Cyclones Bring Back Fonzie
by: Patrick Hickey, Jr. | Senior Writer - NY Sports Day | Sunday, February 4, 2007

BROOKLYN, NY - Continuing the revolving door that has occupied the Cyclones managerial position since the team’s inaugural season in 2001, the team has brought back former manager Edgar Alfonzo to manage the team in 2007.

“We are extremely excited to have Fonzie back in Brooklyn,” said Cyclones general manager Steve Cohen on the team’s official website. “He is a proven winner and leader who has shown a knack for success in the unique environment of KeySpan Park.”

Guiding the team to a 55-27 record in 2001, Alfonzo is the most successful manager the team has ever had, outshining the efforts of former Mets such as Howard Johnson and Tim Tuefel and collegiate coaching legend George Greer, who all coached the team after Alfonzo went on to become the hitting coach in St.Lucie in 2002 before eventually becoming the Mets minor league infield coordinator for the past few seasons.

Happy to be back at the helm of the Cyclones, Alfonzo shared some his memories of Brooklyn on the team’s official website.

“I have amazing memories of my time in Brooklyn, and I can’t wait to get back there for another season,” said Alfonzo. “Being a part of that first year was something very special. Having a team in Brooklyn again meant a lot to the community and it meant a lot to the players and coaches, too.”

More importantly however, Alfonzo believes that the fans at Keyspan played a huge part in his success during his first stint as manager and hopes for a repeat performance in his second tour of duty with the club.

“Those fans are different from anywhere else,” he said. “They gave us support and they gave us energy. They really helped that team, and I know they’ll do the same thing this year.”