The Newark Bears have announced the signing of Ben Fonseca as third base coach.
Fonseca is the general manager of Zoned Sports Academy in Bridgewater, N.J., where he instructs baseball players, from high school, college and the minor leagues.
The native of Illinois was previously with the Somerset Patriots organization for six seasons as a coach and Director of Baseball Operations
Fonseca spent time as a scout with the Milwaukee Brewers organization. He also served as the Director of Player Development for the Jack Cust Baseball Academy in Flemington, N.J., and worked in the Atlantic League front office.
The team’s new third base coach is excited to join the Bears.
“Coming into the locker room and meeting the coaches—this is a big league staff,” he said. “The atmosphere in the clubhouse is really fun to be around.”
Bears manager Ken Oberkfell and his staff gladly welcomed Fonseca.
“He’s going to help us a lot,” said Oberkfell. “He knows a lot about the game of baseball, been around it a long time. He frees me up a little bit, allowing me to manage from the dugout. There will be a lot more communication that way. It’s a big plus.”
Newark will face off with the New Jersey Jackals on Monday at 6:35 p.m. at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium.