The New York Mets single-A affiliate, the Brooklyn Cyclones announced their coaching staff for the upcoming 2017 season, and at the helm will be a very familiar face.
Former second baseman and one of the all-time favorite Mets players, Edgardo Alfonzo, is moving up the ranks to manage Brooklyn. Alfonzo had served on the Cyclones’ coaching staff for the last three season, but will now get to lead the team as the 11th manager in the franchise’s history.
Alfonzo contributed to a ton of great memories for Mets fans over the years he played in Queens, so it’s extremely cool to see him get a managing gig with the franchise he helped win an NL pennant in 2000.
His 1999 NLDS Game 1 performance versus the Arizona Diamondbacks is one for the ages. He hit not one, but two home runs in that game. And the second one was a grand slam in the top of 9th with two outs to give the Mets an 8-4 lead. Easily one of the best Mets moments of my life growing up.
The move by the Brooklyn Cyclones is also on par with other Mets’ minor league teams so far this offseason. In early December the Las Vegas 51s named Pedro Lopez as their new manager following Wally Backman’s surprise departure from the Triple-A affiliate.
That move from Lopez from Double-A to Triple-A cause the newly minted Binghamton Rumble Ponies to also need a new manager. Luis Rojas would be tapped for the promotion from New York’s St. Lucie affiliate late last year as well.
The Cyclones open up their season on Monday, June 17th versus the Staten Island Yankees.