Alfonzo Back as Brooklyn Skipper
by: Patrick Hickey, Jr. | Senior Writer - NY Sports Day | Saturday, March 1, 2008
According to the team’s official website, the Brooklyn Cyclones have brought back manager Edgar Alfonzo for another season, making him the first coach in team history to be behind the bench for two consecutive seasons.
“We’re thrilled to have Fonzie back with the club,” said Cyclones General Manager Steve Cohen on the team’s official website. “He has a real rapport with the Brooklyn fans and he’s a proven winner who has brought out the best in the teams he’s been with.”
Guiding the Cyclones to a 49-25 finish last season after winning the NYPL championship in his first year with the team in 2001, Alfonzo is the most successful manager in team history. His tough love approach on the field and easy going nature with fans and media during his time in Brooklyn have made him equally as popular and revered with his own players as well.
“He’s really truthful with us and let’s us know what our roles are. I really like the fact that he doesn’t try and sugarcoat anything either,” said Brooklyn reliever Edgar Ramirez during the team’s playoff run last season. “If we do something wrong out there, he lets us know about it, but he never blows his top. I think it’s easy to see why a lot of people think he’s a players coach.”
The organization also announced that pitching coach Hector Berrios and hitting coach Guadalupe Jabalera will also be returning this season. Trainer Matt Hunter rejoins the coaching staff for his third consecutive season in Brooklyn.
The Cyclones begin their season on June 17, where they will battle the Staten Island Yankees at Keyspan Park.