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? 
 
“Part of the problem is that the Mets don't usually put their top prospects in Brooklyn, and why that is, I don't know. Super-prospects such as David Wright, Jose Reyes, Lastings Milledge, Mike Pelfrey and Fernando Martinez just never play in Brooklyn. And that's too bad for the very loyal fans of this very lucrative franchise. That said, I understand that in a major market like New York, one of the advantages is being able to trade prospects for high-paid, established players. Having top-notch trading chips is a good thing, ultimately, for the Mets. But it would still be nice if at least one former Cyclone made it all the way to Shea and became a star,” said Sam Friedman, who’s casually referred to as Sammy Cyclones at Keyspan Park. 
 
While the Mets have sent a myriad of Major League players to Keyspan for rehab assignments over the past few seasons, such as Cliff Floyd and Kazuo Matsui, many Cyclones fans would prefer to see younger players with the ability to make the big leagues, rather than established stars who are making one or two game visits. In addition, fans are confused to the fact that the team has stopped bringing their number one draft picks to the NY-Penn League when the organization did it more than a few times when the team wasn’t in Brooklyn. 

“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; [25] 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.