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Mets Should Be Discussing Luis Rojas’, Not Mickey Callaway’s Future

In the very near future, the New York Mets will be meeting to discuss whether Mickey Callaway will return as the manager in 2020. There are reasons to both keep and fire Callaway, and in making the decision, the Mets will need to determine who is the best person to lead the Mets to their first World Series since 1986.

Like any other decision, there needs to be a balance of the present and the future. Both considerations should include what to do with Luis Rojas.

The Mets thought so much of Rojas they promoted him from the team’s Double-A manager to their Quality Control Coach. He was more than that. He also served a role working with the outfielders. Of note, he helped Jeff McNeil get up to speed in the outfield during Spring Training. During the year, McNeil would have a 2 DRS in 671.0 innings split between right and left.

Rojas’ working with McNeil is not the only impact he has had on this current club. As noted, he was previously a minor league manager. As a result, Rojas has had a hand in the development of many of the players on the Mets roster including Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, Jacob deGrom, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Amed Rosario, and Dominic Smith. When you have that type of an impact, it is no wonder the Mets see him as a potential future manager.

In fact, as Mike Puma of the New York Post noted, the team views Rojas as a “rising star.”

The question is whether the team views the 38 year old as ready to assume control of the team. While he has managed many of the players on the team, he would have to also be managing players who are, in terms of age, peers to him. These players include Robinson Cano and Wilson Ramos.

While it is fair to say he’s not ready from that standpoint, the Mets have to determine if they want to give him the role before he is not yet ready and have him grow into the role, or if they are willing to lose him.

At the moment, we do not know if any of the teams looking to hire a manager would have an interest in Rojas. The chances are they don’t. However, they may look to him as an option to join their new coaching staff. On that note, the San Diego Padres are interested in hiring Moises Alou as their manager. If Alou were to get the job, you do wonder if he would want his brother who is very good at working with young players and has a sharp analytical mind on his own coaching staff.

Really, when you look at it that way, you wonder why the Mets wouldn’t want that themselves. On the front, if they are truly grooming Rojas to be the next manager, they should be taking a proactive step in that direction. What that step is anyone’s guess.

On the front, the minimum the Mets should be considering is moving him up the ladder to be the Mets next bench coach replacing Jim Riggleman, who did not appear to have any real impact this year. If nothing else, Rojas on the bench would prepare him all the more to be the Mets next manager. In fact, you could argue that is what the Mets should do.

The Mets could keep Callaway and have Rojas waiting to take over for him. If nothing else, this would further prepare Rojas to be the manager the Mets want him to be. It would also prevent them from hiring another novice who could potentially hire the next Callaway.

In the end, no matter what the Mets do, they should be making a decision from the perspective of what they want to do with Rojas more than what they want to do with Callaway.

12 thoughts on “Mets Should Be Discussing Luis Rojas’, Not Mickey Callaway’s Future”

  1. David Klein says:

    Empty headed post. Mickey is almost as bad as the Wilpons

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Keep blaming Mickey for what Brodie and the Wilpons do. It’s exactly what they want.

      1. David Klein says:

        Yep all the stupid decisions in on everyone but Mickey. Worst Mets manager ever.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Mickey didn’t trade Kelenic and Dunn for Cano and Diaz

          1. David Klein says:

            What does this have to do with his shit in game managing? I mean even you have gotten on him.

          2. metsdaddy says:

            In terms of in-game managing, I have zero idea what is his and what is not his moves.

          3. David Klein says:

            Utter nonsense his tendencies haven’t changed from last year.

          4. metsdaddy says:

            That’s not true. He hasn’t dry humped as many relievers. He’s used his higher leverage guys in later innings. He pushed starters a bit more than last year.

            Certainly, there were differences in what he did last year.

          5. David Klein says:

            Actually he’s become a worse manager this year but you’ll twist yourself into a pretzel to blame Brodie and others for that.

          6. metsdaddy says:

            It’s twisting myself into a pretzel to blame the guy texting decisions

  2. Blair M. Schirmer says:

    Rojas is fine. Riggleman is fine. It isn’t going to matter for the next three years, anyway, given the dearth in the farm’s upper levels, but anything is better than having to watch Mickey Callaway, Incompetent, dither and prattle in interviews. His latest came after Smith’s splendid walkoff, where Mickey blamed the players for the Mets’ June, then babbled incontinently about how some of that was due to players not knowing their roles, but they’d do better now that they’re comfortable. Mickey seemed oblivious to the fact that it was really only two players “not knowing their roles” when they got to the ballpark, and that in the case of Dom he’d be either a late-inning replacement at 1B, or in LF (while for JD Davis swap 3B for 1B in that equation). He might even pinch hit. Wow–such complexity! It never appeared to occur to Mickey that it was his job to prepare guys who were not starters to do what several hundred MLB ballplayers have to do every day–come to the park and prepare for possibly having to fill two or three partial roles.

    It’s rare to see someone this obviously in over his head.

    I’d agree it’s hard to know Mickey’s exact role in all cases, but we do know it wasn’t Wags and Jeff Wilpon who couldn’t teach the guy who was MLB’s best reliever last year–and who was still able to K 99 hitters in 53 innings this year–not only to not get outs, but to turn into one of the worst closers in the game, and who couldn’t teach two season’s worth of relievers not named Seth Lugo to be at least adequate.

    *Baseball postseason*

    Nationals beat Brewers
    Dodgers beat Nationals / Braves beat Cards
    Dodgers beat Braves

    Rays beat Athletics
    Houston beats Athletics / Yankees beat Twins
    Houston beats Yankees

    Houston beats Dodgers

    Not the most difficult prediction to make, picking the teams with 107 and 106 wins to meet in the Series. Poor Dodgers. They may make it three in a row this year. Cole, Verlander, and Greinke. That’s just cruel.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Again, people put way too much emphasis on his post game comments while ignoring the progress of the young players, the pitchers staying healthy, and the team playing hard

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