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Somerset Patriots
Somerset Patriots
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Information
League Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (Liberty Division)
Location Bridgewater Township, New Jersey
Ballpark TD Bank Ballpark
Year founded 1997
League championships 6 (2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2015)
Division championships 12 (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)
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
  • talkinball.net
  • NJ.com
  • Franklin Reporter Advocate
  • Recorder Newspapers
  • Packet Publications
  • WCTC
Website www.somersetpatriots.com

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 six Championship Series titles in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, and most recently, 2015. Their most recent playoff appearance was in 2017 when they lost in the Semifinals against the Long Island Ducks.

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 13-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 24, 2012. The Patriots defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters with a score of 6-5, in the day game of a day/night doubleheader.

On November 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]

Former professional football player Donald Jones briefly played for the Patriots during his recovery from a kidney transplant.[3]

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 Armour 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 includes maroon piping and the "Patriots" wordmark centered across the front in navy blue and maroon. The away jersey also features 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 voice of the Patriots Marc Schwartz.

TV

The Somerset Patriots created their own media network, SPN.tv., in 2014. SPN.tv covers 20 live-stream home games during the season, along with various original programming that features the players, team, front office, fans, community involvement and more. The network is live all year long on www.spn.tv so everyone can enjoy the Somerset Patriots 365 days/year.

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.[4] The team also employs another character, a cat (according to Somerset Patriots staff (sometimes mistaken for a 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.[5] 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 2016[6][7]
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 6-4 (lost league championship)
2014 85-55 .607 1st in Liberty Division 2-3 (lost in division final)
2015 89-50 .640 1st in Liberty Division 6-3 (won league championship)
2016 77-63 .550 1st in Liberty Division 2-3 (lost in division final)
2017 74-65 .532 2nd in Liberty Division 3-4 (lost in division final)
Totals (1998-2017) 1288-1066 .541 - 43-34

Current roster



Retired numbers

42 (Jackie Robinson)
2B, Retired throughout professional baseball on April 15, 1997
28 (Sparky Lyle)
MGR, Retired by the Patriots on June 14, 2014

References

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Achievements
Preceded by
Lancaster Barnstormers
2014
Atlantic League Champions
Somerset Patriots

2015
Succeeded by
incumbent
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

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