2002-12-14 / Sports

Brooklyn Cyclones Look To Teufel In 2003

By Elio Velez

By Elio Velez

The Brooklyn Cyclones reached back into the 1986 Mets World Championship well to manage their ball club for the 2003 season. An integral part of that famous Mets team, Tim Teufel was hired to become the third Brooklyn Cyclones manager in three years.

Teufel will replace Howard Johnson, the former New York Mets great, who managed the Cyclones to a 38-38 season after spending 2001 as their hitting coach. Johnson’s role within the organization has not been announced as of yet. Johnson may take a role as a hitting instructor, such as Edgar Alfonzo did, when he was promoted to St. Lucie after managing the Single A Cyclones in 2001.

Teufel, 46, will be entering his first season as manager after spending the last two seasons as the Mets’ Minor League Infielder Coordinator.

Jeff Wilpon, the executive Vice President of the Cyclones, as well as the Mets, had praising remarks for Teufel, who joined the Mets in a coaching capacity in 1998. "Tim is just an outstanding individual who played hard, and has worked extremely hard for the organization over the past few years."

Teufel spent some time last year with the Cyclones as he worked with the young players. I'm really just looking forward to getting to KeySpan and getting things started.", Teufel also added, "I've been there at times during the last two years, so I know how great it can be. I'm excited about helping to develop the kids on and off the field, and putting together a winning team."

After an 11 year career with the Mets, Minnesota and San Diego, Teufel would like to incorporate his style of managing with the styles of former longtime Minnesota Twins’ Tom Kelly and San Diego’s Bruce Bochy. "When I started out, Tom Kelly was my manager in Minnesota. He was great. He was aggressive, he was fair, he expected his players to play hard, and he gave us support when we needed it", Teufel said. "He had a really good personality, too. Bruce Bochy was another guy I got to know very well, playing in San Diego, and then living there. He really did a good job of handling the clubhouse, as well as what happened on the field."

Teufel was hired for his ability to work with players at all levels of the minor leagues and his strong communications skills. "Managing in Brooklyn is a great opportunity, the Cyclones are a minor league team playing in a big league town. I know how passionate Brooklyn fans are about this team, and I look forward to the challenges of managing in such an intense environment," said Teufel. At this point in my career, it can’t get any better than returning to the New York area to manage the Cyclones."

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