(Game date: Sep. 30, 2018) — The Toronto Nomads have seen the departure of several front office staff as the 2018 season closed, leaving questions about how the team will move forward under GM Ray Morrell and field manager Hector Salazar.
Earlier this week, Assistant GM Fernando Banda, only hired midway through the year, announced his retirement from baseball management. Long-time scout Shayne Southcott also announced his departure, with 2 years left on his contract.
Team trainer John Kincheloe and bench coach Joe Walker also left the team.
In addition, several players from the organization have retired from baseball, including Victor Gomez, who played just 2 games this year at the major-level, and batted .240 in AAA over 9 games, and Miguel Tafoya, who hit .204 with 8 HR as the club’s main first baseman through much of the year, until Brian Chambliss joined in a trade.
Tafoya, a 3-time all-star, and 2005 rookie of the year, spent his entire 15 season career with Toronto, and is the team’s all-time leader in at-bats, doubles, and strikeouts.
Cale Watts, from AAA Brampton Longhorns, also retired, along with catcher Hong-ryul Oh, who had played 6 seasons at the major-level, earning 4 all-star appearances.