An ex-Johnnie has landed in Brooklyn.
The New York Mets have named former St. John’s University baseball head coach Ed Blankmeyer as the new skipper of the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets’ short-season Class A affiliate in the New York Penn League (NYPL).
Blankmeyer, 65, coached 24 seasons at St. John’s, where he posted an 829-500-4 record while winning six Big East regular-season titles and five conference tournament championships while earning 11 NCAA Tournament berths.
Blankmeyer is the winnest coach Red Storm’s history. He had an impressive 23 winning campaigns out 24.
Additionally, while the Convent Station, N.J., resident was an assistant coach at Seton Hall, his players included Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, 1995 American League MVP Mo Vaughn, Matt Morris and John Valentin.
Blankmeyer, who replaces Edgardo Alfonzo, whom New York did not retain following the Cyclones’ New York-Penn League championship in 2019, will become Brooklyn’s 12th manager since its inception in 2001 when it kicks off its 20th season on June 18th.
The rest of the 2020 Brooklyn Cyclones coaching staff will be announced at a later date.
— Jerry Del Priore