When Luis Rojas reported to spring training with the Mets last year, he was the first quality control coach in the team’s history. His many responsibilities included on-field coaching, like helping the utility man Jeff McNeil on his transition to the outfield, as well as streamlining how the front office communicated analytics information to the players.
“I am going to be that source that brings in the information to our coaching staff and to our players,” he said one day at the team’s facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
The job was another step on a steady rise through the Mets organization for Rojas. On Wednesday he took another big, unexpected leap when Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the team was making Rojas its next manager.
“I think it’s the fit,” Van Wagenen told reporters. “It’s where the team is. I think it’s the culture we’re trying to create.”
The move came in the middle of a tumultuous off-season for the Mets. They fired Manager Mickey Callaway in October after his second season in charge and hired Carlos Beltran, a highly respected former player with no previous managing experience, as his replacement a month later.
But Beltran never…