Mets' Luis Rojas not worried about job status: 'That’s not my concern right now'

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New York Mets manager Luis Rojas spring training workouts
New York Mets manager Luis Rojas spring training workouts

Luis Rojas called the firings of Chili Davis and Tom Slater on Monday night "tough," as one would expect. After just 23 games, the Mets made changes they felt necessary and Rojas, as well as the rest of the team, had to deal with it.

“It’s tough. Tough night," he told reporters via Zoom on Tuesday. "I mean, I always share the respect I have for Chili as a coach overall, and as a hitting coach, Tom Slater. So it’s just a tough night. That was the first reaction of those two guys let go.”

But does Rojas have any qualms about his current job status? (SNY's Andy Martino reported Tuesday that Rojas' job is currently not in jeopardy.)

"No. Those are the type of things I do not think about, just because in my field, it’s very disrespectful for the group here to worry about that instead of worrying about the team," he explained. "So that’s not my concern right now. My focus is on today’s game. One hundred percent. So nothing outside of that.”

Pete Alonso shares the same thought process now, saying he hasn't even begun to think about Rojas potentially leaving the team.

"I haven’t even thought about that," he said. "Again, that’s a very good question, but all we have to do — we can’t worry about these changes. It’s tough not to think about it, it’s tough not to focus on those. But we gotta win a f—king ballgame today. I’m sorry for cursing but we gotta win today as much as this is really important. We’re facing a really good team today."

Alonso was also pretty vocal about Davis and Slater being reliever of their duties, saying "it just doesn't make sense right now."

These organizational change will be hanging over the heads of the team for now, but if they can start winning and hitting better, talks will naturally diminish. And with that, so will speculation that Rojas' firing is next.

So that's the main focus for the skipper, who won't entertain any comments of the sort.

“With all due respect to the guys in the room who work really hard on a daily basis, players and coaches and all our staff that travels with us and is at Citi Field, that’s where my focus is," he said.