Brooklyn Cyclones

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Team History[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2][3]

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).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2001 52-24 1st Edgar Alfonzo League Co-Champs
2002 38-38 7th Howard Johnson Donovan Mitchell
2003 47-28 2nd Tim Teufel Lost League Finals Roger LaFrancois Hector Berrios
2004 43-31 3rd Tony Tijerina Lost in 1st round Donovan Mitchell Hector Berrios
2005 40-36 6th Mookie Wilson Donovan Mitchell
2006 41-33 4th George Greer Lost in 1st round Hector Berrios
2007 49-25 1st Edgar Alfonzo Lost League Finals Hector Berrios
2008 45-30 4th Edgar Alfonzo Hector Berrios
2009 45-30 3rd (t) Pedro Lopez Lost in 1st round Jack Voigt Rick Tomlin Joel Fuentes
2010 51-24 1st Wally Backman Lost League Finals Rick Tomlin Joel Fuentes
2011 45-29 2nd Rich Donnelly Lost in 1st round
2012 45-31 4th Rich Donnelly Lost in 1st round Marc Valdes
2013 38-37 7th (t) Rich Donnelly Lost in 1st round Marc Valdes
2014 42-34 5th Tom Gamboa Benny Distefano Tom Signore / Dave LaRoche Edgardo Alfonzo
2015 33-43 12th Tom Gamboa Yunir Garcia Dave LaRoche Edgardo Alfonzo
2016 37-39 10th Tom Gamboa Sean Ratliff Billy Bryk, Jr. Edgardo Alfonzo
2017 24-52 14th Edgardo Alfonzo Sean Ratliff Royce Ring
2018 40-35 5th Edgardo Alfonzo Marlon Anderson Royce Ring Rich Donnelly
2019 43-32 1st (t) Edgardo Alfonzo League Champs Delwyn Young Josue Matos Endy Chavez
2020 Season cancelled
2021 48-70 10th Ed Blankmeyer Nic Jackson Royce Ring Mariano Duncan
2022 Luis Rivera Richie Benes A.J. Sager Chris Newell
The team's mascots with US Marines

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