Baseball Returns to Coney Island in Two Weeks!

BaruchIn just a mere fortnight, baseball will finally return to MCU Park after 5 long months.

The Baruch College Bearcats will open the college baseball season on Saturday, February 25th with a doubleheader against the SUNY – Old Westbury Panthers. First pitch for the first game will be at 12 PM with the 2nd game starting roughly half an hour after the first.

The AccuWeather forecast currently calls for February 25th to be in the mid-50s with no rain, perfect weather for spring baseball.

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South Ferry Terminal Set to Reopen This Summer

southferry2Getting to a game at RCB Ballpark in Staten Island will be just like it was during the 2012 season, as Time Warner / Spectrum NY1 News reported that the MTA plans to reopen the South Ferry Terminal Station this coming summer.

This will bring an end of Hurricane Sandy repair work for the South Ferry – Whitehall Street Station, following over 4 years of repairs, reroutes and closings.

The “New” South Ferry Station opened in March 2009, replaced the old South Ferry “Loop.” The new terminal station, can hold two full length trains, while its predecessor could only accommodate the front half of a train.

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Gary Cornish Suspended 50 Games For Drugs

Gary Cornish (c) Pat Sanchez

Gary Cornish (c) Pat Sanchez

ESPN’s Adam Rubin has reported that Gary Cornish, who made 14 relief appearances for the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2016, has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for amphetamines.

The Mets drafted Cornish in the 19th round of the 2016 MLB Draft from University of San Diego.

Once he signed, Cornish was sent to Brooklyn where he appeared in 14 games out of the bullpen, finishing 7 games, with 3 saves. In 25 innings pitched, he allowed 24 hits, 6 earned runs, walked 3 batters and struck out 44 of the 100 batters he faced, good enough for an impressive ERA of 2.16.

Mark Fratto Returns for 7th Season as Voice of MCU Park

Mark Fratto (c) Pat Sanchez

Mark Fratto (c) Pat Sanchez

Mark Fratto has informed Brooklyn Baseball Banter that we will be continuing as PA Announcer of the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2017. This will be Fratto’s 7th full season as MCU Park’s Public Address Announcer, and 9th overall.

Mark Fratto moved from backup announcer to the main announcer halfway through the 2010 season, when “Announcer Guy” Dave Freeman became an Official MLB Scorer.

In addition to announcing the Cyclones, Fratto served as announcer for other MCU Park events, including the 2014 Big East Tournament, the Brooklyn Bolts, & the WBC in September 2016.

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Mets Affiliates Update: 12/21/16

milb-mets-2017The new year is just 11 days away, so it’s time to see where things stand with the Mets minor league affiliates throughout the country.

We’ll start off the most local of affiliates, with the Brooklyn Cyclones, who will have at least three new faces in the dugout next season. Tom Gamboa has retired from Managing, so we will have the 11th Manager in Cyclones history. Trainer Gavin Grosh & Strength Coach Joe Lego are no longer with the Mets. Sean Ratliff could be back to lead the Cyclones to another horrific offensive season. No word yet on Billy Bryk Jr.’s future with the Mets.

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Staten Island Rebrand Fails; Will Remain Yankees

SI YanksYankee haters can continue to yell “Yankees Suck!” at RCB Ballpark next season, as just a tad over six months since Nostalgic Partners LLC they announced that they would be dropping the Yankee name from the Staten Island Yankees, it was announced that they will retain the Yankees name for at least the 2017 season.

In a press release on the Staten Island Yankees website, Staten Island Yankees CEO Will Smith stated that “over time it became clear that the approval and acceptance of the new name and artwork would take longer than initially anticipated” before announcing Staten Island would retain the Yankees moniker for 2017.

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SOURCE: Bolts Could Make Move to Arena Football

Farewell BoltsA source within the now-defunct Fall Experimental Football League has informed Brooklyn Baseball Banter that Brian Woods, who served as Commissioner of the FXFL during its two year run, is exploring the possibility of moving the Brooklyn Bolts and/or Blacktips to other football leagues.

One league being considered by Woods is the struggling Arena Football League, which is now down to just 5 teams. However, Woods is considering multiple leagues and venues throughout the country.

The source also stated that it is unknown if the Bolts would consider remaining Brooklyn by playing at Barclays Center.

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SOURCE: Cosmos to MCU Park was Unlikely

new_york_cosmos_2010-svgWith the New York Cosmos, as well as the North American Soccer League, on the brink of folding, a source within the Brooklyn Cyclones front office informed Brooklyn Baseball Banter that “while there were talks about moving the Cosmos to MCU Park, it was highly unlikely.”

The Cosmos did play a few games at MCU Park, but there were several factors that precluded the Cosmos from moving in full time. For starters, the NYU Violets, MCU Park’s primary spring tenant, pays a lot of money for the rights to have first selection of dates for their home games and practices.

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