Real leadership from the bottom up. It’s about time, Mets.
Back in 2006, then-Mets GM Omar Minaya got a recommendation from director of international scouting Ismael Cruz to hire a young man to manage in the Dominican Summer League, Luis Rojas, son of Felipe Alou.
“I knew the father, of course, I knew the family,’’ Minaya told The Post Friday at the Citi Field ground-floor press conference for Rojas, the Mets’ 23rd manager, and yes the franchise counts Carlos Beltran as No. 22.
“What I heard about him was that he was a very good young man that had potential,’’ Minaya recalled. “When I first got to meet him there was something about him that was special. There was leadership in a quiet comfortable way.
“I’m a big development guy, developing your players. I love to develop players, but my biggest passion is developing people. He is the first manager to start in the Dominican Summer League, I know of, to manage a major league club. People who know me know I helped develop people like [Braves GM] Alex Anthopoulos, [Brewers GM] David Stearns, [Miami president of baseball operations] Michael Hill. These are guys, along the way, I’ve been fortunate to…