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Mets to hire Luis Rojas to replace Carlos Beltran as manager

Mets to hire Luis Rojas to replace Carlos Beltran as manager

The New York Mets are finalizing a deal to make quality control coach Luis Rojas their new manager, GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday.

Rojas, 38, will replace Carlos Beltran, who stepped down as manager last week after his involvement in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal was revealed. Beltran had been hired in November to replace the ousted Mickey Callaway.

Rojas, the son of the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals’ all-time winningest manager Felipe Alou and brother of former Expos player Moises Alou, has been with the Mets organization since 2007. He joined Callaway’s staff last year to coach in the majors for the first time.

“I think it’s the fit,” Van Wagenen said. “It’s where the team is. I think it’s the culture we’re trying to create.

“He has a good finger on the pulse of this team.”

Rojas had minor league stints with both the Orioles and Nationals/Expos organizations as a player from 2000-05. His dad was 691-717 as manager of the Expos from 1992 to 2001, and his brother was an All-Star with the team in 1994, playing under their father.

After coaching for New York in the Dominican Summer League in 2007, Rojas got his first managerial role with the Mets’ rookie-level team in 2011. He also coached at Class-A and Double-A. The Mets had previously interviewed him for the big league job before hiring Beltran.

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On this date: The Nationals played their first game ever

On this date: The Nationals played their first game ever

It seems like eons ago that the Washington Nationals played in their first game after departing from Montreal.

Saturday marks the 15th anniversary of their inaugural game as they brought professional baseball back to the District of Columbia.

The Nationals opened up the 2005 season on the road at Citizens Bank Park with a matchup against their future rival in the Phillies.

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The game didn't go as planned for Nats manager Frank Robinson, with his squad dropping the first game of their 162-game slate with a defeat, but it was a return to normalcy for baseball fans in the nation's capital who had longed for a team to root for since the Senators left town 34 years prior.

The Phillies beat the Nats 8-4 on Opening Day, but for fans in the District, there was now a team to cheer on when they returned home a few days later for the home opener at RFK Stadium.

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Nats GM Mike Rizzo displays Commissioner's Trophy in neighborhood during quarantine

Nats GM Mike Rizzo displays Commissioner's Trophy in neighborhood during quarantine

Now this is the type of content we love to see. 

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo found a pretty cool yet responsible way to bring some cheer to his neighborhood in the midst of social distancing on Thursday. 

On the day that should have been the Nats’ 2020 home opener Washington’s GM Mike Rizzo displayed the World Series trophy in the window of his home in Navy Yard.

According to The Washington Post’s reporter Barry Svrluga, Rizzo’s gesture was “in honor of Opening Day!” 

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Of course, fans loved this idea. I mean who wouldn’t? 

Fans passing by even stopped to take a picture with the trophy. 

Although we were all thrilled to return to Nationals Park to celebrate the defending World Champions, Rizzo’s trophy display was a way to spread some joy until we can reunite again. 

On a recent conference call Rizzo told reporters, “This is going to be a very, very special Opening Day for us when it happens, so we still have that to look forward to... On the brighter side, the glass half full view is that we’re the reigning world champions and we still are clutching hard to that trophy. We’ve got ourselves a banner-raising ceremony coming, we’ve got ourselves some beautiful rings that we’re going to be able to wear around D.C. in the very near future, so although we’re thinking daily and hourly about the humanity of what’s going on right now, we also have that to look forward to when we get through this thing and we come out the other side and baseball begins again.”

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