Mets’ Luis Rojas reflects on greatest lesson from father Felipe Alou

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Like many sons and daughters, Luis Rojas will place a phone call Sunday to his dad to wish him a Happy Father’s Day.

Of course, the second-year Mets skipper followed in the footsteps of his accomplished father, former big-league manager Felipe Alou.

“Oh man, my father’s been my university of life, not only of baseball,” Rojas said before the Mets split a doubleheader with the Nationals on Saturday. “He’s taught me a lot of things about baseball and life. He taught me how to be a good son. He taught me how to be a good father. He taught me how to be a good baseball man.

“I think [Sunday] I’ll pay him a call, and we usually thank him for everything.”

The 39-year-old Rojas is the ninth of 11 children Alou had via four marriages, also including half-brother and former Mets outfielder Moises Alou.

Felipe Alou, now 86, was the first player born and raised in the Dominican Republic to reach the major leagues and play in the World Series. In September 1963, the three-time All-Star formed the only all-sibling outfield in baseball history with younger brothers Matty and Jesus with the San Francisco Giants.

Luis Rojas and his father Felipe Alou (in 2006)
Luis Rojas and his father Felipe Alou (in 2006)
Corey Sipkin; UPI

Felipe totaled 2,101 hits over 17 seasons before also becoming the first Dominican manager in the majors in 1992, winning 1,033 games over 14 seasons with the Expos and the Giants.

“More than anything he always raised us with the word of God. He wanted us all to be humble and all of us to be good men, even before good baseball men,” said Rojas, who has one son, named Luis Felipe. “I think one leads to the other to develop.

“That’s probably the biggest advice he’s always given me, to be the same person on and off the uniform. That’s consistently from a young age I think I’ve worked really hard to be the same the whole time. And that’s why at this point, I am who I am. I think that’s the biggest advice he’s given me and he’s helped me become a better person each day.”

Rojas added he remains “open-minded to learn more and more, and it’s because of all the advice” his father has given him throughout his lifetime.

“The last thing I wanted for any one of my children was to become a manager,” Alou told The Post’s Howie Kussoy last year. “I know all the pressure, all the sleepless nights, all the slumps. Managers are going to get fired. So to me, it was kind of like a nightmare that [my sons] Moises or Jose [Alou] or Luis would become a manager.

“But Luis had to be a manager.”

Rojas spent 12 years as a coach and manager in the Mets’ minor-league system and one as Mickey Callaway’s quality control coach before he was promoted to take over the Mets last season after Carlos Beltran was fired before managing a game in the wake of the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.

“[Felipe Alou] has always been proud from Day 1 that I’m a manager at the big-league level,” Rojas said. “He’s always been proud for the different things that I did, whether it’s when I started coaching, or when I started playing professionally, all the stages, everything, every capacity that I’ve been at … He’s just been proud every single time.”

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