The New York Mets have found Carlos Beltran’s replacement. Luis Rojas is finalizing a multi-year deal to lead the team for the foreseeable future. Is it possible, nay even probable, that the Houston Astros horrific cheating scandal led the Mets towards hiring the correct choice all along?
Luis Rojas is the son of Felipe Alou. I didn’t know that until yesterday. I didn’t really know anything about Luis Rojas until yesterday when his managerial reign became inevitable. I just knew I wanted a big and flashy name and I did not want Dusty Baker. Rojas is apparently one of those bright, young coaching geniuses like Kyle Shanahan.
Securing a secret half-brother of the Alou family seems like falling into having Cooper Manning coach your football team. Sure you’ve never seen him throw a football, but all the genes of football are there.
The Alou Family doesn’t get enough credit as being one of the first families of professional baseball. Years before the Molina brothers were catching across the league, the Alou brothers were playing outfield and once even all started in the outfield beside each other. Felipe’s other son and Luis’ half-brother Moises started in left field for the Mets and was somehow two years older (40) than Luis is right now (38).
Rojas has been a part of the Mets organization since 2007 when he took a coaching position with the Dominican Summer League Mets. His entire career for the Mets as a manager would be one of consistent growth and professional promotions. He would then move to the Gulf Coast League Mets in 2008. Then he would move to the Savannah Sand Gnats (minor league team names are awesome) in 2011.
Then as a manager he would return to the Gulf Coast Mets in 2011, then back in Savannah from 2012-2014, which in turn led to the Port St. Lucie Mets managerial gig in 2015. Promotion after promotion, success after success.
In the Dominican Professional Baseball League, where the Rojas-Alou name is baseball royalty, he took over a team led by now Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell and led them to a championship in his first full year as manager in 2015-2016. The pressure. The poise.
Rojas then managed the New York Mets Double-A affiliate, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (another great name), from 2017-2018. After the 2018 season, the Mets promoted him AGAIN to the major league club to serve as a quality control coach. Now I don’t know what quality control coach does, but I feel like this is one of those moves where they just want someone who has had a great deal of success around the team. We don’t know what he does but he does it well when he does it.
Now, he’s in charge of the big league club and the Polar Bear is EXCITED.
You know who else loves this hire? The lynchpin of our entire rotation Marcus Stroman.
Luis Rojas is the second Hispanic manager in Mets history, and with three weeks left until pitchers and catchers report for the start of Spring Training, he appears to be the first that will actually manage a game. The Mets are all in on the young genius coach trend and so am I. Can’t wait for Opening Day.