Brooklyn Cyclones manager Rich Donnelly is leaving the team to become the manager of the Mariners Triple-A affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers, the Rainiers announced on Tuesday.
Donnelly is the managed the Cyclones from 2011-2013 and his 128 wins are the second-most of any manager in the history of the franchise. They were 38-37 last season and got off to a rough start, thanks to a weak offense, but had such a good pitching staff that they nearly made the playoffs anyway.
Donnelly’s career has lasted 43 years so far. In 13 season as a minor league manager, he has a 836-753 record. He has been a major league coach for 27 years with the Dodgers, Brewers, Pirates, Marlins and Rockies. He coached under Jim Leyland for 14 of those years and was a member of the 1997 World Champion Florida Marlins.
One interesting note about the Rainiers, that is where Telecomm and LIU Brooklyn graduate James Jones is expected to begin the 2014 season.
The Cyclones have not yet announced his replacement.