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Somerset Patriots

Somerset Patriots
Team logo Cap insignia
League Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (Liberty Division)
Location Bridgewater Township, New Jersey
Ballpark TD Bank Ballpark
Year founded 1997
League championships 5 (2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009)
Division championships 9 (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013)
Colors Navy blue, maroon, silver, white
                   
Ownership Steve Kalafer
Manager Brett Jodie
General Manager Patrick McVerry
Media
  • Bridgewater Courier-News
  • Home News Tribune
  • MyCentralJersey.com
  • NJ.com
  • Franklin Reporter Advocate
  • Recorder Newspapers
  • Packet Publications
Website .com.somersetpatriotswww

The Somerset Patriots are an American professional baseball team based in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey. They are a member of the Liberty Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From the 1999 season to the present, the Patriots have played their home games at TD Bank Ballpark.

The Patriots are the winningest franchise of the Atlantic League, capturing five Championship Series titles in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, and most recently, 2009.

The "Patriots" name refers to the Middlebrook encampment where the first official flag of the United States was unfurled, after a law to adopt a national flag had been passed by Congress on June 14, 1777. By special order of Congress, a thirteen star flag is flown 24 hours a day at the Washington Camp Ground, part of the former Middlebrook encampment, in Bridgewater Township.

History

The Somerset Patriots were one of the founding members of the Atlantic League in 1998. However, the team spent its inaugural season as a road team while TD Bank Park was being constructed. In the 1999 season, the Patriots opened their ballpark, where they quickly became one of the most successful franchises of the league in both of the win and attendance columns.

For spring training in 2009, the Somerset Patriots became the first Atlantic League team to hold its spring training in its own locale, at the Jack Cust Baseball Academy in nearby Flemington, instead of the traditional site in Lakeland, Florida. The Lancaster Barnstormers and the York Revolution followed suit in 2009, primarily because of the 2008 economic recession.[1]

The Somerset Patriots, and then Manager Sparky Lyle, won their 1,000th game on July 24th, 2012. The Patriots defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters with a score of 6 to 5, in the day game of a day/night doubleheader.

On Nov 27,2012 it was announced Current Somerset Pitching Coach & former major league pitcher Brett Jodie will become the new manager with Lyle becoming Manager Emeritus.[2]

Logos and uniforms

The Somerset Patriots official colors are navy blue, maroon, and silver. The primary logo depicts a Continental soldier in navy blue with white stars on his shoulder and maroon stripes flowing to his left, a reference to the U.S. flag. Centered below the soldier is the wordmark in navy blue underlined by a silver baseball bat outlined in navy blue. The word "Somerset" is centered above the wordmark in maroon.

The Patriots wear caps produced by Under Armor and uniforms by Majestic Athletic. The caps are navy blue throughout with the cap logo centered on the front. The cap logo consists of the Continental soldier's head outlined in white and maroon. The Patriots also have an alternate cap that has a navy blue crown with a maroon brim and button. The cap logo on the alternate cap consists of a scripted "S" in maroon with white outline and the Patriot-head cap logo superimposed. The home jersey is sleeveless with maroon piping and the "Patriots" wordmark centered across the front in navy blue and maroon. The away jersey features full sleeves with maroon piping and the "Somerset" wordmark. The belt, socks, and undershirt are navy blue.

The Patriots alternate jersey is navy blue with silver piping. The "Patriots" wordmark is centered on the chest in maroon with white outline, and a white star in the underscore. |-

Radio

All of the Patriots' games are broadcast on WCTC 1450 AM, with former Miami Hurricanes Play by Play announcer and new "Voice of the Patriots" Justin Antweil. Antweil has drawn many comparisons to CBS sport's Ian Eagle for his quick wit and fun, but informative, approach to play calling.

Mascots

One of the Somerset Patriots' official mascots is an anthropomorphic dog named Sparkee. He wears the team's home uniform with white sneakers. The mascot debuted on July 11, 1998 at the Atlantic League's first All-Star Game at Bernie Robbins Stadium in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sparkee's name refers to the Patriots first manager, Sparky Lyle.[3] The team also employs another character of unknown species (although many speculate it to be either Felidae-cat or Ursidae-bear) named Slider. After training with Sparkee for several months, he debuted in the 2007 season. Slider wears the Patriots' navy blue alternate jersey with gray pants.[4] A mascot named "TD" (after the stadium's sponsor) debuted in the June 30th, 2010 game against the Camden Riversharks. Also the team has a live mascot known as 'General Admission' who wears the traditional uniform donned by those fighting for the colonies during the American Revolution complete with the three cornered hat and musket.

Season-by-season records

Somerset Patriots - 1998 to 2014[5][6]
Season W - L Record Winning Percentage Finish Playoffs
1998 40-59 .404 4th Overall Did not qualify for playoffs
1999 60-60 .500 3rd Overall 0-3 (lost league championship)
2000 74-66 .528 1st in South Division 0-3 (lost league championship)
2001 83-43 .659 1st in South Division 3-2 (won league championship)
2002 65-60 .480 4th in South Division Did not qualify for playoffs
2003 67-59 .532 2nd in South Division 3-2 (won league championship)
2004 68-58 .540 3rd in South Division Did not qualify for playoffs
2005 78-62 .557 3rd in South Division 5-1 (won league championship)
2006 65-61 .515 3rd in South Division Did not qualify for playoffs
2007 75-51 .595 1st in South Division 3-4 (lost league championship)
2008 74-66 .528 1st in Freedom Division 5-1 (won league championship)
2009 86-54 .614 1st in Freedom Division 6-2 (won league championship)
2010 75-65 .535 1st in Freedom Division 2-3 (lost in division final)
2011 49-74 .398 3rd in Freedom Division Did not qualify for playoffs
2012 65-74 .468 3rd in Freedom Division Did not qualify for playoffs
2013 90-49 .647 2nd in Freedom Division 4-6 (lost league championship)
2014 85-55 .607 1st in Freedom Division 1-9 (lost in division final)
Totals (1998–2014) 1199-1016 .541 - 32-36

Current roster

Retired numbers

Jackie Robinson
2B
Retired throughout
professional baseball
on April 15, 1997

28 Sparky Lyle(manager emeritus)

References

  1. ^ Spring training to take place in New Jersey
  2. ^ http://www.somersetpatriots.com/
  3. ^ Sparkee the mascot
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Atlantic League information
  6. ^ http://atlantic.bbstats.pointstreak.com/standings.html?leagueid=174&seasonid=12585 Atlantic League Standings

External links

Official websites

  • Somerset Patriots
  • Atlantic League of Professional Baseball

Blogs

  • Ryan Dunleavy's Patriots Blog
  • Atlantic League Baseball
  • Atlantic League Independent

Mobile Apps

  • iPhone
  • Android
Achievements
Preceded by
Newark Bears
2007
Atlantic League Champions
Somerset Patriots

2008, 2009
Succeeded by
York Revolution
2010
Preceded by
Long Island Ducks
2004
Atlantic League Champions
Somerset Patriots

2005
Succeeded by
Lancaster Barnstormers
2006
Preceded by
Newark Bears
2002
Atlantic League Champions
Somerset Patriots

2003
Succeeded by
Long Island Ducks
2004
Preceded by
Nashua Pride
2000
Atlantic League Champions
Somerset Patriots

2001
Succeeded by
Newark Bears
2002
Achievements
Preceded by
Somerset Patriots
South Division
2007
Freedom Division Champions
Somerset Patriots

2008, 2009, 2010
Succeeded by
York Revolution
2011
Preceded by
Lancaster Barnstormers
2006
South Division Champions
Somerset Patriots

2007
Succeeded by
Somerset Patriots
Freedom Division
2008
Preceded by
Camden Riversharks
2004
South Division Champions
Somerset Patriots

2005
Succeeded by
Lancaster Barnstormers
2006
Preceded by
Newark Bears
2002
South Division Champions
Somerset Patriots

2003
Succeeded by
Camden Riversharks
2004
Preceded by
South Division Created
South Division Champions
Somerset Patriots

2000, 2001
Succeeded by
Newark Bears
2002
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