Binghamton Rumble Ponies Kick Off Season With Media Day And Meet The Ponies DinnerPosted: Updated:
Binghamton, N.Y. - Rumble Ponies baseball is back in Binghamton with their season opener on Thursday in New Hampshire against the Fisher Cats. The gates at Rumble Town opened on Tuesday for the 2019 season Media Day. A season with a new split season format, a brand new coaching staff and a newly renovated NYSEG stadium.
"New is always great" said Rumble Ponies owner John Hughes. "We're really looking forward to all these things coming together at the same time."
Manager Kevin Boles will lead the Binghamton Rumble ponies after managing in the Boston Red Sox organization for nearly a decade. The forty-three year old was ready for a new challenge and felt like Binghamton was the perfect opportunity for him.
"I was looking for a new challenge" said Boles. "My time with Boston was great. I got to end as a winner. But, now I'm looking for a new challenge and to develop a winner here. We're looking to develop World Series caliber players. So, when Allard Baird suggested I come over here. I ran with it."
Kevin Boles, introduced as the Ponies manager in December, will take the reins in Binghamton following a five-year stint managing the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate in the International League. Boles spent three seasons managing in the Eastern League with the Portland Sea Dogs from 2011 through 2013.
Jonathan Hurst 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). As a player, the righty pitched 12 seasons professionally, including time in the Major Leagues with the Mets in 1994.
Tony 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. The former infielder player six seasons professionally after signing with the Texas Rangers organization in 1998.
Ender 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. Chavez, a Venezuela native, enjoyed an eight-year playing career that included two stints in the Mets organization. He is the younger brother to beloved former Met Endy Chavez.
Kiyoshi 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). He is a certified Muscle Activation Technique Specialist and resides in Aichi, Japan in the off season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
- Andres Gimenez - Top Prospect
- Anthony Kay- Top Prospect
- Will Toffey - Top Prospect
- Stephen Villines - Top Prospect
- Desmond Lindsay - Top Prospect
- Patrick Mazeika
- David Peterson - Top Prospect
- Ryder Ryan
A full preview on the Binghamton Rumbles Ponies 2019 season tomorrow on Fox 40 at 10 p.m.