April 17, 2021

Mets making Buck Showalter-like gamble with Luis Rojas (New York Post)

The knee-jerk comparison for Luis Rojas to a Yankees manager would be Aaron Boone, since both come from baseball royalty.

Boone’s grandfather Ray, father Bob and brother Bret all played in the majors — and Bob Boone also managed. Luis Rojas’ father, Felipe Alou, brother Moises and uncles Jesus and Matty all played in the majors — and Felipe managed.

But Boone is not the Yankee manager whose résumé reads like that of Rojas. When Buck Showalter was hired to his first major league managing job in 1992, he was 35. He played exclusively in the minors. He managed at multiple stops in the Yankee system for five seasons. He was a major league coach for two years, working with many he had tutored in the minors.

The Yankees were in crisis. George Steinbrenner was in the midst of what was supposed to be a lifetime suspension and from 1989-91 the Yankees had the majors’ second-worst record (212-273) — so bad in 1991 they had the sixth pick in the June 1992 draft and took a high school shortstop named Derek Jeter.

The expectation was that the GM, Gene Michael, would name a veteran been-there-seen-that type such as Hal Lanier or Doug Rader. But Michael, like just about…

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