With Pitching Coach Tom Signore still recovering from a concussion, a source has informed Brooklyn Baseball Banter that Dave LaRoche may be headed back to Coney Island this summer to serve as pitching coach.
This will be dependent on whether or not Signore is medically cleared for baseball activities when the Cyclones season opens on Friday, June 19th in Staten Island.
LaRoche has working down a extended Spring Training with the Mets and recently celebrated his 67th birthday with some Mets coaches, including Edgardo Alfonzo and Benny Distefano.
Signore began the 2014 season as the Interim Pitching Coach for the Las Vegas 51s while Frank Viola was recovering from heart surgery. During warmups one day, Signore got hit in the head with a baseball and suffered a concussion. He managed to return to the field a few days later. In June he transferred to Brooklyn when Viola was medically cleared to return to the field.
Signore served as Pitching Coach for the Cyclones from Opening Day until July 13th, when symptoms related to the concussion began to act up again. After Ron Romanick filled in for a few games, the Mets decided to have LaRoche fill in as Interim Pitching Coach so Romanick could return to his role of Minor League Pitching Coordinator. Signore’s return took longer than expected, and he ended up missing the remainder of the 2014 season. LaRoche did inform Brooklyn Baseball Banter at the end of the 2014 season that he was planning on going back to retirement.
Signore did make a return to the field for Spring Training in 2015 and was named Pitching Coach for the 2015 Brooklyn Cyclones. However in March, Signore suffered a setback due to symptoms and has been recovering.