Mixed Emotions for Cyclones Fans Regarding Mets Trades|
by: Patrick Hickey, Jr. | Senior Writer - NY Sports Day | Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Brooklyn Cyclones fans are not happy.
It all started a few years ago when the Mets traded Scott Kazmir for Victor Zambrano and continued as recently as two weeks ago when Brian Bannister was traded to the Kansas City Royals for Ambiorix Burgos. Furious over the fact that most Cyclones end up everywhere else but Shea Stadium, fervor has initiated on a local, Brooklyn-based Cyclones fan page on Yahoo.
“While having any organized baseball back in Brooklyn is a wonderful thing, one of the appeals of the Cyclones was seeing future Mets in action. I follow the Cyclones as they move up the minor league food chain like they're my kids, and I hate to see one after the other either sent packing to other organizations. The biggest blow was the infamous trade of Scott Kazmir, who spent one magical half-summer blowing away batters in Brooklyn. Wouldn't Kazmir look great in the Mets battered rotation now?
“The Mets Penn league affiliate teams before Brooklyn sent their fair share of 1st round draft picks o the NY-Penn starting with Les Rohr in 1965 including Dwight Gooden in 1982 and Jeromy Burnitz in 1990,” said Patrick Witt, another die hard Brooklyn fan. “If we're not going to have AA or higher in Brooklyn, then at least let Keyspan Park be a showcase for the top Mets prospects who have a better shot at making it to the team before being traded for players on the verge of collecting social security.”
To the Mets defense, they did bring Bob Keppel and Scott Kazmir to Brooklyn after they were drafted in the first round and last year Mets third-round pick Joe Smith was in Brooklyn for the first month of the season before playing his way up to Double-A Binghamton. However, when one sees homegrown talent like David Wright and Jose Reyes starring for the Mets after never playing a game in Brooklyn, while former Cyclones like Mike Jacobs, Angel Pagan and Scott Kazmir are off on other teams in the majors, it’s easy to see why fans are miffed.
However, despite the way many fans feel about the way the Mets handle their prospects, a few think that this is simply just a part of baseball.
"The Mets send the same percentage of their short season-A team player to the majors as others do,” said Cyclones fan Richard Cisak Jr. “It's just part of the game. It's basic math;  spots on the Mets, and how many hundreds of players in the minor league system."
Despite the feelings of ardent fans, in the end, the decision will be up to the Mets if they want to develop more talent at Keyspan Park. For many die-hard Cyclones fans, that day can’t come soon enough.