Last year’s Cyclones skipper has just punched his ticket for another ride.
Tom Gamboa, who just missed the playoffs last season when he led Brooklyn’s Boys of Summer to a 42–34 record, will be back at the helm this year, the team has announced.
Gamboa is bringing back much of last year’s coaching staff, with pitching coach Tom Signone — whose hurlers led the league with a 2.74 earned-run average — coming back, along with trainer Kiyoshi Tada and conditioning coach Joe Lego.
Another familiar face will be Yunir Garcia, the former Cyclone (2003–04) who begins his first season as the team’s hitting instructor. Garcia, who made it to triple-A ball in 2006, previously served as hitting coach for the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League.
Brooklyn hasn’t made the playoffs since 2012, and hasn’t finished in first place since 2007. The team’s last championship came in 2001, when it shared the title with the Williamsport Crosscutters.
The Clones 15th season begins on June 19 across the Narrows with a home-and-home set against the hated Staten Island Yankees. Opening Day at MCU Park will be the following night.
Tickets are available at the team’s Surf Avenue box office, online at brooklyncy