Rich Donnelly & Tom Gamboa (c) Brooklyn Cyclones

Rich Donnelly & Tom Gamboa (c) Brooklyn Cyclones

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013: Word leaks out that Rich Donnelly will not be returning to the Brooklyn Cyclones. This gets ignored between the bigger news of Jason Kidd “spilling” his soda late in a game and the Newark Bears getting kicked out of the CanAm League.

December 12th: Ally Cohen of WTOV 9, an NBC Affilliate in Steubenville, Ohio tweets out that Rich Donnelly has been named manager of the Tacoma Raininers. Word gradually spreads to Brooklyn Cyclones fans. In the following days, rumors swirl over who will be named manager. Bobby Malek, Benny Distefano, & Garry Templeton top many lists. John Franco, Todd Zeile, Rich Aurillia, Paul Lo Duca, Jack Voigt, Yunir Garcia and Jonathan Hurst are also mentioned as possibilities.

January 8th – January 16th, 2014: Coaching Staffs announced for Las Vegas (AAA), Binghamton (AA), St. Lucie (High-A) & Savannah (Low-A). Benny Distefano and Bobby Malek are not listed on any of those staffs. 2013 Cyclones Pitching Coach Marc Valdes is promoted to Savannah.

January 25th: Bobby Malek retires, thus ending any possibility of being named Cyclones manager & guaranteeing a all new coaching staff in Brooklyn.

January 27: Adam Rubin Tweets that Benny Distefano is expected to be a part of the Cyclones coaching staff in 2014. Many people believe he will named manager, given the fact he had last served as hitting coach for St. Lucie.

Late February 2014: Benny Distefano tells fans at Spring Training he expects to be named Cyclones manager in 2014.

February 28th, 2014: Tom Gamboa is named manager of the 2014 Brooklyn Cyclones.

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About Daniel S. Weiss

I have been an avid Cyclones fan since 2001. In December of 2013 I decided to launch my own blog "Brooklyn Baseball Banter" to cover the Brooklyn Cyclones.

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