The regular season is one day behind us, and that means – among other things – hiring and firing season is here for managers, coaches, and executives. To be sure, the hiring piece of the process will generally come later, as many teams are still involved in the postseason. But the firings? They come quickly.
After a disastrous end to a farce of a season, the New York Mets are the first to jump on the train:
Mets say their decisions regarding the remaining coaching staff will be made over the next several days.
Here are statements from Luis Rojas and Sandy Alderson: pic.twitter.com/GkZ09TThlQ
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That’s a firing, by the way. Rojas may indeed stick around to honor his contract and make some money in another role, but when you want to be a manager, and you are still under contract, and the team tells you that you are no longer going to be the manager … you have been fired. (Jayce Tingler, are you up next later today?)
Rojas, 40, took over as the Mets’ manager in January 2020 after newly-hired manager Carlos Beltran was fired for his role in the Astros cheating scandal stuff. A couple disappointing years later, an ownership change, and more front office turnover than he could survive, Rojas is out. President Sandy Alderson and owner Steve Cohen are trying to hire a new chief baseball executive, and they assuredly already knew that the new boss would want to hire his/her own new manager.
The Cubs figure to be retaining David Ross this offseason – and maybe even extend him – so there’s no overlap here in managerial searches or anything like that.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are trying to hire a new General Manager, and at last check, President Jed Hoyer was conducting interviews with a shrinking pool of candidates over the past few weeks.