The 2016 Brooklyn Cyclones coaching staff is expected to have a new Pitching Coach in 2016. Tom Signore will not serve as Pitching Coach, as the New York Mets have decided not to renew his contract, ending his 2 year stint with the organization.
During his 2 years with the Mets, Signore coached in both Las Vegas and Brooklyn, but wound up missing a good chunk of time, as he was kept off the field for a good chunk of 2014 and all of 2015.
After being named Pitching Coach for the 2014 Brooklyn Cyclones, Signore began the 2014 season as the Interim Pitching Coach for the Las Vegas 51s. Frank Viola was recovering from heart surgery, so Signore filled in. 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, roughly a month, when symptoms related to the concussion began to act up again. After Ron Romanick filled in for a few games, the Mets named Dave LaRoche as Interim Pitching Coach, allowing Romanick to 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.
Signore did make a return to the Mets for Spring Training in 2015 and was named Pitching Coach for the 2015 Brooklyn Cyclones.
However in March, Signore suffered a setback due to recurring symptoms and left the team to recuperate. LaRoche was once again summoned to fill in for Signore at the Mets Extended Spring Training.
Brooklyn Baseball Banter was informed in May that LaRoche was designated to fill Signore’s role should he not be medically clear to resume baseball activities. In June, Signore informed Brooklyn Baseball Banter that he would miss the season.
In September, Signore told the New Haven Register in an interview that he was hoping to return to the field as a pitching coach with the New York Mets.
The odds of Dave LaRoche returning as pitching coach are small, as he announced he plans on returning to retirement.