Saturday, June 16, 2012

Brooklyn Cyclones ~ The Boardwalk Bums Are Back

From the desk of:   THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS

12th Season of Baseball By The Sea Shore.

...But, we start this season without our beloved and legendary Voice of Summer.  The most esteemed occupant of The Catbird Seat; Mr. Warner Fusselle; has passed away at the age of sixty-eight.  The only radio broadcaster the Cyclones ever had, now calls games in a better place.

I live/lived within listening distance of the Cyclone's previous broadcasts out of Kingsborough Community College.  And therefore, Warner Fusselle's voice was a big part of my summer, as I was always tuned into the games, if I wasn't there in person, that is.  And so, Mr. Fusselle will sorely be missed, not just by me, but by my whole generation of baseball fans.  He became known to me as the voice of This Week In Baseball, after taking over for Mel Allen.

Having Warner Fusselle call games on behalf of the Borough of Kings, has been nothing short of, Classic.

The radio broadcasts will continue, but from a new, more powerful signal and home at Seton Hall University Radio.  With far more reach than their previous, limited signal emanating off the shores of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn Cyclones fans throughout the greater New York City area will now be able to listen to games on WSOU 89.5 FM.

The Cyclones have revealed their Preliminary Roster for the upcoming season which begins Monday evening in Coney Island, against the rival Staten Island Yankees.  Included on the roster, and making his Brooklyn debut, will be Team Sandy's 2011 thirteenth overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft; outfielder, Brandon Nimmo.

Welcome to Brooklyn Brandon!  See you at the park.

Rich Donnelly is returning for a second season as Cyclones' skipper.  After nearly guiding us to a championship last season, he will be a welcome sight calling signals from the third base box again.  Marc Valdez takes over for Frank Viola as Pitching Coach.  He's coached in the Mets system since 2007; most recently in Binghampton.  Former Cyclones' player, Bobby Malek, returns for a second season as hitting coach.


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