Rumble Ponies Announce 2019 Coaching StaffPosted: Updated:
Binghamton, N.Y. - Believe it or not, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies opening day is less than a month away and today, the Rumble Ponies announced their 2019 coaching staff. First-year manager Kevin Boles will be joined by pitching coach Jonathan Hurst, hitting coach Tony Jaramillo, bench coach Ender Chavez, athletic trainer Kiyoshi Tada, and performance coach Kory Wan.
Hurst, Jaramillo and Chavez all enjoyed professional baseball careers. Hurst, pitched twelve seasons professionally, including time in the Major Leagues with the Mets in 1994.
Boles was introduced as the Rumble Ponies manager back in December after leading the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate for five years. Boles also spent three seasons managing in the Eastern League with the Portland Sea Dogs from 2011 through 2013.
The only returning face is performance coach, Kory Wan. He returns for his third season in Binghamton and fifth overall in the Mets organization.
Hurst enters his 14th season as a pitching coach in the New York Mets organization. The South Carolina native prepares for his first season coaching at the Double-A level after spending the last three years with the Columbia Fireflies (Low-A).
Jaramillo gets set for his first season coaching in the Mets organization. The native Texan spent the last three seasons as assistant hitting coach for the Cincinnati Reds.
Chavez joins the Rumble Ponies staff after serving as hitting coach in Columbia (Low-A) last year. The 2019 season will be his ninth in the Mets organization and his first in the role of bench coach.
Tada enters his 11th season of professional baseball and first at the Double-A level. He spent last year with the St. Lucie Mets (High-A).
Boles and the Rumble Ponies kick off the season on the road on Thursday, April 4 against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The Rumble Ponies will take the field at newly-renovated NYSEG Stadium for their home opener on April 11 against the Erie SeaWolves.