BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Kevin Boles has been named the Binghamton Rumble Ponies’ manager for the 2019 season, the team announced on Wednesday. He will be the 16th manager in franchise history. The move comes three days after former Rumble Ponies’ manager Luis Rojas was named to the New York Mets’ major league coaching staff.
Boles comes to Binghamton after managing the Boston Red Sox’s triple-A affiliate, the Pawtucket Red Sox, the past five seasons. He also has experience managing in the Eastern League, spending three seasons at the helm of the Portland Sea Dogs.
In 2014, Boles’ Pawtucket Red Sox team won the Governor’s Cup, the International League’s championship. He was named the International League’s Best Managerial Prospect in 2018 by Baseball America.
Boles told 12 Sports on Wednesday, his first goal as Rumble Ponies’ manager is to get to know the players in the Mets’ organization and then continue to develop a winning-culture in Binghamton.
“We want to make sure we’re competitive, that we’re a winning-ball club in Binghamton,” said Binghamton Rumble Ponies manager Kevin Boles. “But again, we want to develop winning players for the big leagues down the road and just want to create a good atmosphere and get things rolling. Our guys are going to work, that’s for sure. We’re going to get things going.”
“Bringing Kevin Boles into the organization is once again a great win for the organization as they continue to try to shake things up and make things bigger and better,” said Binghamton Rumble Ponies owner John Hughes. “(I) heard that Kevin is a great person to work with on a day-to-day basis and really strong in player development, which is what we primarily focus on, on player development, so he’s going to add a lot to that.”
Boles told 12 Sports that Allard Baird played a huge role in him getting the job in Binghamton. Baird was hired as the New York Mets’ Vice President and Assistant General Manager of Scouting and Player Development in November after spending the past 12 years in Boston, the same organization Boles coached in since 2008, and Boles said Baird worked hard to get the deal done.
From 2011-13, Boles managed the Sea Dogs in Eastern League and he told 12 Sports, what he remembers most from managing against Binghamton is all the talent the B-Mets had.
“(They had a) lot of great prospects,” said Boles. “I remember back, first time I would see Syndergaard, deGrom. I remember the arms. There was a special pool of pitching that went through and obviously, a lot of these guys are now having success at the major league level. It was a fun time. I enjoyed Portland. Portland was great. Coming in to Binghamton, it was always a battle. It was always fun to compete against their clubs.”
Hughes on the similarities between Boles and former Rumble Ponies’ manager Luis Rojas:
“Over the past couple of years, we’ve really started to put some wins in the box scores, and also with regards to player development,” said Hughes. “I think Kevin is just going to bring more of the same and continue the tradition that Luis started. He’s really going to add a lot of that positive energy that came with Luis.”
The Rumble Ponies open the 2019 season on April 4 against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.