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Minor miracle: Islanders buck old trend, play for big club, while Brooklynites don’t

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Let’s check the rosters of the parent clubs of the Staten Island Yankees and the Cyclones.

For the New York Yankees, six alumni of its Staten Island affiliate, pitchers Chien-Ming Wang and Sean Henn; infielders Andy Phillips and Robinson Cano; and outfielders Melky Cabrera and Shelley Duncan, are all on the big club.

Meanwhile, the Mets had only one Brooklyn alumnus on the roster this season: Joe Smith, who, rather amazingly, pitched for the Cyclones last year. But Smith was sent back down last month.

For years, the Yankees were notorious for trading away their young talent for the likes of Ken Phelps, but it seems as if that trend is now a thing of the past.

This year, when the Yanks had an opportunity to acquire high-priced set-up man Eric Gagne for former Baby Bomber Cabrera, they passed.

Instead, they brought up rookie sensation Joba Chamberlain. And while he didn’t play on Statenâ₭¬Ë†Island, he has been, well, sensational.

Maybe the Mets can learn something from their cross-town rivals.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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