Former Mets manager Mickey Callaway, now the pitching coach for the Angels, recently spoke with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic about the hire of Luis Rojas as the team's new manager.
"He's going to do just fine," Callaway told Rosenthal. "He's very prepared. Great baseball mind.
"Managing and coaching in the minor leagues is nothing like managing in the major leagues, but he has the familiarity with the players on his side. He's not going to have to sit there for half a season and get to know what makes these guys tick. That's going to be so valuable to him."
Callaway, who was fired after the 2019 season despite the fact that the Mets won 86 games in what was his second year at the helm, saw his in-game shortcomings exposed during his Mets tenure.
And the Mets expect what was a weak point for Callaway to be a strong suit for Rojas, who spoke with Rosenthal about the initial interview process he was a part of before the team chose Carlos Beltran as manager.
"At that point, I'm feeling pretty good," Rojas said. "I've already gone more than once. You feel you're gaining ground. It's not, 'This is (going to be) me. I've got it.' It wasn't really going through my head like that. But I was having fun going through the process. And I thought I did a really good job going through it, going through the game situations."
After the Mets and Beltran mutually parted ways, Rojas was quickly tabbed as the manager, with most of the players he managed in the minors -- including Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil -- lauding the move.
In Rosenthal's piece, which dives deep into the hire of Rojas and the challenges he might face, he gets thoughts about the new manager from Chili Davis, Brodie Van Wagenen, and others. Read it in full here.