A nightmarish situation for the Mets ended up with Luis Rojas calling his ascension to being named Friday as manager of the Mets “a dream come true.”
Barely one week after Carlos Beltran was jettisoned in the wake of MLB’s investigation into the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scheme, the 38-year-old Rojas was introduced by Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen as the team’s skipper for 2020.
“This is a very exciting day for me, a dream come true for me to become the New York Mets manager. This was my dream,” Rojas said at Citi Field. “Standing here in front of you, I can share it right now. This is a very exciting day in my career.
“I will lead this team into success… I feel like the most lucky person in the world right now as the manager of the New York Mets.”
Rojas, now the second-youngest manager in baseball behind Minnesota’s Rocco Baldelli (by 24 days), has been with the Mets’ organization for 13 years. He has served as a minor-league coach and manager, and most recently last season as the big-league team’s quality control coach.
Van Wagenen, who had brought back Beltran to replace fired Mickey Callaway in November, called Rojas’ hiring “a proud…