June 17, 2021

Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso ‘ready to go’ as Mets’ new manager, Luis Rojas, prepares for spring training (ESPN)


New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom pitched for new manager Luis Rojas in the minor leagues, as the two-time Cy Young Award winner was preparing his skill set for the majors.

So you can imagine deGrom’s enthusiasm after New York’s roller-coaster offseason that spring training is almost here and that there will be a familiar face captaining it.

“He knows the game of baseball really well,” deGrom said of Rojas. “He communicates really well with everybody. You ask every guy in there that has been around him. Just a good baseball guy and a really good person.”

The Mets could use that type of steadying force following a dizzying four-month spell. After firing manager Mickey Callaway in October, the Mets hired Carlos Beltran to replace him in November, only to part ways with Beltran in January. Finally, with the sign-stealing scandal simmering a bit and the roster all but set for spring training, New York ultimately ended up with Rojas.

“Our main focus,” deGrom said, “is on what we need to do.”

The Rojas hire was, by far, the top talking point among the Mets on Saturday at the organization’s annual Fan Fest. While several members of the team were asked about the sign-stealing scandal,…

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