Luis Rojas has been part of the New York Mets organization since 2007 and is already a familiar face in their clubhouse. The 38-year-old has served as a manager for multiple Mets minor league affiliates. He is familiar with many of the players currently on the roster.
Rojas could easily jump in and take over, having seen most of these players grow with the team. He currently serves as the team’s quality control coach, so Van Wagenen and the Wilpons are familiar with him.
As a winter league manager, he has also found success. While leading Leones Del Escogido in the Dominican League, Rojas led the team to back to back championships in 2015 and 2016.
Similar to Beltran, Rojas is a young guy. Up until recently, that was a turnoff to most teams. But with the success of Boone and Cora, teams have come around to embracing younger managers because they relate well to today’s players.
Similar to Perez, Rojas grew up around baseball. His father, Felipe Alou, played in the Majors for 17 years (three-time All-Star) who went on to become a very successful manager for an additional 14 seasons. Alou is the most successful manager in Montreal Expos history and the 1994 National League Manager of the Year.
His brother Moisés Alou ended his own 17-career as a member of the Mets in 2008 and is currently a special assistant to the San Diego Padres.