right man for the job. 

"He understands how to manage veteran players, he understands how to manage young players," the GM said. "We have a young roster of some players that still need to develop into major league players."

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