Luis Rojas

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Note: This page is for Luis Rojas who became a major league manager in 2020; for others with the same name, click here.

Luis E Rojas

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

IF/OF Luis Rojas is the son of Felipe Alou (whose true family name is Rojas) and brother of Moises Alou, Jose Alou and Felipe Alou Jr.. In 2012, he was appointed manager of the Savannah Sand Gnats, in the South Atlantic League, after serving as their coach the previous two seasons.

He played briefly in the minor leagues, with the GCL Expos in 2004, where he hit .240 in 37 games as an infielder/outfielder.

After being a manager in the minor leagues from 2011 to 2018, Rojas was promoted to the parent New York Mets's coaching staff in 2019 as the quality assurance coach. Like his father, he has also been a manager in the Dominican League. He also guided the Dominican national team in the 2019 Premier 12. When newly-hired manager Carlos Beltran was forced to resign in January 2020 because of his role in the 2017 Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, Rojas emerged as the favorite to succeed him. The decision was made official on January 23rd. It was very popular with Mets players, as 1B Pete Alonso - who had played under his guidance with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies -, 2B Robinson Cano and P Marcus Stroman all immediately sent out messages endorsing the decision to hire him even before it was officially announced.

However, his two seasons at the helm of the Mets did not go well, especially the second in 2021, when the highly-paid team was in first place for over 100 days, but eventually finished third, with a record below .500. It was a time of front office turmoil and it was clear that whoever would be named the next General Manager of the team would want to hire his own manager. Therefore, no one was really surprised, least of all Rojas himself, when the Mets declined to pick up his option for the next year the day after the season ended. He did not stay unemployed long as a month later, he was hired by the New York Yankees to be their third base coach in 2022.

Preceded by
Carlos Beltran
New York Mets Manager
Succeeded by
Buck Showalter

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2011 GCL Mets Gulf Coast League 27-29 8th New York Mets
2012 Savannah Sand Gnats South Atlantic League 69-67 6th New York Mets
2013 Savannah Sand Gnats South Atlantic League 77-61 4th New York Mets League Champs
2014 Savannah Sand Gnats South Atlantic League 85-51 2nd New York Mets Lost in 1st round
2015 St. Lucie Mets Florida State League 68-70 7th New York Mets
2016 St. Lucie Mets Florida State League 74-61 5th New York Mets Lost in 1st round
2017 Binghamton Rumble Ponies Eastern League 85-54 2nd New York Mets Lost in 1st round
2018 Binghamton Rumble Ponies Eastern League 64-76 9th New York Mets
2020 New York Mets National League 26-34 4th (t) New York Mets
2021 New York Mets National League 77-85 3rd New York Mets

Further Reading[edit]

  • Nathalie Alonso: "Back for '21, Rojas motivated by new regime",, November 25, 2020. [1]
  • Anthony DiComo: "Mets hire 'respected' Rojas as new manager: Son of Felipe Alou, skipper has spent 13 years in organization",, January 22, 2020. [2]
  • Anthony DiComo: "5 challenges Rojas will face as Mets skipper",, January 23, 2020. [3]
  • Mike Fitzpatrick: "Luis Rojas out as Mets manager after 2 losing seasons", Yahoo! Sports, October 4, 2021. [4]
  • Donald Heath: "Gnats manager Rojas following in family footsteps", Savannah Morning news, April 4, 2012. [5]
  • Gabe Lacques: "'He speaks the truth': Mets rally around new manager Luis Rojas after Carlos Beltran's ill-fated tenure", USA Today, February 12, 2020. [6]
  • Justin Toscano: "Mets to name Luis Rojas as new manager to replace Carlos Beltrán", USA Today, January 22, 2020. [7]

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