GamboaBrooklyn Baseball Banter has received confirmation from a reliable source that Tom Gamboa will return to Brooklyn this summer to manage the Cyclones for the 2015 season. Returning as well are Pitching Coach Tom Signore and Coach Edgardo Alfonzo.

MANAGER: Tom Gamboa 

Gamboa, 66, managed the Cyclones to a 42-34 record, however, they lost the tiebreaker to the Connecticut Tigers and missed the playoffs on the final day of the season. Gamboa was quite popular with fans, as he brought a much more exciting style of play to Brooklyn. Gamboa also managed the 2014 NYPL South All Star Team. Gamboa stated told both Brooklyn Baseball Banter and Cyclones FeverCast after the season that he hoped to be back in Coney Island.


Tom SignorePITCHING COACH: Tom Signore

Tom Signore will return as the Brooklyn Cyclones pitching coach. Signore, 52, had a crazy 2014 season. He began the 2014 Minor League season in Las Vegas filling in for Frank Viola who had undergone heart surgery. During that time, he accidentally got hit in the head with a baseball during a practice session and suffered a mild concussion. Signore then joined the Cyclones before the start of the season and was with the team up until July 16th, when his symptoms began acting up. Signore would end up missing the remainder of the 2014 season.


FonzieCoach: Edgardo Alfonzo

Edgardo Alfonzo who served as a Roving Infield Instructor / 1B Coach last season will be back as well in the same role. The former NY Mets infielder was another fan favorite. Alfonzo, 41, oversaw the baserunning and worked with the Cyclones up and coming infielders last season. He will continue to work home games at MCU Park and the local road games in Staten Island and Hudson Valley. He will also travel to other Mets affiliates, such as Binghamton and Savannah.


Benny10626700_660969367343653_4652536681245123802_nBenny DiStefano, 52, the Lafayette HS product who served as the Cyclones Hitting Coach in 2010 & 2014, will not be returning to his hometown this summer. Distefano has been reassigned to a roving instructor position. He is possibly replacing Jack Voigt as the outfield and baserunning coordinator, as Voigt is headed to Las Vegas.

Dave LaRoche, 66, who took over for Signore in July, has gone back to retirement. He had informed Brooklyn Baseball Banter of this hours after the season ended.

Photo of Signore is courtesy of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Photo of Distefano courtesy of Pat Sanchez.
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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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