In the cold of winter, you don’t really think about baseball so much as football, basketball, and hockey.
However, thanks to some big news involving the Binghamton Rumble Ponies over the weekend, baseball is on the brain.
On Sunday, the New York Mets announced that they are adding former Rumble Ponies manager Luis Rojas to their staff for the 2019 season.
Rojas, who complied a 149-130 record as the skipper in Binghamton, will be taking on the title of Quality Control Coach.
He will essentially be making sure everything runs smoothly between the front office and coaching staffs.
Rojas helped lead the Ponies to an 85-win season in his first year, which included a trip to the Eastern League playoffs.
After this past season came to an end, Rojas was asked to reflect on his time in Binghamton in case he wouldn’t return for 2019.
“There’s really no where else that I would rather be over the last two years. I mean, just the way that I was embraced coming here last year, first year, it was really overwhelming for me. It really made me feel comfortable. I felt, last year, that I had been here before, and it was my first time ever in Binghamton. Mentioned the playoffs, that was a lot of fun, the first year with the Rumble Ponies franchise. Now, the second year, we didn’t get the same outcome, but the people have been the same, if not even better, as far as the treatment,” Rojas said.
A great coach, and a better person, I wish Luis the best of luck with the Mets as he furthers his career.
That now leaves a vacancy as the head of the Ponies clubhouse.
The search for Rojas’ replacement is ongoing.
The Ponies 2019 season begins on April 4th at New Hampshire.