The Mets were recently put in a uncomfortable position.
The recent cheating scandal that rocked baseball to it’s core had the Mets scrambling once Carlos Beltran was named in the official report. The Mets decided to fire Beltran before he was able to step foot in the dugout.
Ironically, Rojas was helping Beltran prepare for the upcoming season before he was fired.
We can argue all day about the hiring and firing of Beltran. But what’s done is done. And, in my opinion, the Mets hiring of Luis Rojas was a fantastic move.
*FUN FACT* Luis Rojas (38) is younger than Moises Alou was (40) when the Mets signed him to be their left fielder.
Rojas began his relationship with the Mets in 2007 when the team hired him as a coach for their Dominican Summer Mets League in 2007. He managed the Gulf Coast League Mets in 2008. He was a coach for the Savannah Sand Gnats in 2010. He later was promoted to manager for both of those teams respectively. He was named the manager for the St. Lucie Mets in 2015, and managed the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in 2017 and 2018. The Mets named him to their major league coaching staff as the quality control coach for the 2019 season.
Luis Rojas was voted by his peers as the Best Managerial Prospect in the Florida State League in 2015 and 2016 and Best Managerial Prospect in the South Atlantic League in 2014 for Baseball America’s MiLB Best Tools voting.
That’s quite the resume for a 38 year old.
When I met Luis Rojas in 2008 he was driving vans for minor leaguers from the hotel to the field in spring training. Whether you like the hire or not, he started from the actual bottom and did everything asked of him the whole way. Amazing journey to get this opportunity.
— josh satin (@joshsatin) January 23, 2020
Come on! He started in the mailroom and is now the CEO! How can you not root for a guy like that?!
Here are some of the Mets he’s managed or coached at various levels of the minors:
- Pete Alonso
- Jacob deGrom
- Jeff McNeil
- Amed Rosario
- Brandon Nimmo
- Michael Conforto
- Steven Matz
- Dominic Smith
The list goes on.
So, the “experience” argument is lost on me. Is Buck Showalter more qualified because he managed the Yankees twenty five years ago? Is Dusty Baker more qualified because he managed the Cubs in the late 90s?
At this time I’d like to mention that the last three World Series winners were AJ Hinch, Alex Cora and Davey Martinez. But, um, given recent events, that’s not the best point to make. The point I would like to make is that hiring a young manager isn’t a death sentence.
LUIS ROJAS! Love love love it. Loved being around him on the bench last year. Always teaching and full of knowledge. Super laid back and brings nothing but great vibes each and every day. Beyond even keel. Excited even more for the year! @Mets
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) January 22, 2020
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 https://t.co/SI8JgLzRId
— Pete Alonso (@Pete_Alonso20) January 22, 2020
— DOMINIC SMITH (@TheRealSmith22) January 22, 2020
We could debate all night. But it looks to me like the players approve of the hire, so who are we to disagree?
Hell, half of the fanbase wants Terry Collins back as manager because he called an umpire a “cocksucker” in the “ass in the jackpot” video, so who knows? Maybe, we aren’t being completely rational here?
Rojas is a terrific hire.
I’m looking at the tag team of Luis Rojas and bench coach Hensley Meulens, and I’m thinking, “that’s a fantastic duo!” You have Rojas, a man who worked himself up through every level of the organization. You have Meulens, who saw the Giants win three World Series championships in his time with the team as bench coach under Bruce Bochy.
Let’s give Rojas a chance!
- Rojas is the sixth Dominican manager in MLB history. (His father, Felipe Alou was the first.)
- Rojas and Alou are the fifth father-son manager tandem in MLB history.