Report: Yankees settle on former Mets skipper as new third base coach

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After firing Phil Nevins after the conclusion of the 2021 season, the New York Yankees began the search for a new third-base coach. Extending Skipper Aaron Boone was a priority, and obviously, he was heavily involved in selecting his new assistants.

The Yankees announced on Monday afternoon they had settled on former Mets skipper Luis Rojas as their next third base coach.

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Rojas, 40, joins the Yankees’ Major League staff after spending the last 16 years with the New York Mets organization (2006-21), including the last two seasons as the club’s manager (2020-21). During that span, the Mets went 103-119 (.464) in 222 games.

Rojas was the sixth Dominican-born manager in Major League history. His father, Felipe Alou, was the first when he managed the Montreal Expos (1992-2001) and San Francisco Giants (2003-06) after his 17-season Major League career. Luis and Felipe were the sixth father-son duo to both serve as Major League managers, joining Buddy and David Bell, Aaron and Bob Boone, Connie and Earle Mack, George and Dick Sisler, and Bob and Joel Skinner. His brother, Moises Alou, also played 17 seasons in the Majors with seven different teams.

Rojas was integral in the Mets’ player development process and club-house culture, spending 16 years with the organization. Unfortunately, his time as a manager was cut short due to poor performances in the last two seasons. Injuries plagued the Mets’ pitching rotation last season, and Rojas was unfortunately unable to supplement losses with the talent on hand.

However, Rojas is a baseball-first coach and will bring plenty of essential experience with him to the Bronx.

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