Former Mets captain David Wright is visiting the team at Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, FL this week and Wednesday morning he offered some praise for the club’s new manager Luis Rojas.Rojas spent eight seasons as a minor league manager in the Mets organization before being hired to lead their MLB team. His time in the minors coincided with the end of Wright’s career, which was filled with injuries and featured multiple rehab stints. Speaking to reporters from Spring Training, Wright noted his time playing for Rojas and complimented the new Mets’ manager.
"Having that calm demeanor soothes the clubhouse"David Wright had the chance to play for Luis Rojas while he was rehabbing and thinks he'll do a great job as manager: pic.twitter.com/xGeknZ1AKk
— SNY (@SNYtv) March 11, 2020 “It’s going to be great because he never gets too high, never gets too low,” Wright said about Rojas. “To have that kind of presence and to have the baseball background that he has and just that even-demeanor, I think is going to be very beneficial, especially in New York where sometimes every win, every loss is end of the world or best team ever type stuff.”The baseball background for Rojas that Wright mentioned has widely been viewed as an asset for their new manager. In addition to his coaching experience, Rojas comes from an impressive family lineage. As the son of former player and manager Felipe Alou, and the brother of ex-Met Moises Alou, Rojas had great examples to learn the game from. Wright also highlighted Rojas’ desire to keep learning, “he wants to be a sponge, he wants to take in as much as he can,” he said.Retiring after the 2018 season, back, neck and shoulder issues caused Wright to play just 77 games in the last four years of his career. Even with the disappointing finish to his career, the former third baseman remains one of the most respected players to wear a Mets’ uniform.
Wright still contributes to the franchise in an advisory role to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, where he was credited last year for helping design Jacob deGrom’s $137.5 million contract extension.