The Mets officially hired Louis Rojas to replace Carlos Beltran as the team’s Manager
Earlier today, the Mets announced that their quality control coach, Luis Rojas, will become the team’s next Manager. The move comes just a week after Carlos Beltran and the Mets agreed to mutually part ways before Beltran managed a single game. New York announced that they signed Rojas to a multiyear contract.
In a statement, Rojas said, “I will work tirelessly to help this team win… I believe this team and coaching staff can do special things, and I look forward to working together with everyone to reach our goals.”
Luis Rojas will be introduced as the Mets’ new skipper tomorrow in a press conference. He will be the team’s fourth Manager in the last two and a half years and the third manager in the last four months.
Rojas has a strong lineage in professional baseball. The 38-year old is the son of Felipe Alou, a former big league player and manager. He is also the brother of Moises Alou, a former outfielder who played with the Mets from 2007 to 2008.
Prior to working with New York, he spent 13 years as a manager and coach in the Mets’ minor league system. He was given his first coaching opportunity in the majors as a part of Mickey Callaway’s staff last season. Rojas did interview for the Mets’ manager job after the departure of Callaway at the end of the season, but the team eventually decided to hire Carlos Beltran. General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen did say that Rojas was a “serious candidate” for the position before it was given to Beltran.
Van Wagenen did have a number of positive things to say about Rojas. “Luis earned this job. He has literally trained his whole life to be a manager… He is considered one of the better in-game decision makers simply that we have in the organization.”
Luis Rojas will be introduced as the team’s new Manager tomorrow at a press conference that will be held at Citi Field.