Former Brooklyn Cyclones Skipper Rich Donnelly Added to 2018 Coaching Staff


By Jerry Del Priore

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Ex-Cyclones Manager Rich Donnelly Added to 2018 Brooklyn Coaching Staff.

Look who’s coming out of the Brooklyn woodworks just in time for summer baseball on Coney Island.

The New York Mets today announced that Rich Donnelly is rejoining the Brooklyn Cyclones–New York-Penn Mets affiliate (the short-season A-Ball)–coaching staff as a bench coach for the 2018 season.

Donnelly, who brings over three decades of Major League coaching experience to the team, served as the Cyclones manager from 2011-2013 and is just one of two Cyclones managers with over 100 career wins.

Most recently, Donnelly served as the third base coach for the Seattle Mariners from 2014-2015.

Donnelly will handle Cyclones managerial duties for the team’s Opening Season Series against cross-bridge rivals Staten Island Yankees – including Opening Day at MCU Park on Saturday – while manager Edgardo Alfonzo is away from the club during his induction into the Latin American Baseball Hall of Fame.

“Fonzie” is expected to rejoin the team early next week.

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