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Mexico’s manager Edgar Gonzalez, second from left, celebrates with teammates after their 7-3 win over Japan in their international exhibition series baseball game at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)


Gonzalez to Manager GCL Yankees East

Former major leaguer Edgar Gonzalez will take the helm of the Gulf Coast League East in 2018.  The older brother of New York Mets’ first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was also the manager of the Mexican National Team during the qualifying round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Gonzalez, 39, is a former 30th round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays during the 2000 Draft. Out of San Diego State University.  He went on to play in the Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs organizations as well.  He had 193 games at the major league level with the Padres in 2008 and 2009.   In addition, he spent the 2010 season as a member of the Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese Central League.

Joining him with the GCL Yankees East is pitching coach Elvys Quezada and defensive coaches Kevin Mahoney and Tyson Blaser.

Quezada is entering his fourth season as a pitching coach in the Gulf Coast League for the Yankees.  Before joining the Yankees, he was an assistant coach at Manhattan College in the Bronx.  As a player, he was a 15th round draft pick of the Yankees in the 2003 draft.  His minor league career lasted seven seasons between the Yankees, Mets and the independent Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

Kevin Mahoney will be entering his fourth season as a coach for the Yankees and his first as a defensive coach.  He has previously served as hitting coach for the GCL Yankees (2015), Pulaski Yankees (2016), and Staten Island Yankees (2017).  He played five seasons in the minors after being drafted in the 23rd round of the 2009 draft by the Yankees.

Tyson Blaser will be entering his second season as a coach for the Yankees.  Last season he was the bullpen coach for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.  He previously served as the head baseball coach at United Township High School.  Before coaching, he was a catcher with the Yankees organization from 2011-2014.

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