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Meet the Mets

For the second time this offseason the Mets hired a new manager.

So who exactly is Luis Rojas and what makes him qualified for the position?

The young manager already seems to be a popular choice among the players.

He has been placed in an uncomfortable situation and will have some challenges to sort out as spring training is just weeks away (paywall alert).

He will also have to deal with a coaching staff that was supposed to be Carlos Beltran’s and he will have to sort out how to work with them.

So why did the organization hire Rojas instead of someone more seasoned to take the helm?

Even though he has no managerial experience at the major league level, the organization is quite familiar with Rojas and are comfortable giving him the job.

Felipe Alou believes his son will have no trouble taking over the job and even Bruce Bochy has faith in the newest rookie skipper.

According to Brodie Van Wagenen Yoenis Cespedes should offensively be ready to go for spring training, while Jed Lowrie’s status is a bit more uncertain but he has progressed from last year.

After everything that has come out about Carlos Beltran, is he still a Hall of Famer?

Wally Backman was back in court as he stands trial for assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Around the National League East

Derek Jeter might be going into the Hall of Fame a Yankee but he is currently a Marlin and he claims he has a vision for the beleaguered franchise.

The Phillies signed Francisco Liriano and old friend Neil Walker to minor league deals.

Around Major League Baseball

The two newest members of the Hall of Fame met with the media to discuss their careers and what the honor meant to them. Larry Walker would like to go in wearing a Rockies hat but the final decision is up to the Hall.

Mariano Rivera remains the only unanimous selection into Cooperstown but who could be the next to join him?

Next year’s class doesn’t have many new additions that have a shot at being inducted so will this mean that those already on the ballot will see an increase in votes?

Despite Major League Baseball saying that electronics will be introduced in spring training games, the umpires union offered some clarity by saying their judgment will still be the final call on the strike zone.

Despite the Los Angeles City Council pushing for the results of the 2017 World Series to be vacated, Rob Manfred has no plans to grant them their wish. An apology from the Astros is perhaps more realistic to ask for and yet none seem to be forthcoming.

Jeff Luhnow might have lost his job but his tarnished legacy is still prevalent throughout baseball (paywall alert).

The Brewers’ home ballpark will be undergoing a name change and will be called American Family Field.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Maggie Wiggin covered the Rene Rivera news.

Number 7 on Steve Sypa’s prospect list is David Peterson.

On episode 36 of A Pod of Their Own, Sheryl Ring from Beyond the Box score was on the show to try and make sense of the mess that is baseball right now.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1975, Ralph Kiner was finally elected into the Hall of Fame.