Coaching Staffs Finalized Around the EL

The Thunder announced several weeks ago that Tony Franklin, Scott Aldred and Tom Wilson would all be returning to defend the Eastern League championship they led Trenton to, but that doesn’t mean that other teams around the Eastern League had their coaching staffs assigned yet.

However, three teams recently announced their staffs, with Akron announcing Mike Sarbaugh as their new manager and Connecticut naming Ben Figueroa to the same position.

Also, Binghamton announced that Mako Olivares will be returning for a second season as B-Mets skipper.

Sarbaugh played four seasons for the Aeros from 1991-1994, and spent the last two seasons managing Cleveland’s Carolina League affiliate in Kinston.  Former Orioles reliever Tony Arnold joins Akron as pitching coach, while Lee May, Jr. returns as hitting coach.

Figueroa was most recently Bowie’s bench coach last season, and managed in the Orioles system for five seasons.  He reached the big leagues as an infielder with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1992.

Bob “Steamer” Stanley, a member of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, returns for his fifth season as Defenders pitching coach, while Victor Torres joins the club as hitting coach.  Torres spent five seasons as a hitting coach in the independent Atlantic League with the Camden Riversharks and Newark Bears, and has two sons — Chris and Jason — who play professionally.  Last year, he briefly filled in for Gary Davenport while he was hurt, including a stop in Trenton early in the season.

Olivares, according to The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, will be the first Binghamton Mets manager to return for a second season since 2002.

Former Major League All-Star Ricky Bones will return as the team’s pitching coach, while Luis Natera joins the staff as a hitting coach.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

One Response to “Coaching Staffs Finalized Around the EL”

  1. JP Says:

    I like Franklin. From the stands, it looks like he does a good job of keeping things loose. I’m glad he’s coming back

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