Edgardo Alfonzo (c) Pat Sanchez

Edgardo Alfonzo (c) Pat Sanchez

The New York Mets have named Edgardo Alfonzo as the 11th Manager in Brooklyn Cyclones history, succeeding Tom Gamboa, who retired after last season.

Alfonzo had served as the Bench Coach for the Brooklyn Cyclones since 2014 under Gamboa. He is also a New York Mets Team Ambassador.

Alfonzo played 12 seasons in the Major Leagues, mostly with the New York Mets, where he ranks among the all-time franchise leaders in Home Runs, RBI, Extra-Base Hits, Batting Average, Runs Scored & At Bats.

In 2000, hit .324 with 25 Home Runs, 40 Doubles and 94 RBIs while helping the Mets reach the World Series for the first time since 1986. Along the way, he was selected to the NL All Star team.

Edgardo’s brother, Edgar, served as the first Brooklyn Cyclones manager in 2001 and returned from 2007-08. His 146 wins is highest in franchise history. Edgardo’s nephew, also named Edgar, was a Cyclones pitcher from 2004-05.

Sean Ratliff, who led the Cyclones to the worst offensive season in all of MiLB last season, is back as the hitting coach for the 2nd season.

royce-ring-pcNew to the coaching staff is Pitching Coach Royce Ring. Ring replaced Billy Bryk Jr, who is no longer with the Mets organization.

Ring spent 6 years in the Major Leagues, pitching for the Mets, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres and New York Yankees. In 99 career games, Ring went 3-3 with a 5.29 ERA. He was originally selected in the 1st round of the 2002 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox. The Mets acquired Ring, along Edwin Almonte & Andrew Salvo, when they traded away Roberto Alomar on July 1, 2003.

Ring, is in his 4th season in the Mets as a coach, and 1st with the Brooklyn Cyclones. He began as the GCL Mets pitching Coach in 2014 before moving to Kingsport in last season.

Giovanni D’Onza is the new Athletic Trainer. He has worked his way up the Mets ladder, working as the DSL Mets Trainer in 2014, the GCL Mets trainer in 2015 & working in Kingsport last season.

A Strength & Conditioning Coach has not been announced yet, but Joe Lego will not be returning.

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About Daniel S. Weiss

I have been an avid Cyclones fan since 2001. In December of 2013 I decided to launch my own blog "Brooklyn Baseball Banter" to cover the Brooklyn Cyclones.

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