Rojas pitching batting practice, 2012
|Seattle Mariners – No. 48|
April 17, 1963 |
Miguel Angel Rojas (born April 17, 1963, in Miami, Florida) is an American professional baseball coach and the 2014–2015 bullpen coach of the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball. A former coach, minor league manager and player development official with the Detroit Tigers' organization, he joined the Mariners' staff under new skipper Lloyd McClendon, who was the hitting coach under Jim Leyland when he and Rojas were with the Tigers.
Rojas is the son of former MLB second baseman, coach, manager and scout Cookie Rojas, still in baseball as a television analyst on the Miami Marlins' Spanish network. Rojas' brother Victor is the TV play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Mike Rojas joined the Tigers' organization in 2004 and was named Detroit's MLB bullpen coach since July 3, 2011, when his predecessor, Jeff Jones, was promoted to Detroit's pitching coach position. He served in that post until the end of the 2013 season.
Previously, he had held posts as the Tigers' director of player development, field coordinator of instruction, roving minor league catching instructor and minor league manager at the Short Season-A, Class A and Triple-A levels. He has also managed in the Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox organizations. From 1987–1991, he coached in the college ranks as an assistant with St. Thomas University (Florida).
Rojas is a former catcher who played in the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays farm systems during the 1980s. His Baseball-Reference page lists him as playing only in 1983–1984, but his mlb.com biography credits him with four years of minor league service, through 1986. He threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg) as an active player.
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