Luis Rojas was introduced last week by the New York Mets as their manager. The 38-year-old has spent 10 years with the organization and was a very happy man.
While the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox are still in the search process to replace the disgraced A.J. Hinch and Alex Cora after the revelation of Sign-Stealgate. Bodie van Wagonen introduced Luis Rojas as the 23rd manager of the New York Mets.
The Mets were very fortunate to have Rojas as an internal option. Rojas may be the next best thing and a blessing in disguise after the Mets felt they had no choice but to part ways with Carlos Beltran. The idea that MLB Commissioner, Rob Manfred, would purposely name Carlos Beltran in his report was nothing short of deliberate intent to expose him after he was selected as manager of the New York Mets.
As many of the EWB readers know, I felt the Mets were wrong not keeping Beltran as manager and still believe it, especially since they did not have a backup plan. But who could have such a plan when something as crazy as this sign-stealing scandal was exposed from a team 1,500 miles away? The only thing the Mets had in common, aside from Jake Marisnick, J.D. Davis, and Carlos Beltran, are the orange and blue colors the Astros borrowed from the Mets.
Needless to say, the New York Mets had their backup plan staring then in their faces. Many fans may be livid at the notion that the Mets handed the reins over to a 38-year-old-minor league career-unknown, that managed in all levels of the Mets organization. He isn’t a big name, a celebrity that would light up Broadway.
No, Mets fans wanted Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter, Dusty Baker, John Gibbons, or Clint Hurdle. Get Mike Scioscia, Tony LaRussa, and Bruce Bochy out of retirement. We needed a big-name manager that won’t bow down to the Wilpons and tell Brodie van Wagenen what to do. Anything short of this means he is nothing but a puppet.
Really? I have news for you. If you work for someone and their signature is on your paycheck, or if you own your own business and rely on customers to sustain your business, you are a puppet too.
So Luis Rojas gladly accepts the role of a puppet for the Mets. In Rojas’ opening comments at the press conference, he said, “I will lead this team to success. This is my dream come true to be the manager of the Mets! This is a blessing!”