Luis Rojas had no hesitation to join the Yankees

Luis Rojas says it was a very easy decision to put on the Yankees uniform as soon as the Mets from the same city informed him that he would not continue with them.

“I had no doubts,” he said.

Rojas, who came out last month after two years as the Mets manager, was named Monday as the Yankees’ new third-base coach.

The Dominican held talks with some teams, according to himself on Tuesday in a call via Zoom. However, he came into a positive and immediate tune with manager Aaron Boone and the Yankees.

“I know the city. My wife loves the city. My son loves the city. We also have personal matters in the city that interest us a lot. In addition to the organization and tradition that the Yankees represent, ”he commented.

Rojas’ father, Felipe Alou, played three seasons with the Yankees. His uncle, the late Matty Alou, spent part of a year in the Bronx.

Rojas served as a long-time minor league base coach for the Mets. His work with the Yankees will include working with outfielders.

At 40, Rojas is familiar with some of the Yankees players and with the staff. He was manager in the All-Star Game of the South Atlantic League, on a team that included Aaron Judge.

“I’m sure I won’t be a stranger when I get to the clubhouse on the first day,” he commented.

Rojas said the first manager to speak to him when he was hired by the Mets was Boone. The respect between them grew in the last two years.

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Boone said the interview process went smoothly and both parties reached an agreement a week ago.

“I think the whole group fell in love with him, to the degree that they all gave the go-ahead,” he said.

Rojas pointed out that it was “a very healthy process,” which involved a large group.

“There were a lot of questions from different angles, different areas of the game that are real. A lot of new questions and a lot of analytical data, personal questions, questions about baseball, whatever you tell me, there was that ”.

The Mets declined to validate the option to renew Rojas’ contract for 2022 on Oct. 4, a day after finishing 77-85, third in the NL East.

Rojas will take over from Phil Nevin, who was the Yankees’ third base coach since 2018. He was fired shortly after he sent Judge home at a key moment in the AL wild-card game at Fenway Park – Judge he was easily put out and Boston headed to win the game.


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