Showing posts with label Brooklyn Cyclones. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brooklyn Cyclones. Show all posts

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mets News: Brooklyn Cyclones to Host Penn League All-Star Game


Mets News:


According to ESPN Reporter Adam Rubin , The Brooklyn Cyclones will host the 2014 New York-Penn League All-Star Game at MCU Park on Aug. 19.

The Cyclones last hosted the event in 2005, in the inaugural year of that league's annual All-Star Game.

The Cyclones, and the rest of the New York-Penn League, mostly will have their rosters filled with college players drafted this upcoming June.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 9/3: Kingsport Eliminated from Playoffs, Cyclones woes continue with fifth straight loss


Mets Minor League Roundup 9/3:


RK - GREENEVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 3: One strike away from a first-round playoff victory, the K-Mets surrendered five runs in the top of the ninth and instead were eliminated in a winner-take-all Game 3 in the Western Division title series. Asked to protect a one-run lead, Ricky Jacquez and Robert Coles combined to allow the damage in the final frame. The K-Mets had taken a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth when Yeixon Ruiz walked and scored on Jeff McNeil's sacrifice fly. K-Mets starter Robert Whalen took a shutout bid and 2-0 lead into the seventh. He ultimately was charged with two runs, although the latter scored after he departed. Kingsport was making its first postseason appearance since 1996. Box

SS - TRI-CITY 6, BROOKLYN 3: The Cyclones' season-ending tailspin continued with a fifth straight loss. Brooklyn (37-37) will enter its season finale Wednesday needing a win to avoid the first losing season in the New York-Penn League team's 13-year history. Last week, John Gant tossed a one-hit complete game against Tri-City. This time, Gant surrendered six runs (five earned) on five hits while walking three and striking out two in two-plus innings. Trailing 2-0, the Cyclones evened the score in the second. James Roche and Matthew Oberste had consecutive one-out singles. Edward Rohan then produced an RBI single and Ismael Tijerina had a run-scoring groundout. But in the bottom half, Tri-City retook the lead. John Gant uncorked a two-out wild pitch with Jake Rodriguez on third base. The ValleyCats took control in the third. Tyler White singled and Conrad Gregor walked. Ronnie Mitchell then had a two-run triple to chase Gant. Cameron Griffin entered and surrendered a sacrifice fly. Oberste's seventh-inning solo homer completed the scoring. The Cyclones loaded the bases for Gavin Cecchini later in the frame, but Tri-City reliever Tyler Brunnemann retired him to end the threat. Griffin, Paul Paez and Ricky Knapp combined for six scoreless relief innings in the loss. Box

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/30: Rafael Montero takes the loss for Vegas, Brooklyn snaps 5 game winning streak, Travis d'Arnaud goes 1 for 4 in GCL action


Mets Minor League Roundup 7/30:


AAA - NASHVILLE 3, LAS VEGAS 1: Prospect Rafael Montero started the game going 6 innings, giving up six hits, 2 runs, walking 3, and striking out 7. He took the loss (2-3).  Zach Lutz went 2 for 4 in a losing effort. The only Vegas run came on a Kirk Nieuwenhuis pinch hit single in the eighth which scored Lutz. Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 3, ALTOONA 2: Wilfredo Tovar and Blake Forsythe each provided run-scoring extra-base hits and three B-Mets relievers combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Binghamton, which produced only five hits, pieced together a pair of singles and received some help from the Curve to get on the board in the first inning. Daniel Muno led off with a single against Altoona starter Nick Kingham. Cesar Puello followed by smoking a grounder to third. Adalberto Santos made a diving stop, but errantly fired to second, allowing Muno to move to third. Muno scampered home on a passed ball by Carlos Paulino. B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon made the lead stand, posting five scoreless innings to begin his outing. The southpaw stranded the bases loaded in the fourth. Binghamton broke through in the sixth. Darrell Ceciliani had a leadoff single and scored on Tovar's triple. Forsythe added to the lead and ended Kingham’s night with an RBI double for a 3-0 lead. Cohoon (6-3) surrendered two singles to start the sixth and gave way to Ryan Fraser. Justin Howard greeted the righty with a pinch-hit RBI double. Paulino cut Binghamton’s lead to one with an RBI groundout. Fraser bounced back and stranded the tying run at second by retiring pinch hitter Andy Vasquez. Fraser fell back into trouble in the seventh, allowing a one-out double. Chase Huchingson stranded the inherited runner. Jeff Walters recorded the final four outs for his league-leading 30th save. Box

A+ - TAMPA 4, ST. LUCIE 1: The Yankees had a three-run first inning against Domingo Tapia and held the Mets to four hits. Kevin Plawecki singled to plate Cory Vaughn with the Mets' lone run, in the second inning. Kyle Johnson had a one-out double in the third, but was stranded. Matt Reynolds had a leadoff double in the seventh, but also was stranded. Lucas Duda went 0-for-4 and played left field in his second game with St. Lucie on a major league rehab assignment. Tapia allowed two hits and one walk and hit a batter while allowing three runs in the first. He settled down and allowed four runs on four hits in six innings with five strikeouts and two walks. Angel Cuan tossed two scoreless innings. Bret Mitchell struck out two and allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth. Box

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/29: Matt den Dekker goes 4 for 6 in Double Header, Lucas Duda goes 1 for 4 for St.Lucie, Cyclones win fifth straight


Mets Minor League Roundup 7/29:


AAA - LAS VEGAS 8, SACRAMENTO 3
LAS VEGAS 10, SACRAMENTO 4 (7 innings): Starter Matt Fox allowed one run in five innings in Game 1. Matt den Dekker went 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored. In game 2, The 51's had 14 hits including a Jordany Valdespin's 3-run HR. Jamie Hoffman lead the way with 3 hits (2 doubles) and two RBI's. Greg Burke got the win (2-1). Matt den Dekker went 2 for 3 with a RBI. Den dekker has raised his Average to .271 Box 1, Box 2

A+ - ST. LUCIE 5, TAMPA 4: Rob Refsnyder’s throwing error allowed two runs to score with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as the Mets rallied past Tampa. Jayce Boyd had a one-out single. After Gilbert Gomez pinch-ran, Kevin Plawecki doubled to put runners at second and third. Matt Reynolds received an intentional walk and Robbie Shields struck out. Then, with the bases loaded and two outs, Kyle Johnson ripped a 2-2 pitch to second. Refsynder knocked it down before throwing the ball away, toward the Yankees dugout, to allow Gomez and Plawecki to score. Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and played left field in his first game with Class A St. Lucie on a rehab assignment. Johnson went 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored. T.J. Rivera had two hits and an RBI double. Shields added a double and a run scored. Rainy Lara received a no-decision despite throwing seven innings and allowing two runs and eight hits with no walks. T.J. Chism allowed two runs with two outs in the top of the ninth as the Yankees took a 4-3 lead. Cody Satterwhite recorded the final out of that half-inning to earn his first win. Box

A - ASHEVILLE 5, SAVANNAH 4: Hunter Carnevale allowed a pair of seventh-inning runs as Asheville overcame a 4-3 deficit. Box

RK - KINGSPORT 4, ELIZABETHTON 0: Martires Arias tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Luis Rengel and Ricky Jacquez on the shutout. Leadoff hitter Yeixon Ruiz scored three runs. Jeff McNeil went 3-for-3. Box

SS - BROOKLYN 4, HUDSON VALLEY 0: Carlos Valdez tossed six scoreless innings as the Cyclones won their fifth straight. It marked the second time this season Valdez went six innings without allowing an earned run. This time, he allowed four hits, walked one and struck out three before handing the ball to Akeel Morris. Morris tossed three shutout innings to continue his spectacular season. Through 25 innings, Morris has yet to allow an earned run. He has struck out 31. Matthew Oberste got the Cyclones on the board with a long ball. The homer was Oberste’s second of the season. The other came June 19 against Staten Island. After hitting only four homers through the first 36 games of the season, the Cyclones have now gone deep four times in their last four games. Oberste finished 2-for-3 with a walk. Brooklyn scored two more runs in the fourth. Oberste was involved again, leading off with a walk. Alex Sanchez followed with a double that put two runners in scoring position. James Roche took advantage, producing a two-run double. Roche has 11 doubles, tied for the team lead with Jared King. The Cyclones tallied their final run in the fifth, on a groundball that should have gotten the Renegades out of the inning. With two outs, Sanchez hit a grounder to shortstop Julian Morillo. Morillo intended to get Oberste out on the force at second, but bobbled it as King scored from third. Box

RK - GCL CARDINALS 5, GCL METS 2: With the score tied at 2, Gaither Bumgardner (0-2) was charged with three runs on four hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings. Travis d'Arnaud caught four innings and went 0-for-3. Vicente Lupo homered in the loss. Box

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/27: Valdespin goes 3 for 3 for Vegas, Brooklyn tops Staten Island, Jon Niese pitches two innings for GCL


Batting .513 for Vegas

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/27:


AAA - LAS VEGAS 9, SACRAMENTO 4 : Jordany Valdespin is still hitting for Vegas going 3 for 3 with a double, triple, and 1 RBI. He is now batting .513. Matt den Dekker went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI's. Catcher Juan Centino went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI's and Leadoff hitter Mike Baxter went 1 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI's. Giancarlo Alvarado started the game got the no-decision going just 4 innings. Justin Hampson got the win in relief (5-2). Rehabbing Pedro Feliciano closed the game striking out 1. Box

AA - TRENTON at BINGHAMTON (ppd.)

A+ - LAKELAND 13, ST. LUCIE 1: Starter Alex Panteliodis allowed seven runs in two innings. Cory Vaughn drove in St. Lucie's lone run. Box

A - SAVANNAH 3, AUGUSTA 2
SAVANNAH 3, AUGUSTA 1: The Gnats posted a walk-off win in Game 1 as Eudy Pina delivered a game-tying single and Cole Frenzel followed with a game-ending single in Savannah's final at-bat. Marco Camarena tossed a seven-inning complete game. In Game 2, Matt Koch took a perfect game into the seventh, when he allowed a leadoff triple. Koch allowed only one hit and one run in a seven-inning complete game. Frenzel drove in two of the Gnats' three runs. Box 1, Box 2

RK - KINGSPORT 7, BRISTOL 5: Jonathan Leroux went 3-for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs. Starter Chris Flexen (4-1) allowed three runs in seven innings. Box

SS - BROOKLYN 3, STATEN ISLAND 2: Patrick Biondi's seventh-inning single scored Colton Plaia and Juan Carlos Gamboa as the Cyclones took the decisive one-run lead. Kevin McGowan tossed three scoreless relief innings for his second save. Box

RK - GCL NATIONALS 8, GCL METS 5: After Jonathon Niese allowed four runs (one earned) in his first rehab assignment, reliever Lenny Rosario allowed four runs in two innings. Travis d'Arnaud drove in three runs. Box

Friday, June 21, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/20: Ike Davis goes 3 for 5 with 2 HR's for Vegas, Matt den Dekker goes 2 for 4 for St. Lucie, Brooklyn wins first


Mets Minor League Roundup 6/20:


AAA - LAS VEGAS 7, TUCSON 5:  A day after reaching base five times against Triple-A Tucson, Ike Davis homered twice and finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored Thursday night as Las Vegas beat the Sidewinders, 7-5. Davis has increased his Pacific Coast League average to .306 through 10 games.  Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 4, RICHMOND 3: The B-Mets scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk in the seventh as Phil McCormick’s free pass to Allan Dykstra plated Alonzo Harris. Binghamton (44-27) has won eight straight series. Trailing 1-0, the B-Mets clawed back against Richmond starter Chris Gloor in the third. Cory Mazzoni singled. Josh Rodriguez followed with a double and Dykstra walked to load the bases. With two outs, Richard Lucas drove in two runs. An inning later, Blake Forsythe reached when third baseman Adam Duvall failed to field a chopper. Forysthe ultimately scored on Gloor’s balk. Richmond took advantage of a B-Mets misplay to tie the score at 3 in the fourth. With two outs and a runner on second, Ryan Lollis rolled a grounder to shortstop Daniel Muno. The throw bounced past Dykstra at first base, allowing an unearned run to score. Richmond then tied the score on Mark Wagner's RBI single. In the seventh, Harris bunted for a single. Representing the go-ahead run, the speedy outfielder stole second. A parade of walks followed. Gloor was pulled after issuing a free pass to Muno. Scott Shuman entered and fanned Rodriguez before walking Travis Taijeron to load the bases. McCormick entered to face Dykstra and missed the outside corner on a 3-1 pitch, forcing in the go-ahead run. Mazzoni (3-2) struck out eight while allowing three runs (one earned) in six innings. He collected his first win since May 19. Jim Fuller made his Double-A debut, working around a one-out walk in a scoreless seventh. The southpaw also struck out Jarrett Parker to begin the eighth. Jeff Walters earned his league-leading 17th save. Box

A+ - ST. LUCIE 8, PALM BEACH 6: Newly promoted Kevin Plawecki belted a three-run homer in his first Florida State League at-bat and finished 2-for-5 with four RBIs. Jayce Boyd also went 2-for-5 and drove in a run in his FSL debut. St. Lucie starter Domingo Tapia allowed six runs on 11 hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. Trailing 6-5, Matt den Dekker scored on an error and Plawecki delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh. Den Dekker went 2-for-4 with a walk and scored twice in his fourth game since returning from a broken wrist. Box

A - SAVANNAH 5, LEXINGTON 1: Maikis De La Cruz drove in the tying run in the fifth with an RBI single. He then scored on an errant throw while stealing third as the Gnats improved to 44-26. Savannah starter Logan Taylor (1-1) allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out nine in six innings. Hunter Carnevale and Beck Wheeler combined for three scoreless relief innings. Box

R - JOHNSON CITY 9, KINGSPORT 3: K-Mets starter Martires Arias allowed five runs (three earned) in 1 2/3 innings as Kingsport lost its season opener. Jeffrey Diehl went 3-for-5 with an RBI in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 3, ABERDEEN 0: John Gant limited Aberdeen to three hits and two walks while striking out six batters in five scoreless innings as the Cyclones (1-2) notched their first 2013 win. Gavin Cecchini walked with one out in the third and stole second base. L.J. Mazzilli drew a walk to put men on first and second. Jared King then doubled, scoring Cecchini and moving Mazzilli to third. Matthew Oberste grounded back to the pitcher and Mazzilli was thrown out at the plate for the second out. With two outs, Julio Concepcion hit a fly ball that was dropped by right fielder Manny Hernandez, scoring King for a 2-0 lead. Box

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Mejia, Johnson, Cyclones, Tejada, Wright, Wilpon, Backman, Phillies


Mets News and Notes:

Jenrry Mejia will enter the rotation Saturday at Milwaukee, with Jeremy Hefner moving to the bullpen.

Nats manager Davey Johnson delighted in officially eliminating the Mets from division-title contention. "That made me a little happy," Johnson told Washington reporters postgame. The Mets' tragic number for wild-card elimination is 12.

The Brooklyn Cyclones mustered only one hit and were eliminated from the New York-Penn League playoffs Sunday. Both Mets affiliates to qualify for the postseason -- St. Lucie and Brooklyn -- were eliminated in a winner-take-all Game 3 in the opening round.

Ruben Tejada, who previously had confirmed he would train during the offseason in New York and Port St. Lucie, told Kevin Burkhardt (Twitter link) that he will work out with Jose Reyes at the Garden City, L.I., facility where Reyes has trained for several years. Among the other athletes who train together there: Pedro Beato, the Rockies' Adam Ottavino and Mets minor leaguers Cam Maron (Hicksville High product), John Mincone (Half Hollow Hills East) and Steven Matz (Ward Melville).

David Wright and Jeff Wilpon visited the Squad 18 firehouse in lower Manhattan on Monday morning.

Wright told Marc Carig in Newsday there have been no developments with a contract extension. "I don't think it's the right time, but I guess I'll answer your question," Wright said. "There's nothing new. I guess status quo." Said Wilpon: "I think we've said all along that we plan on keeping David and we want David to be part of the organization long term. Let's not get into the contract. He didn't want to negotiate during the season. We're not going to negotiate during the season. We'll find the right time to sit down and talk."

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Chipper Goodbye, Collins, 2013 Season, Harvey, Cyclones



Mets News and Notes:

The Atlanta Braves completed a three-game sweep with a 3-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

Chipper Jones, in his farewell to Flushing, walked on four pitches as a pinch hitter in the ninth and was replaced by a pinch runner. He received a standing ovation as he returned to the dugout, capping warm treatment by Mets fans for the most part all weekend.

Chipper ultimately went 0-for-7 with two walks in his final series in Flushing.

Writes columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post:

Showing their class, the 23,161 fans gave Jones a warm send-off, a standing ovation, mixed with some diehard boos, as he came to the plate, and then another standing ovation as he left the field. Three steps from the dugout, Jones took off his helmet to acknowledge the cheers. It was a wonderful baseball moment. “It was cool,’’ Jones said. “I heard a bunch of boos in there, spattered, but for once the cheers outnumbered the boos.’’ Jones also brought out the lineup card, snapped a picture with the umpires, and was cheered.

“You can’t say enough about the fans in New York this year, they’ve been awfully supportive, both in person, out on the field, on Twitter,’’ Chipper explained. “The Mets organization rolled out the red carpet all weekend and has been extremely nice. I’m very appreciative.’’

Said David Wright, who ended up making the game's final out: "As much as the fans like to get on him over the years, I think they respect his body of work and respect his career and the way he's carried himself. And what he's been able to do on the field is obviously a nice cap to a Hall of Fame career.

"You think of Chipper Jones, you think of the Braves. Growing up, I had TBS just like everybody else. Braves games were always on. I think that it goes hand in hand. You think of Chipper Jones, you think of the Atlanta Braves. I think he's represented the organization tremendously. I think the next stop will hopefully be the Hall of Fame."

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Dickey, Davis, Expected Losses, Mets Road Trip, Gee, Tejada, Chipper, Cyclones, Prospects, Suspension


Mets News and Notes:

R.A. Dickey notched his 18th win, which is now tied with Washington's Gio Gonzalez for the major league lead, and Ike Davis belted a three-homer as the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-2, Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

Dickey is now two wins shy of becoming the Mets' first 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990.

Ike Davis' 26 homers are tied for fifth most in franchise history by a first baseman, trailing only Carlos Delgado (38 in 2008 and 2006), Dave Kingman (37 in 1982) and Eddie Murray (27 in 1993). Mo Vaughn also had 26, in 2002.

Of Davis' 26 homers, a National League-high 19 have come on the road. San Diego's Chase Headley and Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, who both play in spacious home ballparks, are tied for second in the league in road homers with 17 apiece.

The Mets are expected to lose $23 million this season, Josh Kosman reports in the Post. Sandy Alderson has identified last year's loss as $60 million, but the Mets' payroll was slashed roughly $50 million during the past offseason, helping to close that deficit despite lower attendance in 2012.

The Mets completed their road trip to Philadelphia, Miami and St. Louis with a 6-3 record. They trail Philadelphia (66-71) by a game for third place in the division, but the Mets (65-72) have opened a five-game lead on the Marlins (60-77) for fourth place.


No surprise, but Terry Collins told reporters in St. Louis that Dillon Gee is assured a rotation spot next season assuming he is healthy, which is expected to be the case following surgery to repair a damaged artery.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Official Call-ups, Gee, Strasburg, Final Game in Buffalo, Cyclones, Drama in the Ninth


Mets News and Notes:

With Buffalo's season complete, the Mets have summoned six additional minor leaguers to St. Louis: Jordany Valdespin, right-handers Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Elvin Ramirez, left-hander Justin Hampson and outfielder Fred Lewis.

Buffalo manager Wally Backman is due to join the Mets on Sunday. Zach Lutz, Nickeas and McHugh already had been added -- giving the Mets nine extra players in total.

Dillon Gee joined the Mets in St. Louis. He already has been cleared to begin tossing a baseball following surgery to repair a damaged artery in his pitching shoulder.

Stephen Strasburg's final start of the season will be Sept. 12 against the Mets at Citi Field.

Buffalo was rained out at Lehigh Valley on Monday in what is expected to be its final game affiliated with the Mets. Las Vegas has been widely speculated as the Mets' next Triple-A home, but a minor league source said do not rule out Nashville over Las Vegas if the Mets have a choice between those markets. The Brewers currently are affiliated with Nashville and may re-up, though.

Meanwhile, The Brooklyn Cyclones sliced its magic number to one with two games remaining to clinch the New York-Penn League's wild card. Like Buffalo, Binghamton and Savannah completed their seasons Monday. St. Lucie opens the Florida State League.

Finally, Collin McHugh's second major league start lasted only four innings, with McHugh surrendering four runs.

The drama, though, came late. With the Mets trailing by a run in the ninth, Andres Torres seemingly led off with a double. But at the instruction of injured ex-Met Carlos Beltran, the St. Louis Cardinals successfully appealed to rookie ump Dave Rackley that Torres missed the first-base bag. The Mets, deprived of the baserunner, lost shortly thereafter, 5-4, on Monday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

Rackley and crew chief Dale Scott stood by the call, despite vehement protest from the Mets. The crew noted neither Torres nor first base coach Tom Goodwin initially complained about the call.

Rackley told Terry Collins he would not have made the ruling had he not been positive it was correct.

"He went over the front corner with his toe and it just kicked dirt up onto the base," Rackley said.

Said Scott after reviewing the video with his crew: "It was exactly what [Rackley] described. His foot went over [the bag], the toes hit the ground, the heel never did [hit the bag]. And did you see where [Rackley] was? He was right there to make the call."

Countered Murphy: "We had access to video. I'm sure you guys did, too. So we know the answer to that."

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Injury Updates: Johan Santana gets rehab assignment in Brooklyn Sunday


Sandy Alderson said Johan Santana will appear in a minor league rehab game with the Brooklyn Cyclones for three innings Sunday.

Santana landed on the DL after a July 20 start, officially with a right ankle sprain, although team officials say that contributed to shoulder fatigue.

Alderson believed Santana would return to the majors Saturday against the Braves at Citi Field.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Video: Cyclones Win Game 2 against Staten Island Yankees


The Cyclones have forced a Game 3 against the Staten Island Yankees with a decisive 12-5 on the Rock. Gersh Kuntzman, the dean of the Cyclones press corps, interviews the heroes of the game.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Brooklyn Cyclones Season Preview


While the big club has played good baseball over the past few weeks, New York Mets Single-A short season affiliate, the Brooklyn Cyclones, open their season this Friday night on the road against the Staten Island Yankees.

The borough of Brooklyn is preparing for another exciting summer of baseball, especially after the Cyclones came up one game short last season for the New York-Penn League Championship title.

The team held its preliminary workouts this week, as several of the new players will be beginning their professional careers in Brooklyn. Still, six Cyclones players from last year will return to this year’s team—pitchers Hunter Carnevale, T.J. Chism, Chris Hilliard and Guillaume Leduc; catcher Amauris Valdez; and infielders Jet Butler and Brian Harrison.

Though legendary Met Wally Backman won’t be a stalwart this season at Coney Island’s MCU Park, the Cyclones will have a plethora of Major league experience manning the dugout.

Rich Donnelly takes the helm as the Cyclones new manager, with Backman being promoted to Binghamton. Donnelly has over 25 years of coaching experience for the Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was an advisor for player development for the Pittsburgh Pirates before being named the Cyclones manager.

Highlighting the offseason coaching acquisitions, former Met Frank Viola takes over as the team’s pitching coach. Viola pitched for the Mets for parts of three seasons and is the last Mets pitcher to win 20 games in a season (1990). The lefty hurler, who also attended St. John’s University in Queens, will be a valuable resource for the young Cyclones pitching staff.

The final roster is still uncertain, since the Mets have yet to sign all of their draft picks. First-round pick Brandon Nimmo remains unsigned, but the Wyoming outfielder may make his debut this season with the Cyclones. He’s likely in for a culture shock playing in Brooklyn.

The 2011 draft picks that will be playing for the Cyclones are the following: Fresno State switch hitting shortstop Daniel Muno; outfielder Jonathan Clark from Lee University in Tennessee; 6’4” outfielder Charley Thurber from the University of Tennessee who was born in Elmira, NY; and outfielder Travis Taijeron from Cal Poly Pomona.

Though there will be some new faces, the same hard-nosed style of baseball will be played this season.

Who on this year’s squad will be the next Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani or Rylan Sandoval?

Head to MCU Park to find out!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Brooklyn Cyclones want Christina Aguilera to sing Anthem


Obviously Not a Met Fan
Everyone deserves a second chance,  that's what the Brooklyn Cyclones believe anyway.

The Mets' minor league affiliate is offering Christina Aguilera an opportunity to give the national anthem another go.

The pop singer flubbed the Star Spangled Banner's lyrics during the Super Bowl on Sunday. When Aguilera was supposed to sing the line "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming," she instead repeated an earlier line, with a small variation.

"When a player makes a mistake, they usually don't get a shot at redemption, but with a singer, that's a different story," said Cyclones General Manager Steve Cohen.

No word yet from Aguilera's people on whether she'll accept the offer.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Audio: Frank Viola talks to Joe and Evan (WFAN) about his new gig with Cyclones



Frank Viola talks to Joe and Evan about his new role with the Cyclones.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Rich Donnelly will be named Brooklyn Cyclones Manager


Rich Donnelly will be named manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Bergen Record reported.

Donnelly most recently was a minor league instructor for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He served as the third base coach for the Milwaukee Brewers from 2003-05 and the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2006-07.

Wally Backman, who managed the New York-Penn League team last season, is expected to be named manager of the Double-A Binghamton Mets.
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