The Brooklyn Cyclones 2013 promo schedule is out, filled with popular giveaways like jerseys and bobbleheads. Some of the best ones are only available to ticket plan holders, but the majority can be had if you get to the ballpark early.
Johan Santana (July 3rd) and Daniel Murphy (August 26th) lead the bobblehead lineup, though I can’t say I’m fond of the concept art for Murphy’s. (There’s also a “Dr. Sandy” (August 17th) one that would give me nightmares if it turns out anything like the concept art.)
For those who prefer garden gnomes, the Cyclones have you covered on July 19th.
“Jersday Thursdays” are back, though my favorite is actually scheduled for a Wednesday, August 14th. A Brooklyn Cyclones “hockey jersey” seems like fun.
Individual game tickets will go on sale in May. Hopefully I’ll manage to get to one or two Brooklyn Cyclones games this summer.
I’ve got to hand it to the Brooklyn Cyclones marketing department – they come up with some whimsical ideas for bobblehead giveaways.
This year, the Cyclones are offering a five-game mini-plan with four exclusive bobbleheads “featuring Brooklyn stars in Hollywood roles.”
Now the Bobby Parnell, Brandon Nimmo and Cory Vaughn ones don’t particularly do anything for me… but as a Star Trek fan, how could I not want an actual “Captain Kirk” Nieuwenhuis bobblehead (even if whoever put together this graphic didn’t quite spell his name correctly.)
Unfortunately, I think I’m going to have to resort to eBay to try to add it to my collection… three of the five giveaway days are Sundays, but the “Captain Kirk” bobblehead night is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20th, and I think I’d have a hard time getting away from work in time to get out to Coney Island for the game.
In other bobblehead news, the New York Mets unveiled their full promotional schedule today. David Wright, Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden join Ron Darling and John Franco as part of the All-Star Bobblehead Series, and there’s a limited Knitting Mr. Met bobblehead available through a special offer. (I’m kind of disappointed that there’s no Ron Hunt one – he was the first Mets player to start an All-Star Game and it would have been a nice tie to the only other time the Mets hosted the game.)
Odds & Ends: Own the Newark Bears for a day, buy Trenton Thunder 20th season merchandise & see who’s managing the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2013
The Newark Bears are offering some fans the chance to be “team owner for a day” if they win a contest, according to an email they sent out last week.
The Bears are looking for sharp, business-savvy, creative individuals (and perhaps, future baseball executives) that will help us pack Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium! Work hand-in-hand with the Bears’ front office and plan a game at our ballpark YOUR way….
Applicants must provide: Full name, company name (if applies), mailing address, phone number, email address, website(s) and social media site(s), full DOB, a recent head shot, resume, prepare a brief description of why you think you would be the best owner of the day (200 words or less) and a brief projected outline of how you would plan your special day if chosen. Deadline for submissions is March 11, 2013 at 12 p.m. All required information must be properly submitted within one email.
To apply or ask for more information, email email@example.com. It seems like it’s going to be The Apprentice without Donald Trump and the television cameras instead of the typical baseball contest. Good luck to anyone who decides to enter.
The Bears also plan to hold a press conference to formally announce Garry Templeteon as the team’s manager for 2013 this week.
In other recent news about local teams:
- The Brooklyn Cyclones announced that their 2012 coaching staff will return intact in 2013. Rich Donnelly will manage the club, with Marc Valdes serving as pitching coach and Bobby Malek handling the hitting coach duties. Speaking as someone who just goes to one or two Cyclones games per year, I miss the days when someone like Wally Backman or Frank Viola was on the coaching staff.
- The Trenton Thunder has some new 20th Season merchandise in their online store. I’m hoping there will be some caps and/or pins by the time the season begins.
The Staten Island Yankees will host the Brooklyn Cyclones on Monday, June 17th at 7 p.m. to open the 2013 season. The Cyclones’ home opener comes one day later, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18th.
The standard game times for Brooklyn will be 7 p.m. on weeknights, 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 5 p.m. on Sundays. Staten Island will play most home games at 7 p.m., with Sunday games starting at 4 p.m. Both teams will hold a handful of midweek “camp days” with 11 a.m. start times. Full schedules for the Cyclones and S.I. Yankees are posted on the teams’ websites.
Will you go to a New York-Penn League game in 2013?
Last off-season, I started a weekly feature called “Minor League Mondays” where I’d look at one of the minor league team sets in my collection. It fell by the wayside due to time constraints, but I enjoyed it and hope to bring it back – at least through the rest of the off-season. I’m going to try to alternate between a 2012 set and an older set from my collection.
First up are the Brooklyn Cyclones: I had a lot of fun with this set – I was able to get most of the cards autographed before two late-season games in Staten Island. Almost all of the players in the New York-Penn League are in their first or second year of professional baseball. That makes it really tough to tell who’s going to reach the major leagues someday, but it also means many of them still enjoy meeting fans and signing autographs.
Brooklyn finished the year with a 45-31 record, good for second place in the McNamara Division and a playoff appearance as the wildcard team. The big “names” on the Cyclones roster in 2012 were Brandon Nimmo, the Mets’ first round draft pick in 2011, and Kevin Plawecki, a first-round pick this year. The team also had several promising pitchers – in another three or four years, maybe a few of the 2012 Cyclones will be suiting up for the Mets at Citi Field. Continue reading →
While the Brooklyn Cyclones and Staten Island Yankees are understandably the furthest thing from the minds of Coney Island and Staten Island residents, MiLB.com’s Benajmin Hill took a look at how the two teams are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy:
MCU Park was hit by surges from two nearby bodies of water: Gravesend Bay from the north and the Atlantic Ocean from the south. The front offices, dugouts and clubhouses were flooded with approximately four feet of water, leading to surreal sights such as floating merchandise in the team store and shrimp making a temporary home in the dugout tunnels.
“This is not about us, and we won’t make it about us, not when we have fans two blocks away who have lost their homes.[said Cyclones general manager Steve Cohen] [MCU Park] is just our office. There is so much going on that’s more important.”
“On Opening Day we’re going to be good to go and we’re going to make it awesome,” said Cohen…. ”I guess now the big question is whether our mascot should change his name,” said Cohen. “I can see us doing a ‘Sandy Says He’s Sorry’ night.”
If you didn’t see the article yesterday, it’s worth a read.
Roundup: Thunder, B-Mets extend affiliation agreements, Cyclones playoff tix on sale, Bears to acknowledge African American umpiring pioneer
The minor league season is winding down, but lots of news today:
- The Brooklyn Cyclones put playoff tickets on sale today. They have a two-game lead for the New York-Penn League wild card. Should Brooklyn reach the playoffs, they’d host game one of the semi-final series on Friday, Sept. 7th. Except for the problem that the Cyclones rarely seem to win when I go watch them, I’d like to get out to MCU Park and cheer for them in playoffs.
- The Trenton Thunder extended their affiliation agreement with the New York Yankees through 2022. What can I say? I’m not very excited about Trenton remaining tied to the Yankees for the next ten years, but I’m hardly surprised. Maybe Tony Franklin will get a promotion this winter to go along with his Eastern League Manager of the Year award so we can at least see a new face in the dugout next year.
- The Binghamton Mets renewed their affiliation agreement through 2016. Binghamton has been affiliated with the Mets for more than two decades; it’s nice that there’s some stability at this rung of the development ladder. Triple-A is a different story, with the Mets likely headed to Las Vegas next year.
- The Newark Bears will wrap up the 2012 season this weekend, with a three game series against the Worcester Tornadoes on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Before Monday’s game, they will acknowledge Osibee Jelks, one of the first African-American umpires in affiliated baseball – a cool way to end the year.