One week after the New York Mets fired Carlos Beltran before ever managing a game. The Amazins have already found his replacement in Luis Rojas.
When Carlos Beltran and the New York Mets decided to part ways a week ago speculation quickly started on who would be the team’s next skipper. Luis Rojas quickly emerged as the top candidate to take over the role. Many fans and reporters felt he was an easy fix to a big problem.
Rojas has been with the organization since 2006 and has had many different roles within it. In fact, many New York Mets players, including young stars Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil, have already had him as manager and loved him. So right away he has more managerial experience than Beltran did which is a plus.
While managing a Major League game and a Minor League game is different, the basics are very similar. It is still baseball, it is not like there are dramatic rule differences between Double-A and the Majors. Things like taking a pitcher out of a ballgame and when to use a pinch-hitter are all relatively the same.
To be honest I think the Mets had to go internal in this situation, which is very different from the Astros and the Red Sox. The current Mets staff is built around Carlos Beltran and the staff has been working together for a couple of months. So if the Mets brought in a Dusty Baker, for example, he would come in and maybe want to do things his way. By hiring Rojas, the staff knows his opinion on things and they can kind of move forward as business as usual.
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Again going internal was the right move here. A luxury Boston and Houston don’t have. Both of those teams have been or are under investigation by Major League Baseball for a sign-stealing scandal. They have to look for a manager from the outside. Hiring someone who has managed at some level, knows pretty much all the guys on the roster and has already been on the staff just made too much sense for the Mets.
It is really nice to see the Amazins recover quickly from a bad situation. Now with a little over two weeks till spring training the Mets coaching staff is pretty much set and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen can get back to making some final roster adjustments. Mets fans don’t worry Rojas was the man for the job.
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