The Mets are adding a big local name to their organization with the hiring of St. John's head baseball coach Ed Blankmeyer as the next manager of the Short-Season A Brooklyn Cyclones, it was announced Monday.
The 65-year-old Blankmeyer had been the head coach of St. John's for the last 24 seasons, and had an all-time record of 829-500-4, leading St. John's to 23 winning seasons in the 24 years he spent at the helm.
Blankmeyer replaces Edgardo Alfonzo, who was relieved of his duties after the 2019 season despite the Cyclones winning the New York Penn League championship. Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said at the time that moving on from Alfonzo was a player development decision.
Ninety-one of the players who have been coached by Blankmeyer with the Red Storm have gone on to get drafted or be signed to professional contracts.
Blankmeyer, who has also had three coaching stints with USA Baseball, is the third minor league managerial hire the Mets have made in the last week or so.
Lorenzo Bundy was hired on Monday to be manager of Double-A Binghamton, and Brian Schneider was named manager of Triple-A Syracuse last Friday.