Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Mets: Luis Alou or Luis Rojas....



Here is something I didn't know. Did you know that Moises Alou's real name was Moises Rojas? I didn't. His brother Luis Rojas who is the Mets Quality Control Coach (Still don't know what that job does*) had to change his name from Alou to Rojas in the minors.

From the NY Post.
The 37-year-old native of the Dominican Republic has a father who played and managed in the major leagues, a brother who was selected to six All-Star teams — finishing his career with the Mets — and two famous uncles who along with Rojas’ father made the family baseball royalty in the 1960s and ’70s.
In the Mets organization for the past 13 seasons, he has been known as “Rojas.” But Luis Rojas came to the United States as Luis Alou — son of Felipe, brother of Moises and nephew of Matty and Jesus.
“For me, I am blessed to represent the family every chance I have,” Rojas said.
It was in the Nationals’ farm system — after previous stints playing in the minors with the Orioles and Marlins — that Rojas said he was asked to conform with his birth certificate and change his name from Luis Alou to Luis Rojas. The family name is Rojas, but his father, brother and uncles used Alou, the surname of Luis Rojas’ paternal grandmother.
Read more here.

*As quality control coach, Rojas serves as a liaison between the Mets front office and the field staff, bringing information to manager Mickey Callaway’s attention that can be implemented in the game plan. Rojas also works on positioning the outfielders and has helped in Jeff McNeil’s transition to becoming a left fielder.

Okay, I guess that makes it less vague.

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