Rest assured, Mets fans, the new manager Luis Rojas is a good man who won't cheat the baseball game.
These strong words come from his father Felipe Alou, in his first comments that Rojas became Mets manager at the age of 38. Alou managed to play 14 years in the majors after a 17-year career. He is an icon in the game.
The scandal surrounding the theft of electronic signs with the Astros cost Carlos Beltran the manager of Mets and opened the door for Rojas.
"The man is good and I think the baseball man is good," Alou said of his son's The Post on Wednesday. "It's not just that I think I know. He's a straightforward person, and I believe that the game should find more young men like this these days, the game needs them. I know that he can be a clean manager who respects the game.
"I believe that the game should put away some of the technological things they cheated on at the moment, and there should be a big investigation to make it stop happening," said Alou.
Rojas changes from trainer to manager. He has managed eight years in the Mets Minor League system.
"I know baseball man Luis Rojas can hold his own in the big leagues, he's ready," said Alou. "I moved a long time for the Mets, the small league Mets, for the Binghamton team, the Port St. Lucie Mets because of my son.
"Luis is doing things right," said Alou, 84, who still works as a consultant for the Giants. “He worked hard for a long time, even though he's still a young man, but he was born into baseball.
"I feel really bad for Carlos Beltran," said Alou. "I have a great relationship with him and Luis told me that he already had a great relationship with Carlos. It is really sad what happened. I hope Carlos will come back to the game one day.
His son Felipe Alou said he had all the tools to be a good manager.
"Luis did the winter ball, which is a tough task, at home in Santo Domingo, and he always won," said Alou. “I visited him in Port St. Lucie because it was about an hour and a half from my apartment. He knows the game. And he knows people. He is well informed when it comes to statistics and information.
“It reminded me of my first job, I was at the Montreal Expos and the manager [Tom Runnells] was fired and I took over and half of the team had played in the small leagues for me, it was really a no-brainer for me and the same for Luis, while Mets played for him in the small leagues. The boys knew me and I knew them and Luis has the same situation, more or less. "
Alou and his brothers Jesus and Matty all played for the Giants. When Matty and Jesus left the Dominican Republic to follow Felipe, Alou's father was asked what would happen to your boys.
"My father said that," Felipe recalled. "& # 39; I don't know if they'll be good players or what, but I'm going to send three men to baseball, three men. & # 39; I say that about Luis. Luis Rojas is a man and that doesn't say only me, his father, but everyone who knows him says that. "