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Former Mets manager Terry Collins cannot say enough about Luis Rojas



Former Mets manager Terry Collins cannot say enough about Luis Rojas

Part 27 in the series analyzes the New York Mets

Simulations on show the Mets sitting on 27-24, with a three-game winning streak, as they prepare to play Friday in Atlanta.

Pete Alonso already has 20 homers this season. 2.50 ERA Rick Porcello was the lowest among the team’s initial pitchers. Jed Lowrie received playing time from the bench and hit 0.333 in limited action.

On the other hand, Robinson Cano only received 28 bats – was he hurt? – and posted min.2ule .286 OPS. Dellin Betances’ 9.18 ERA in 23 appearances was a disaster for the bullpen who had performed at a largely respectable level.

The simulation does not and cannot show the level of performance of Luis Rojas in his first season as a major league manager.

38-year-old Rojas is still adjusting to his new job when the Grapefruit League season closes in March because of the 19th COVID outbreak. During the layoffs, Rojas and his staff continued to communicate with the players, receiving updates about their health and training routines.

One advantage Rojas has over the last new manager to guide the Mets into a season, Mickey Callaway, is instant credibility in the organization. Spending 13 years in the organization, eight of them as minor league managers, can have that effect. Rojas spent last season as a Mets quality control coach.

“I think he has very good knowledge about the game, but he is calm,” said former Mets manager Terry Collins. “I watched him run his team and run matches in the minor leagues and he has control over his players, but he has control over himself. He just slowed down the game for himself, he didn’t make hasty decisions and today’s match in the small league is difficult, because your lineup is dictated today, but his players all love it and they all play hard for him.

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“I saw him pulling people out of the game when they were not in a hurry and they didn’t make a big deal about that. I think his attitude would be good for people in New York because basically he has a few veterans’ clubs and one thing veterans don’t want, they don’t want someone so intense and so on every move. You have to let them play a little and I think Louie is a great example of that. “

See a list of High-A St. Lucie Mets from 2015 showed Jeff McNeil, Dominic Smith, Amed Rosario and Michael Conforto among the players who received significant action. The manager is Rojas, who guides the team to fifth in the Florida State League. The following year he brought St. Lucie went to the playoffs, before guiding Double-A Binghamton to the postseason place in 2017. Four years earlier he led Low-A Savannah to the South Atlantic League championship.

Collins, who served as minor league field coordinator for the Mets in 2010 before being hired to replace Jerry Manuel as manager, can appreciate the path Rojas has taken.

“That means a lot because you look down at the people who will be called, [Rojas] will know those people, he will know their personalities, “Collins said. “But the other thing that happens is, when you bring in a player and he doesn’t know you well, because he’s not around you, a veteran man, they will ask the youth, ‘Tell me about this manager. ‘They will draw their own conclusions, but you have people there who say,’ Hey, look, he’s good to play. ‘”

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During spring training, Rojas often spoke with Collins (he served as a consultant to the Mets) and asked many questions.

“I just told him what I was doing, but I also wanted him to make sure he knew he had to do it his way,” Collins said. “I used to call Jim Leyland and Joe Torre and Tony La Russa about various things that happened, but in the end it must be your path, because in the end the players will know if that is not who you are. They feel it. If you become someone unusual you will feel it. “

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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