NEW YORK (AP) — Luis Rojas never expected to be the man behind the microphone.
Eleven days earlier, he was preparing for his second spring training as the Mets’ relatively anonymous quality control coach. Now he was a major league manager, just like his dad, tasked with lifting New York’s perennial No. 2 team to its first World Series title since 1986.
“I will lead this team into success,” he promised.
Carlos Beltrán’s news conference at Citi Field on Nov. 4 was a coronation, held in the spacious Foxwoods Club high above the diamond. Beltrán’s tenure lasted just 84 days, cut short by his role in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. Rojas’ introduction in the more Spartan news conference room near the clubhouse felt like the hastily arranged handover it was.