MCU Park to Host 2014 New York-Penn League All-Star Game

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Brooklyn Cyclones partner with Mercedes Benz of Brooklyn and as presenting sponsors.

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The Brooklyn Cyclones and the New York-Penn League (NYPL) have announced that the 10th Annual NYPL All-Star Game will be coming to Coney Island this summer. MCU Park, which hosted the first-ever NYPL All-Star Game in 2005, will once again welcome the best the league has to offer on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

“We are excited that the NYPL All-Star Game is coming back to Brooklyn,” said Cyclones Vice President Steve Cohen. “It’s been almost 10 years since we hosted the game, and we are excited for the opportunity to show the fans, players and executives from around the league the transformation that Coney Island has undergone. It is one of the can’t-miss destinations of summer for the people of New York City, and now because of the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, it is a must-visit destination for people from all over the footprint of our league.”

“The New York-Penn League All Star Game has always showcased the finest talent in professional baseball,” said NYPL President Ben Hayes. “The 2014 All-Star Game will be no different, except that it will also showcase one of the finest franchises in professional baseball. The Brooklyn Cyclones have led the League in attendance each year it has operated. More importantly, the Cyclones have consistently set the bar for excellence in their operations, overall fan experience and community involvement. This year’s All-Star Game will celebrate all of that and more.”

In addition, the Cyclones have announced that the team has partnered with Mercedes Benz of Brooklyn and as the presenting sponsors for the New York-Penn League’s flagship event.

“I am thrilled to be able to have our foundation, along with our friends at Mercedes Benz of Brooklyn, serve as the sponsors of the New York-Penn League All-Star Game,” said Tic Toc Stop’s founder Craig Carton. “TicTocStop is committed to finding a cure for the tics associated with Tourette’s. We have made great strides in that area and joining forces with the Brooklyn Cyclones, MCU Park and the other member clubs gives us an amazing opportunity to get closer to reaching our goals.”

The New York-Penn League All-Star Game will be a two-day celebration, starting with an All-Star Banquet aboard Hornblower Cruises on the evening of Monday, Aug. 18. This private event will take NYPL All-Stars and league guests on a scenic tour around Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, including stops at the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. The following day, All-Star Tuesday, will begin at MCU Park when gates open at 5 p.m.

Fans will be able to mix and mingle with the 2014 NYPL All-Stars along the concourse prior to the start of the Civil Servant/Celebrity All-Star Challenge presented by Municipal Credit Union. This unique contest will feature a softball game with local celebrities mixed with everyday all-stars from the FDNY, DSNY, NYPD, PAPD and more. New York Mets Hall of Fame pitcher and Brooklyn native John Franco and Brooklyn’s own Rosanna Scotto, from Fox 5’s Good Day New York, will serve as team captains for the game.

“As hosts for the 10th Annual NYPL All-Star Game, we are embracing this opportunity to show the best that not only Brooklyn, but all of New York City, has to offer,” said Cyclones General Manager Kevin Mahoney. “Part of what makes New York such a unique place is the people who make the city function. That is why we will be celebrating our everyday all-stars with the Civil Servant/Celebrity Challenge.”

The Cyclones will also be joining forces with the New York Daily News for a special promotion leading up to the NYPL All-Star Game. Readers will be able to nominate young men and women who have established themselves as leaders in the community. Whether it’s standing up to bullying, raising money for a worthwhile cause, or going above and beyond for a member of their community, the Cyclones and the Daily News will honor these Neighborhood All-Stars during the All-Star Game.

Finally, the New York-Penn League, in conjunction with Brandiose in San Diego, recently unveiled the logo for the game. The mark is shaped similarly to the traditional Brooklyn Cyclones logo, but features the landmark Brooklyn Bridge in the background.

“After more than a decade, the All-Star Game is returning to Coney Island,” said Brandiose’s Casey White. “Our goal was to embody the hard work, loyalty and passion that is synonymous with the people of Brooklyn, and we feel that we have done that with this unique branding.”

Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets for the 2014 New York-Penn League All-Star Game in advance. Currently, the only way to guarantee a seat is to purchase season tickets or partial season plans for the 2014 Cyclones season. Individual tickets for the event will go on sale in April. For more information, call 718-37B-KLYN.

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The Brooklyn Cyclones are a short-season Class A affiliate of the New York Mets. The Cyclones play at MCU Park, in the heart of Coney Island. Last year, the team led the New York-Penn League in attendance for the 13th consecutive season and the franchise has welcomed more than 3,500,000 fans to the ballpark since their inception. The Cyclones have also advanced to the postseason nine times, winning a league championship in 2001 and a total of five McNamara Division titles.

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