Queens Kings

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Queens Kings
2000
Queens, New York
Class-level
Previous Short-Season A
Minor league affiliations
Division McNamara
Previous leagues
New York-Penn League
Major league affiliations
Previous Toronto Blue Jays
Team data
Ballpark The Ballpark at St. Johns

The Queens Kings were the Toronto Blue Jays' Short-Season A classification team in the New York–Penn League in the 2000 season. The team was formerly the St. Catharines Stompers and was sold by the Blue Jays and relocated to Queens, New York and played at The Ballpark at St. Johns. The following season (2001), the team moved to Brooklyn, New York and became the Brooklyn Cyclones, an affiliate of the New York Mets. Of note, Alex Ríos, who earned a spot on the 2006 and 2007 American League All Star Roster, played his first season in professional baseball with the Queens Kings. Other former Queens Kings to reach the majors include Baltimore Orioles catcher Guillermo Quiróz and Arizona Diamondbacks closer Brandon Lyon. Queens Kings alumni with brief MLB stints include Rich Thompson and Joe Orloski.

The team was named for Kings County, now known as Brooklyn.

Franchise Record[edit]

(from Baseball Reference Bullpen)

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
2000 46-29 3rd Eddie Rodríguez Lost in 1st round