With the 2019 season set to get underway in about a month the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, Double-A Affiliate of the New York Mets, have announced their coaching staff for the season.
Kevin Boles, a first-year manager was originally introduced as the next manager of the Rumble Ponies back in December. He spent the last five years managing the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox in the International League. Boles also spent three seasons managing in the Eastern League (the same league that Binghamton is in) with the Portland Sea Dogs also of the Red Sox organization. Prior to his managing career, Boles was a catcher drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 42nd Round back in 1998. He played for their New York-Pennsylvania League affiliate.
Jonathan Hurst will serve as pitching coach for the 2019 Binghamton Rumble Ponies. Hurst is entering his 14th season as a pitching coach in the New York Mets organization. This will be Hurst’s first year coaching at the Double-A level, he was previously with the Single-A Columbia Fireflies for the last three years. Hurst pitched professionally for 12 seasons which included time in the major leagues on the Mets back in 1994.
Tony Jaramillo was named the hitting coach for the 2019 season, this is his first season coaching in the Mets organization. Jaramillo comes from the Cincinnati Reds organization where he was an assistant hitting coach for the last three seasons. As a player, Jaramillo signed with the Texas Rangers in 1998 and played for six seasons in various infield positions.
Ender Chavez will join the Binghamton Rumble Ponies staff as their bench coach in 2019 after serving as the hitting coach for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies last year. This is Chavez’ ninth season in the Mets organization. Chavez, younger brother to popular Mets alumni Endy Chavez played for eight years. This will be Chavez’ first go as a bench coach in the organization.
Kiyoshi Tada will be the team’s athletic trainer in 2019. The Japanese native spent last year with the Class A Advanced St. Lucie Mets. Tada is entering his 11th professional season and is making his first appearance working at the Double-A level. He is a certified muscle activation technique specialist.
Kory Wan will be returning for his third season with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies as the performance coach. This is Wan’s fifth year working in the New York Mets organization. Wan obtained a B.A. in psychology from St. Leo University and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist.
The Rumble Ponies get their season started on April 4th on the road against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Their home opener is on April 11th against the Erie SeaWolves of the Detroit Tigers organization.