New Britain Rock Cats (2012: 75-67)
Mgr: Jeff Smith
PC: Stu Cliburn
HC: Chad Allen
Binghamton Mets (2012: 68-74)
Mgr: Pedro Lopez
PC: Glenn Abbott
HC: Luis Natera
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (2012: 61-81)
Mgr: Gary Allenson
PC: Tom Signore
HC: Richie Hebner
Around the Horn
• Nine of the 12 teams return their manager from last season. Edwin Rodgriguez (Akron), Carlos Garcia (Altoona), and Gary Allenson (New Hampshire) are the three new Eastern League skippers.
• Only three clubs (Binghamton, Harrisburg, and Richmond) retained their entire field staff from 2012.
• Tony Franklin is the longest tenured manager in the EL as 2013 will mark his seventh straight season with the Thunder.
• Harrisburg is the only team where the entire staff has played in the major leagues with Matt LeCroy logging 476 games, Paul Menhart appearing in 41, and Eric Fox for 116 games.
• Gary Kendall remains the only EL manager with no MiLB playing experience as he came up through the ranks of coaching college and scouting.
• Six managers (Allenson, Franklin, Garcia, LeCroy, Smith, and Wathan) also played in the Eastern League. Wathan played for four separate EL teams in his career that included New Haven (1999), Portland (2001), Akron (2003), and Reading (2007).
• Rodriguez became the first Puerto Rican-born major league manager when he took over the Florida Marlins during the 2010 season after Fredi Gonzalez was fired.
• In the Eastern Division, Allenson is the only manager that has a career losing record (984-1055) and in the Western Division, Machemer is the only manager with a career winning record (1534-1517).
• Franklin is the circuit’s oldest manager (62) and LeCroy is the youngest (37).