The 2019 season for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies has officially begun.
Coming off a down season last year, the Ponies will look to have a better showing this year, beginning Thursday night in New Hampshire.
The man steering the ship is new skipper Kevin Boles, who’s making his return to the Double-A level, coaching with Portland for three years before jumping to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Boles gave the ball to former first round pick Anthony Kay Thursday, naming him the team’s Opening Day starter.
Boles said what he saw from Kay in Spring Training helped make the decision easier.
As for Anthony, he’s just looking to go out and do his part to help the team win.
“I love how he competes. He’s aggressive to the zone, fastball’s to both sides of the plate, feel for a changeup and breaking ball. He’s a guy who pitches with a pretty good tempo. So, there’s a lot to like there. I got to see him at Major League camp. He fit right in. Didn’t have nay fear against Major League hitters. Hopefully that carries over here,” Boles said.
“Just pitch the best I can. Go out there and try to put zeroes up on the board. Go out there and dominate,” says Kay.