Third baseman Eudor Garcia, a 2014 fourth round draft pick who played for the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats last season, has been suspended for 80 games following a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.
Gamboa, 66, led the Cyclones to a 42-34 record in 2014 (only missing the New York-Penn League playoffs because they lost a tiebreaker to the Connecticut Tigers.)
Tom Signore, 52, will return as the Cyclones’ pitching coach after missing much of the 2014 season due to health issues related to being struck in the head by a baseball during a practice session.
Former New York Mets fan favorite Edgardo Alfonzo, 41, will serve as the first base coach during Brooklyn Cyclones home games and road games played against the Staten Island Yankees and Hudson Valley Renegades, according to Brooklyn Baseball Banter. Alfonzo will also serve as a roving instructor in the Mets’ minor league system.
I like to get out to Coney Island to see the Cyclones at least once each summer. Last year, I had the bad luck to see some truly ugly baseball in the New York-Penn League (a 14-4 blowout where the Cyclones and Staten Island Yankees combined for 10 errors still comes to mind vividly), so I’m not really eager to make that trip a priority in 2015.
What do you think of the Cyclones’ 2015 coaching staff?
Former Pittsburgh Pirate Benny Diestefano begins a second stint as the Cyclones’ hitting coach, while Tom Signore joins Brooklyn as the team’s pitching coach after serving in that role for three seasons with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.