- Location: Brooklyn, NY
- League: New York-Penn League 2001-2019; High-A East 2021; South Atlantic League 2022-
- Affiliate: New York Mets 2001-present
- Ballpark: Maimonides Park
The Brooklyn Cyclones, formerly of the New York-Pennsylvania League and High-A East and now in the South Atlantic League, came into existence as one-half of a two-team, two-stadium compromise proposed by then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The New York Mets farmhands play their home games at Maimonides Park in Brooklyn, NY.
New York City is one of MLB's two-team markets, most of which are set up with territorial protection rights shared by the two and effective even over the other. Both the Mets and Yankees wanted to place a farm team nearby but could not get past the other's veto power. In 1998, Mayor Rudy proposed to build two stadiums - one in Brooklyn and the other on Staten Island - provided each parent team would allow the other to bring in a farm club.
The Mets purchased the St. Catharines Stompers, the Yankees bought the Watertown Indians, and the 2000 short-season New York-Penn League included those franchises playing in temporary digs as the Queens Kings and the Staten Island Yankees. Giuliani's ballparks opened the next season, hosting the now Cyclones and the SI-Yankees.
They Kings/Cyclones franchise has remained a Mets-owned and operated farm team since moving from Canada. In their inaugural season, the Cyclones were NYPL co-champions. They played as the "Baracklyn Cyclones" on (June 23, 2009) - a move announced during the time of President Barack Obama's first inauguration.
MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization raised the 'Clones two levels. They are one of three teams from the decommissioned NYPL to survive the reorganization as an affiliated team, with all moving up from short-season to full-season ball.
The 'Clones play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as the Brooklyn Jefes (Brooklyn Chiefs, or Bosses).