Luis Rojas reflects on feeling 'responsible' for disappointing Mets season

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Luis Rojas side angle close shot of his face
Luis Rojas side angle close shot of his face

In what may have been his final game as Mets manager, Luis Rojas was not afraid to take the blame for the 77-85 finish.

“As the manager you have to feel responsible for not winning enough games," he said. "You have got to feel responsible for not helping the team achieve the goal that was set at the beginning of the season. Managers get paid to win games and we won less than we lost this year."

The Mets finished off their season with a 5-0 loss to the NL East champion Atlanta Braves, and in typical 2021 Mets fashion garnered just three hits.

Rojas said he is looking forward to working on his craft and becoming a better manager.

"There are specific situations that a manager learns, and specific decisions that a manager learns and probably would do differently in the future. And there are some things that other teams do as well that you can say ‘okay, we can model, we can use that as a model.’ There’s different things I’m moving on to the future. I’m sure that coaches, managers, like players, they keep developing, they keep growing, they keep getting better, and that comes with experience. This year was a great experience for me. Looking back, I feel responsible for a lot of what happened this year. We could have won more games, we could have been in a different position. That’s why I carry those thoughts."

Francisco Lindor said he enjoyed his time with Rojas as his manager.

“It was fun playing for him. He’s relatively young as a manager. I come from [Terry Francona], completely different ways of managing. I like him. I like him a lot. He brings a lot to the game."

Lindor said Rojas continued to tell the Mets to be "fearless" throughout the season.

"One of the biggest messages that he brought this year was to be fearless, to not fear what was gonna happen tomorrow, to not fear what was gonna happen in a month from now. To worry about what you got today, and not fear. I respect that. Sometimes we think about what the outcome could be instead of worrying about the process, and that can bring a little fear or a little bit of doubtness to our minds. I had a lot of fun having him having him as a manager. He’s very even keeled, there’s not a lot of emotions from his part. I’m sure he’s looking forward to the offseason, to continue to learn and get better as a manager, and so do we all. We’re all looking forward to working as hard as we can in the offseason and continue to be better.”

Rojas said he wasn't sure when he would talk to Sandy Alderson about his future, but expected it to be soon