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COHEN NAMED 2007 NYPL EXEC OF YEAR


Brooklyn Cyclones General Manager Steve Cohen was named the 2007 New York-Penn League Executive of the Year, following one of the club's most successful seasons.

The Cyclones led the league in attendance for the seventh straight year, drew its two millionth fan faster than any club in the classification's history, and broke its own single-game attendance record three times (10,073). The Cyclones drew 294,972 fans in 36 openings for an average of 8,194 per game (up from 7,820 in 2006), and filled the ballpark to over 100% capacity for the seventh straight year.  Brooklyn ranked 16th in all of minor league baseball in average attendance – the only Short-Season team to place in the top 25. 

The team also organized a variety of community fund-raising initiatives, including “24 Hours of Baseball to Fight Hunger,” and the “Take Your Base Walk for Cancer Research.”  In addition, Steve serves on the Board of Directors and is an active participant at the High School of Sports Management, a New York City Charter School, consisting of students who are focused on a collegiate path towards a career in the business of sports management. 

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Cohen, “that is a testament to the hard work of everyone in the organization, and the loyalty and support of the Brooklyn fans – the best fans in the world.  The Cyclones have made an ongoing commitment to provide the very best in fun, unique, affordable family entertainment, and to be a positive, active force in the Brooklyn community” he said.  “We’re very proud of the results thus far, and we’ll continue striving to do even more next year, and beyond.” 

“Steve has done a fantastic job,” said NYPL President Ben Hayes, “and has proven himself as a leader within our league.  In addition to the success he has achieved with the Brooklyn club, he has played an important role in the development of the league’s Charitable Foundation, and has lent his service to various boards, helping to shape the progress of the NYPL.” 

The 2007 season was Cohen’s 18th in professional baseball.  He has been the Cyclones’ GM since the team’s inception in 2001, and also held the same position during the franchise's temporary stop in Queens (as the Queens Kings) in 2000, playing an integral part in the transition to Brooklyn.  Prior to joining the Kings in 2000, Steve worked in St. Petersburg, Florida as the Assistant General Manager of the St. Petersburg Devil Rays of the Florida State League, and General Manager of the St. Petersburg Cardinals in 1996. 

His first professional baseball experience came in 1990, after graduating with a Sports Management degree from the University of Massachusetts. He began as an intern and eventually assumed the role of Director of Operations for Al Lang Stadium in Florida

In 2001, Steve received the J. Frank Cashen Award, presented to a member of the organization who best exemplifies total commitment in establishing a superior environment in which to develop players for the New York Mets. 

Born in Brooklyn, Steve currently lives in Oceanside, NY with his wife Michelle; son, Evan; and daughter, Emma.

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