With Mets ownership set to change hands to Steve Cohen, pending MLB approval, things are up in the air when it comes to the future of GM Brodie Van Wagenen and manager Luis Rojas.
Sandy Alderson will take over as team president if Cohen is approved, which would have a major impact on Van Wagenen, but there could be a less rocky road ahead for Rojas.
SNY contributor John Harper wrote on Friday that "
there does seem to be strong sentiment within the organization that Rojas has earned another shot," adding that there is a belief that Alderson would be influenced by the above sentiment.
Here's what Harper learned about how Rojas is viewed within the organization and what his chances could be of being the manager in 2021...
- “A lot of managers talk about communicating with players, but they don’t really want to have tough conversations with guys. Luis actually had those conversations, so he could say some critical things publicly because he’d built such strong relationships in the clubhouse. In contrast, Mickey (Callaway) talked about how much he was going to care for the players, but he didn’t communicate individually much at all, and they came to resent him for that. Luis just has a feel for how to talk to players, and it’s an important trait for a manager.”
- "In the dugout it was clear he knows how to run a game. You don’t have to agree with every move he made. The bottom line is I can’t blame him for Rick Porcello or Michael Wacha, or the pitching problems in general. I blame the front office for the Mets’ record."
- “He’s not a guy to let things slide, And that’s how you earn respect because players pay attention to that stuff. Callaway let stuff go unchecked and players noticed."
Former Mets exec Adam Fisher:
- “He proved he’s up to the task, especially when you look at everything he had to deal with: stepping in for Beltran, the pandemic, a 60-game season, pitching problems. I don’t know how anyone evaluating him would say he shouldn’t at least get the chance to manage a full season."
SNY Mets field reporter Steve Gelbs
- “By the end of the year even the guys he who had playing time taken away or were pulled aside for mistakes still felt strongly about their relationships with him. The general feeling was they’d let Luis down by not making the playoffs, and that wasn’t the feeling last year (under Mickey Callaway).”