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Mets set to hire Ed Blankmeyer as new manager of Brooklyn Cyclones

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Edgardo Alfonzo’s replacement hails from the collegiate ranks.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: FEB 21 St John’s at North Carolina Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Mets are apparently set to hire the next manager for the Brooklyn Cyclones, and it’s a bit of an unconventional choice. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com is reporting that the organization is giving the job to Ed Blankmeyer, who has served as the head coach for the St. John’s baseball team for the past 24 seasons.

The 65-year-old Blankmeyer has had a storied career with the Red Storm, as he has compiled a 829-499-4 record over his 24 seasons as the head coach and won five Big East Coach of the Year awards during that time. He has coached several future big leaguers, and now he himself will be making the jump into professional baseball with the Cyclones.

Blankmeyer has some rather big shoes to fill, as he will be replacing Mets legend Edgardo Alfonzo, who served as the Brooklyn manager from 2017-2019. Alfonzo led the club to a New York-Penn League championship in 2019, but Brodie Van Wagenen and company surprisingly did not renew his contract in the aftermath, as they preferred to bring in their own person for the role. Blankmeyer is evidently the person they have settled upon.