Monday, June 17, 2013

Brooklyn Cyclones and Staten Island Yankees Reconvene Battle of the Boroughs

From the desk of:   THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS

BROOKLYN CYCLONES: Over The Verrazano And Into The 2013 New York Penn League Regular Season Opener.

The Baby Bums are back!  For "us", them, and the Staten Island Yankees, the 2013 New York Penn League regular season starts today in Richmond County Ballpark.

Staten Island Yankees Preliminary Roster

The 2013 Battle Of The Boroughs Is On!


Staten Island Yankees
Richmond County


Rich Donnelly enters his third consecutive season as skipper of the Cyclones.  Last year, he led the Coney Island Nine to a 45-31 record.  His starting rotation posted a New York Penn League's best 2.62 ERA.  But for all their success in 2012, the Cyclones fell to the Hudson Valley Renegades in the first round of last year's playoffs.  Cyclones alumni Bobby Malek returns as batting coach, and this season, Marc Valdez will take his first turn as pitching coach.

Highlighting the start to the Cyclones season will be the return of shortstop Gavin Cecchini for a first full season in Brooklyn, after spending most of 2012 with Kingsport, and the professional debut of LJ Mazzilli, son of the ever popular former Mets outfielder, Lee Mazzilli.  If you recall, Cecchini, 19, was the Mets 2012 first round, twelfth overall selection in last year's draft.  He played fifty-three games for Kingsport last season, and five for Brooklyn.  In the off-season, he donated $10,000 to the local Hurricane Sandy relief effort.  LJ Mazzilli was selected in the fourth round of the recently concluded draft.  After previously being drafted by the Minnesota Twins, he instead opted to attend his senior year of college as second baseman for the University of Connecticut.


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