The gates at NYSEG Stadium opened up Tuesday for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies annual media day.
We were able to meet the new staff and players, while also seeing some familiar faces.
But, one thing’s for sure, it was good to be back.
While the stadium’s field is still getting it’s face lift finished, there were some noticeable differences if you looked around the ballpark.
Some of the changes to NYSEG are new seats, and new video boards in both left and right field.
Also among the changes in Binghamton baseball is the coaching staff.
That includes new Ponies manager Kevin Boles.
Boles comes to Binghamton from Triple-A Pawtucket, and has spent the last decade in the Boston Red Sox organization.
While it may seem like going from the Triple-A affiliate of the reigning world champions to the Double-A Mets club is a downgrade, Boles says that he’s here for a reason, and that’s to develop winners.
“Well, Allard Baird was the one who brought me over. We worked together the last 11 to 12 years over with Boston. So, when Allard Baird decided to come over with the Mets, obviously it was a great fit. He’s a terrific person, and to give me this opportunity, because we’re trying to build a winner here. we’re trying to develop world champion players. So, that’s what the mission is. And so, Allard’s on that, and I’m definitely going to follow suit,” he said.
Hear from some of the players Wednesday on NewsChannel 34 as the Ponies prepare to open their 2019 season a day later in New Hampshire against the Fisher Cats.