Luis Rojas is a new name to most Mets fans, but not to his players — and those who played for him in the minor leagues are confident the rookie manager will be up to the task of guiding the team through what could be a tricky transition after Carlos Beltran was let go due to his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal from 2017.
“I wouldn’t call it a rocky offseason,’’ Pete Alonso said Saturday, at the Mets’ FanFest at Citi Field, of the tumultuous last few weeks. “I think the stuff that happened with Carlos is very unfortunate. He’s very knowledgeable about the game, but I think Louie is gonna do an absolutely excellent job.’’
Alonso is one of several players that got to know Rojas coming up through the Mets’ minor league system. Alonso played parts of two seasons for Rojas at Double-A Binghamton in 2017 and 2018.
“The dude never loses his cool,’’ Alonso said. “He never hits the panic button. He’s always so prepared. He doesn’t just use his knowledge of the game, he uses his instincts very, very well. He’s paid his dues managing in the minor leagues, he’s paid his dues managing in the Dominican [Republic].’’
And now he’ll…