Brooklyn Cyclones Update
By Elio Velez
The season may be over and the bats, balls and gloves may be put away but there is still news coming from Brooklyn. The off season gives a chance for the New York Penn League and the Cyclones to give out their post-season awards. The Cyclones finished the season as co-champions along with Williamsport after the championship series was canceled due to events occurred on September 11th.
The Cyclones handed out their Doubleday awards, which go out to the Most Valuable Players for the organization. The winners for the award was Pitcher Ross Peeples and 1B Jay Caligiuri. Peeples was the best pitcher on the team this past year for the Co-champs. Peeples won 9 games and lost 3. He led Brooklyn and the NY Penn League with a 1.34 ERA and tied for victories with 9. Peeples helped the Cyclones win the pennant with 7 scoreless innings against Staten Island in the last playoff game of the division series. 1B Jay Caliguiri was the most consistent hitter for the Cyclones with a .328 batting average and 34 RBI in 66 games. He finished third in overall batting in the Penn League and hit three doubles in the playoffs for the Cyclones.
The New York Penn A League announced their All-Star 2001 team and three Brooklyn Cyclones players were named. Pitcher Ross Peeples joined the team and Outfielders Frank Corr and Angel Pagan were also added. Corr brought power to the Cyclones with a league leading 13 home runs, 5.94 slugging percentage and a .302 batting average. Pagan was the leadoff hitter and jumpstarted the offense as he hit .315 and led the league in stolen bases with 30.
When the season starts again in June, most of the players I’ve mentioned would have been promoted in the New York Mets organization. The players that the fans have cheered for will take that one more step in achieving their dream in making the major leagues. A new set of young players will grace Keyspan Park and their hunger and drive to compete will once again attract fans. Could the fans break the attendance record that the Cyclones broke this year? It will be interesting to find out on that aspect. It was a pleasure writing this column and I hope to bring you more news in the future.