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Bannister returns to KeySpan Park

Brian Bannister pitched for Brooklyn in 2003.

Mets starting pitcher Brian Bannister returned to his old stomping grounds Wednesday as his Brooklyn Cyclones uniform number was retired, along with the unveiling of his very own bobblehead statue.

The Mets drafted the 25-year-old Bannister, the son of ex-big leaguer pitcher Floyd Bannister, out of USC in 2003 in the seventh round of the amateur draft. The ex-Trojan made his debut with the Cyclones that year, going 4-1 with 2.15, best on the Brooklyn staff that year and earning selection to the New York-Penn League All-Star game. Bannister was excited to reacquaint himself with Coney... Recommended Stories