Mets Icon Edgardo Alfonzo Takes Over as Brooklyn’s New Skipper
By John Torenli, Sports Editor
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Hey Coney Island, get ready for some Fonzie this summer.
And no, he won’t be jumping any sharks.
Former Mets great Edgardo “Fonzie” Alfonzo will become the 11th manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones this coming June, joining a long list of franchise favorites, including his very own brother, who have held the coveted post since the team began playing in our fair borough in 2001.
Alfonzo, 43, served as former manager Tom Gamboa’s bench and third-base coach over the previous three summers, but has now been bumped into the managerial slot his brother Edgar held during the team’s history-making inaugural championship campaign here, as well as a second stint from 2007-08.
Fonzie ranks among the Mets’ all-time leaders in home runs, RBIs, total bases, extra-base hits, batting average, runs scored, hits and at-bats.
He was also a key member of the 2000 team that won the National League pennant before losing the Subway Series to the rival New York Yankees.
The Cyclones have made a habit of placing former Met legends in the Brooklyn managerial seat, employing Howard Johnson (2002), Tim Teufel (2003), Mookie Wilson (2005) and most famously, Wally Backman (2010), who guided the Baby Bums to their last appearance in the New York-Penn League Championship Series.
Rounding out the Cyclones’ coaching staff for the 2017 campaign will be pitching coach Royce Ring, hitting coach Sean Ratliff and athletic trainer Giovanni D’Onza.
The Cyclones will open the 2017 home schedule on June 20 against arch rival Staten Island at MCU Park.