2012-06-22 / Sports

Talented Nimmo Adjusts To New York Spotlight

By Elio Velez

The Cyclones celebrate after defeating Staten Island 2-0 at MCU Park on June 18. Photo by William Thomas. The Cyclones celebrate after defeating Staten Island 2-0 at MCU Park on June 18. Photo by William Thomas. After being selected last year as the New York Mets first round pick, 19-year old Brooklyn Cyclones centerfielder Brandon Nimmo has been able to handle the increased attention with plenty of ease.

The 6-3, 195 pound was selected as the first ever pick of the new Mets regime led by General Manager Sandy Alderson. Nimmo debuted with the Cyclones at MCU Park on Monday, June 18 to begin the 2012 New York Penn League season.

While he went 0-3 at the plate, Nimmo scored the first run in the eighth inning as Brooklyn defeated cross-borough rivals Staten Island, 2-0.

“I love it. It’s fun. It makes the game more exciting. I love the atmosphere right now,” Nimmo said.

“I’m glad to have helped the team out win the ballgame. It worked out. Anyway I can help the team win, I’ll do it.”

Nimmo, who has hit .222 in 9 at bats this season, enjoyed the festive atmosphere at MCU Park.

“This is great. The fans are amazing and you can feel the energy tonight in that stadium,” Nimmo said. “I absolutely loved it.”

The Cheyenne, Wyoming native was regarded by scouts as a five-tool talent, despite only playing with all-star travel teams because his hometown did not have a high school baseball team. Nimmo was the co- MVP of the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field, and started his pro career with the Gulf Coast League Mets.

He was promoted to short-season A ball Kingsport at the end of last season.

Nimmo knows that it will take sometime to adjust to the higher speed of professional baseball. He is eager and willing to sponge any information possible to move up through the organizational ladder.

“This is so much different than the spring training atmosphere, compared to this. Learn as fast you can. That’s the key. Pick everything up. You’re going to make some mistakes, but pick up things fast. It’s still baseball and playing on the diamond,” Nimmo said. Hot Start For Cyclones

Brooklyn manager Rich Donnelly is starting his second year with the ballclub in good spirits. The Cyclones have a 3-0 record as of presstime with starting right-handers Luis Mateo and Luis Cessa pitching five plus innings to beat Staten Island.

“These guys got to watch RA Dickey warm up in spring training. Dillon Gee and Chris Young warm up. If you throw strikes then you don’t have to throw 100 miles per hour,” Donnelly said.

The Cyclones have four teenage players in a very young roster. Donnelly believes this team will experience more ups, than downs as the season progress.

“Hopefully some of what they saw [in spring training] rubs off because that’s the way you win at any level. You throw it and you catch it. We try to pride ourselves on defense and doing things the right way. Not alleyball where you throw the ball away a lot. It’s going to happen some nights. These are kids.” Cyclones Announcer Dies

Warner Fusselle, the Brooklyn Cyclones radio playby play announcer who has been with the team since their inception in 2001, passed away due to a heart attack on June 17. He was 68 years old.

Fusselle brought his distinctive and gentle voice to the air as he broadcasted games featuring former Cyclones players and current Mets stars such as Ike Davis and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Warner’s passing,” said Cyclones General Manager Steve Cohen. “There is no one who knew more – or cared more – about baseball in Brooklyn than Warner. His distinctive voice, knowledge and endless passion for the game enriched Brooklyn Cyclones baseball for our players, staff, and fans from day one and his presence will be sorely missed.”

The legendary Fusselle was a passionate, meticulous and hard working announcer who has been involved in the game of baseball for more than 40 years. He was a writer/producer and did voiceover work for “This Week In Baseball” and ESPN’s “Major League Baseball Magazine,” while also broadcasting games for the Spartanburg Phillies and Richmond Braves.

Fusselle had recently called games this spring for the St. John’s University baseball team. He is survived by his sister, Alicia Fusselle, and two nephews, Max Hyde and Warner Hyde. Funeral services were held in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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