Published: Fri, January 24, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Behind Mets' decision to hire Luis Rojas as manager

Behind Mets' decision to hire Luis Rojas as manager

Luis Rojas is close to being named the next manager of the New York Mets. Is it just Brodie Van Wagenen's mouthpiece?

"I think it's the fit".

Rojas replaces Carlos Beltran, who lost his job along with Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and Astros manager A.J. Hinch in the wake of Houston's sign-stealing scandal. While Rojas is the second-youngest manager in the majors, he has a resume that makes him qualified for the job.

Callaway was sacked after the season, and Rojas interviewed for the vacancy in November before NY hired Beltrán. He also was a runner-up when the other team in NY, the Yankees, hired Aaron Boone. He's the son of former major league player and manager Felipe Alou and the half-brother of longtime big league outfielder Moises Alou.

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Van Wagenen indicated that serious outside candidates for the job when Beltran was hired, such as Eduardo Perez and Tim Bogar, were not considered this time.

Meulens was once regarded as a shoo-in future manager, a baseball lifer who speaks five languages and is well-liked around the league. You'll also find the next great manager in finding a man who hasn't really done it yet, and it's not like Rojas is unknown in the room. "We wanted to continue the momentum that we have with the work that's been done in preparation for Spring Training, and we felt like Luis was in a position to be a leader of that group".

"He has a winning pedigree, leading teams to the playoffs when he was in the minor leagues, leads by example and he's jacked", Noah Syndergaard told The Post. Van Wagenen said it was "business as usual from our standpoint" and that the ramifications of the pending ownership deal have not changed since the Mets announced the news in early December.

"He was already asserting himself more in a leadership role with this new coaching staff and helping Carlos learn some of the managerial things that he hadn't been exposed to before", Van Wagenen said. As quality control coach, Rojas was charged with bringing analytics to the players and coaching staff. "I knew Louie feels very good about working with them in a collaborative environment and that is what he's been doing for the last two months, but I anticipate us going forward in a pretty consistent, cohesive way".

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