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Gamboa expected to return as Brooklyn Cyclones manager

MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones
MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Brooklyn Baseball Banter, one of the best sites for coverage of the Brooklyn Cyclones, reported this weekend that Tom Gamboa will return for a second season as the Cyclones’ skipper.

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?

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Brooklyn Cyclones name 2014 coaching staff, preview “Jersday Thursday” giveaways

Last week, the Brooklyn Cyclones officially named their 2014 manager and coaching staff. Yesterday, the Brooklyn Eagle published a profile of the team’s new skipper, Tom Gamboa.

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.

The Cyclones also unveiled the jersey designs for their popular “Jersday Thursday” promotion.  My favorite is the “Brooklyn Bridge” jersey that will be given away to the first 3,000 fans at the August 21st game between the Cyclones and Staten Island Yankees. (I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to make it, unfortunately.) You can check out the other designs on the team’s website. 

(Brooklyn Cyclones image)
(Brooklyn Cyclones image)

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