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Reid Brignac, Field Manager

Brignac (pronounced Brin-yac) begins his third year as manager of the Rumble Ponies and fifth year in the Mets organization, coming off leading the Rumble Ponies to the postseason for the first time since 2017. In 2023, under Brignac’s tutelage, the Ponies went on a second-half surge, going 39-27 overall and 17-5 over their last 22 games. Brignac’s team swept the Somerset Patriots in the Eastern League Division Series to lead the Ponies to the ELCS before falling to Erie.

In 2022, he led a team that saw five players make their major league debut with the Mets after starting the season with the Rumble Ponies, tying a Binghamton franchise record (Francisco Álvarez, Brett Baty, Jose Butto, Nate Fisher, and Bryce Montes de Oca). Brignac also was the Mets’ representative on the Arizona Fall League coaching staff after that season, serving as the manager of the Peoria Javelinas. Brignac enjoyed a long and successful playing career, spending parts of nine years in the major leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, and Miami Marlins. He was initially drafted by the Rays in the second round of the 2004 MLB Draft.

AJ Sager, Pitching Coach

Sager begins his second season as the Rumble Ponies’ pitching coach and was named the Mets Minor League Staff Member of the Year for his efforts last year. Sager’s pitching staff in 2023 set a Binghamton franchise record with 15 shutouts and took home five Eastern League honors, highlighted by Mike Vasil winning Eastern League Pitcher of the Month for May and Dom Hamel being named EL Pitcher of the Month for September. Sager’s staff also ranked first among the 30 Double-A clubs in strike rate and walks issued, and second in opponent on-base percentage. On September 7 at Hartford, right-hander Joander Suarez threw the eighth no-hitter in franchise history, facing the minimum 21 batters over seven innings.

Sager previously spent 20 years coaching in the Detroit Tigers organization and pitched for parts of five seasons in the major leagues, playing for the San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies, and Tigers as part of a 12-year professional career. In 123 major league appearances, the right-hander was 12-15, with five saves and a 5.36 ERA.

Darin Everson, Hitting Coach

Everson begins his second season as the Rumble Ponies’ hitting coach and in the Mets organization. Last season, Everson guided an offense that notched seven walk-off wins, had a player have 4+ RBIs in a game 12 times, and saw two different players hit three homers in a single game (Jose Peroza, Luke Ritter). Everson spent the prior five seasons as the Colorado Rockies hitting coordinator. He also served as the organization’s Triple-A hitting coach in 2017, Double-A hitting coach from 2013-2014 and as the club’s Double-A manager from 2015-2016.

Mariano Duncan, Bench Coach

Duncan begins his third year as bench coach with the Rumble Ponies and sixth year in the Mets organization. He previously served as the bench coach for the Brooklyn Cyclones (High-A) in 2021 and in the same role with Kingsport in 2019. The former infielder played 12 major league seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, and Toronto Blue Jays. He is a two-time World Series champion (’90 Reds and ’96 Yankees) and was inducted into the Dominican Republic Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.

Juan Loyo, Development Coach

Loyo joins the Rumble Ponies staff as the team’s development coach. Loyo is in his second year as a coach in the Mets organization. He spent last season as the development coach for the Mets High-A Affiliate, the Brooklyn Cyclones. Loyo compiled a career .263 batting average over 124 games in the Mets farm system from 2018-2022, appearing in at least one game at every level.

Ryan Orr, Strength Coach

Returning for his third year as performance coach is Ryan Orr. Orr was named the Eastern League Strength Coach of the Year in 2023, which is voted on by the strength coaches around the league. Orr is in his fourth year in the Mets organization, previously serving as the strength coach for High-A Brooklyn in 2021. He previously was a performance coach for two seasons in the Los Angeles Angels organization.

Vanessa Weisbach, Head Trainer

Re-joining the Ponies’ staff in 2024 is Athletic Trainer Vanessa Weisbach. Weisbach served as the Rumble Ponies’ athletic trainer in 2022 and is in her ninth year with the Mets organization. She also assisted the New York Mets Athletic Training Staff at the end of the 2022 season. Last season, Weisbach served as the athletic trainer for the Syracuse Mets, the Mets Triple-A Affiliate.

Will Moscato, Baseball Analytics Analyst

Moscato begins his first season as Baseball Analytics Analyst and second year in the Mets organization. Moscato joins the Rumble Ponies after spending the 2023 season in the same capacity with the Low-A St. Lucie Mets. Originally from Berkeley, California Will went to college at Macalester College studying Applied Mathematics and pitched on the baseball team. Following graduation Moscato spent a year in Rouen, France playing semi-professionally before joining the Mets in the Minor League Analytics group.

Hunter Broadbent, Player Development Associate

Player Development Associate Hunter Broadbent comes to the Mets organization by way of the University of Connecticut, where he graduated in the spring of 2023 and served as the Director of Baseball Development / Analytics for the Huskies. During his time with the program, he oversaw player development technology, created an analytics team, recruited and hired team managers, prepared detailed advanced scouting reports, and assisted in on-field drills. He has also spent time in the Cape Cod Baseball League, where he won a championship in 2022 with the Bourne Braves, leading their baseball operations and advance scouting efforts. A Dedham, Massachusetts native, he is the son of longtime Red Sox Video Coordinator Bill Broadbent, allowing him the opportunity to grow up at Fenway Park learning the game from a young age alongside four World Series-winning teams.

April Post, Nutrition Associate

Post begins her first season as the Nutrition Associate with the Rumble Ponies. Born and raised in Omaha, NE, Post completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she graduated with a BS in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences. Following her graduation from Nebraska Post spent time as a fitness coach at Orangetheory Fitness while pursuing other performance nutrition endeavors. April is looking forward to coming to Binghamton and keeping the team fueled so that their stomachs are never the ones rumbling.

Rosalie Mumford, Athletic Training Associate

Rosalie Mumford M.S., ATC, will be joining the Rumble Ponies as the team's Athletic Trainer Associate in her first season with the NY Mets. She received her B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina (2020); M.S. in Athletic Training from the University of Michigan (2023); and became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 2023. She worked with both the South Carolina and UMich Athletic Departments (2018-2021) and with the Baltimore Ravens (2022) where she was awarded the PFATS Female Athletic Training Scholarship. Recently, Rosalie worked at IMG Academy. She is a lifelong Mets fan and a Brooklyn Cyclones season ticket holder.

Mike Vavalle, Clubhouse Manager

Vavalle enters his eighth season in Binghamton and his sixth as the Home Clubhouse Manager of the Double-A Mets.