Cyclones Garage Sale Wiped Out in an Hour

Originally posted on Brooklyn Baseball Banter:
Fans lining up outside of MCU Park for the Cyclones Garage Sale The Brooklyn Cyclones first ever Garage Sale was deemed a success today, as the majority of the items were gone within minutes. With some fans lining up as early as 6:00 am for the 9:00 am start,…

Brooklyn Cyclones Garage Sale & Trenton Thunder 2016 Promotions

MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones

MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Brooklyn Cyclones will be holding a “garage sale” at MCU Park tomorrow, giving fans a chance to buy undistributed promotional items and select game-used items, while supplies last. The event will start at 9 a.m. and run until noon (or whenever inventory runs out.)

Visit the Brooklyn Cyclones website for more information.

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2015 World Series Pin


The 2015 World Series will be remembered with the 2000 and 1973 ones, where the Mets had to settle for the National League Championship banner. Still, I’m happy to have it represented in my pin collection.

Thanks Vinny.

I guess we’re supposed to be excited?

The Kansas City Royals beat the Mets in the World Series.

Joe Maddon beat Terry Collins (and Mike Matheny) for the National League Manager of the Year award.

But never fear, the Mets are the 2015 Major League Baseball “Club Retailer of the Year.”

Okay, then.

[Source: Hardball Talk]

1960s Mets pins

My friend Greg found me some more neat New York Mets pins, so let’s take a look at all the ones in my collection from the first decade of the team’s history. Continue reading

Has Jersday Thursday Run Its Course?


As someone who only goes to a handful of Brooklyn Cyclones games each year, I’m not sure that anyone should care about my opinion… but I hope that the Cyclones keep their “Jersday Thursday” promotion going until they find something that offers fans more value.

Originally posted on Brooklyn Baseball Banter:

qmeme_1447722901660_873The two words in white letters on the brick backround in the article pic represent a special phrase. It is a phrase that it is synonymous with being a loyal fan of the Brooklyn Cyclones. It is a phrase that fans of other teams have no idea what it means. It is a phrase that we all have come to love.

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Padres hire Zinter as hitting coach


Alan Zinter as a Somerset Patriot in 2007 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Former New York Mets prospect and Somerset Patriots player Alan Zinter will be the San Diego Padres’ new hitting coach.

Zinter, who has been an assistant hitting coach for the Houston Astros and a minor league hitting coordinator for the Cleveland Indians, replaces Mark Kotsay, who left to become the bench coach for the Oakland Athletics.

[Source: Hardball Talk]

News & Notes: Daniel Murphy, Ty Kelly & early off-season trades

Daniel Murphy (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Daniel Murphy (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

On Friday, New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy declined the club’s $15.8 million qualifying offer, making him eligible to sign with any the other 29 MLB teams. Despite a World Series performance to forget, Murphy should be able to land a multi-year deal this winter, so his decision is not much of a surprise.

And with Dilson Herrera waiting for an opportunity to take over at second base for major league minimum, the Mets never seemed all that interested in negotiating with Murphy. But while Herrera should provide better defense, it’s going to be important for a club that was already offensively challenged in 2015 to find a way to replace Murphy’s hitting contributions. Despite playing in just 130 games, Murphy was second on the 2015 Mets in hits, first in doubles and fifth in home runs.

Here’s hoping that Sandy Alderson has a plan.

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Spend “A Glorious Day with the Amazin’s” on Sat., Nov. 14

Autographed 1988 Topps Dwight Gooden card from my collection

Autographed 1988 Topps Dwight Gooden card from my collection

MAB Celebrity Services invites you to spend “A Glorious Day with the Amazin’s” on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Crowne Plaza Fairfield in Fairfield, New Jersey.

Twenty-two current and former New York Mets will be guests at the autograph show, including members of four of the five Mets teams that played in the World Series.

Highlights of the show include appearances by Travis d’Arnaud, Endy Chavez, Billy Wagner, Sid Fernandez, Dwight Gooden, Mookie Wilson and Jon Matlack, as well as non-Mets guests Ozzie Smith, Whitey Ford, Don Mattingly and Bill Buckner.

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Shane Spencer to coach in South Korea next season

signed Shane Spencer 2004 Topps Total card from my collection

signed Shane Spencer 2004 Topps Total card from my collection

Former Mets and Yankees outfielder Shane Spencer will not return as the Somerset Patriots’ third base coach and hitting instructor in 2016.

Spencer has accepted the position of field coordinator and manager for the Nexen Heroes’ minor league system in South Korea.

“I want to thank the Somerset Patriots organization for a wonderful time while I was coaching there. I was sad to say that I was leaving for a coaching position in Korea, but it is an opportunity that I just couldn’t pass up,” Spencer said in a team press release.

[Source: Somerset Patriots]