Mets Tap Tijerina to Helm Cyclones

Mets Inside Pitch has learned that Tony Tijerina will be named manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones in the next few days. <P> Tijerina was supposed to be the Mets' Minor League Assistant Coordinator/Catching Coordinator this season after spending five seasons as a minor league skipper in the Mets' system, securing a 290-277 mark.

However, the Brooklyn job -- arguably one of the highest profile jobs in all of the minor leagues -- became vacant after the controversial resignation of Leon Lee.

Lee, father of the Cubs' Derrek Lee, declined the position after being arrested for allegedly exposing himself to four, and possibly five, women at the team's Florida hotel only weeks after being named as Brooklyn skipper.

An internal search for a candidate, which included Kingsport (A) manager Mookie Wilson, ended up with Tijerina.

Named by Baseball America as the South Atlantic League's top manager prospect in 2003, Tijerina has already had success in the NY Penn League, leading the Pittsfield Mets to a title in in 1997.

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