Somerset Patriots Release Their 2019 Schedule

2019ScheduleReleaseWebBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced their schedule for the 2019 season, beginning at home on Friday, April 26th against the New Britain Bees at 7:05 pm.

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The 140-game Atlantic League schedule will run from Friday, April 26th through Sunday, September 22nd with an even split of 70 home and road games.

The Patriots will host 33 weekend games at TD Bank Ballpark. Game times for Monday through Saturday games are set for 7:05 pm, except for weekday games in April, May and September, which will begin at 6:35 pm. Sunday games are set for 1:05 pm in April, May, June and September, while changing to 5:05 pm in July and August.

The team will host 18 firework nights and will be home on Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12th and Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16th. The team’s promotional calendar of events is currently in the works and will be announced throughout the off-season.

Four day-night double headers are scheduled for the season. On Thursday, May 16th, the Patriots will take on the High Point Rockers at 11:05 am and 6:35 pm. On Wednesday, May 22nd, Somerset will host the Sugar Land Skeeters for an 11:05 am and 6:35 pm game. The Patriots will take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at 11:05 am and 7:05 on Wednesday, June 5th. The final day-night double header will take place on Wednesday, July 31st at 11:05 am and 7:05 pm against the York Revolution.

In addition to the early games of the day-night double headers, the Patriots will also have an 11:05 am games on Thursday, July 18th versus the York Revolution and Wednesday, August 14th versus the Lancaster Barnstormers.

The league’s 22nd season of play will feature eight member clubs, highlighted by the addition of the High Point (N.C.) Rockers. The club, which takes the place of the Road Warriors in the Liberty Division, is scheduled to play its inaugural home game at the state-of-the-art BB&T Point Ballpark on Thursday, May 2nd.

The ALPB schedule is divided into two 70-game halves, with the first half ending on Sunday, July 7th, and the regular season ending on Sunday, September 22nd. The first half and second half champions from the Liberty and Freedom Divisions will qualify for 2019 Atlantic League championship playoffs. Should one team win each half in their respective division, a wild card scenario comes into play where the team with the next best overall record, regardless of division, qualifies for the postseason. If both first half division champions win the second half as well, a double wild card scenario will be instituted. Both Division Championship Series matchups will take place the week of September 23rd, with the Atlantic League Championship Series occurring during the week of September 30th.
The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, April 26th for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. Stay up to date on all the team news throughout the offseason online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 40 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 70 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.
For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com

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Somerset Patriots Front Office Honored With Two Awards

Bridgewater, N.J. – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball has announced that Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry has been named the 2018 Joe Klein Executive of the Year. The Somerset Patriots have also received the Ken Shepard Award For Promotional Excellence for the second consecutive season. PatrickAwardBlogs

McVerry oversaw the Somerset Patriots’ 20th Season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018, where the team led the Atlantic League in total (369,119) and average attendance (5,127) for the second straight season. The Somerset Patriots also welcomed their 7,000,000th fan in franchise history on July 26th and won their 1,500th regular season game on August 29th.

The organization set a new Atlantic League Playoffs attendance record when 8,143 fans attended Game 3 of the Liberty Division Series at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday, September 21st.

As President/General Manager, McVerry is responsible for the daily operation of the organization and oversees all baseball and business operations, sales, and administration.

He is the only general manager to be in the league and with the same team for 20 years. He joined the Somerset Patriots in 1998 as the Director of Marketing and was promoted to President/General Manager by the middle of the 2002 season. This is the third time McVerry has been named the league’s top executive.

The Joe Klein Executive of the Year Award is in honor of the late Joe Klein, who was the Executive Director of the Atlantic League from its inception in 1998 until his passing in 2017.

The Ken Shepard Award For Promotional Excellence is presented to club that demonstrates extraordinary promotional impact throughout the Atlantic League season, creating a reputation of event marketing excellence

In 2018, the Somerset Patriots’ use of social media, video production, and their very popular mobile app, kept fans engaged with the team throughout the year.

The Somerset Patriots found success in special promotional nights featuring celebrity appearances. The team celebrated the 25th Anniversary of The Sandlot with the film’s star Tom Guiry, who played the lead “Scotty Smalls” in the 1993 baseball classic. The Somerset Patriots also welcomed WWE Hall of Famer “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase and New York Giants legend and Ring of Honor member Mark Bavaro to the ballpark this season.

A very popular promotion was the team’s Fortnite event on August 4th that helped bring one of the largest crowds of the season.

In addition to these promotions, the Somerset Patriots honored veterans, first responders, positive coaches, teachers and students with their own nights at the ballpark.

The award is named after the late Ken Shepard, who worked in baseball for nearly 30 years – including two as the general manager of the Bridgeport Bluefish – before he passed away in 2014. He made a name for himself wherever he worked for his unique knack for promotions that helped increase attendance and fan experience.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action in the spring of 2019. Stay up to date on all the team news throughout the offseason online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 40 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 70 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB.  The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.
For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com

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Two Patriots Named Atlantic League Post-Season All-Stars

Bridgewater, NJ – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball announced Tuesday that shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez and relief pitcher Mike Antonini have been named to the 2018 Post-Season All-Star Team.

Rodriguez earns this selection after completing his second season with the Somerset Patriots. The everyday starting shortstop led the Patriots in games played (122), at-bats (432), hits (131), runs (69), and RBI (55). His .303 batting average ranked second on the team and 10th in the Atlantic League, while his .395 on-base percentage was also second on the team and fourth in the league. He set a career-high with five home runs: fourth most on the Patriots. Postseason AllStar Blogs

The Oak Hill, Virginia native led all Atlantic League shortstops in batting, on-base percentage, games, runs, doubles, and walks (58). He also ranked second amongst shortstops in at-bats, hits, RBI and stolen bases (17). Defensively, Rodriguez played in more innings (1,034.2) and recorded more put-outs (190), assists (309), and double plays (76) than any other shortstop in the league.

Rodriguez enjoyed a number of memorable moments in his season. He was selected to represent Somerset in the 2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game. There, he went 3-for-3 from the plate, reached base four times, and recorded two RBI – including the game-tying and walk-off game-winning runs – en route to being named the All-Star Game MVP.

The second-year Patriot established a season-best nine-game hit streak from June 17th to June 27th and a 20-game on-base streak from June 17th to July 13th: third-longest on-base streak for the team this year. Additionally, he reached base safely in 102 of his 119 starts and Somerset was 34-14 in games in which he scored a run.

At the end of the regular season, Somerset Patriots fans voted Rodriguez as the team MVP. His impressive season carried over to the Atlantic League playoffs, where he went 7-for-16 from the plate, good for a team-best .438 batting average. He also scored a pair of runs, drew a team-high five walks and finished with a .591 on-base percentage over five games.

Somerset’s second Post-Season All-Star, left-handed pitcher Mike Antonini, also set forth a remarkable 2018 campaign. The southpaw reliever impressed with a 1.61 ERA over nine starts with the Patriots in 2017, but built upon those numbers out of the bullpen in 2018. He went 3-2 with a 1.41 ERA over 42 relief appearances, including a 56/11 strikeout-to-walk (K/BB) ratio over 51 innings of work.

The Aston, Pennsylvania native led the Atlantic League with a 0.76 WHIP (minimum of 40 innings pitched). Additionally, only Felipe Paulino (Sugar Land Skeeters) had a lower ERA (1.18) than Antonini in the entire league among pitchers with a minimum of 50 innings of work.

Antonini did not allow an earned run over his first 10 appearances, stretching 14.2 innings of work from April 27th to May 31st. He allowed just three hits over this stretch. The second-year Patriots lefty picked up his play again after June 14th. He allowed just four runs and four walks while striking out 32 batters with a 1.15 ERA over his final 27 appearances of the regular season. That included 14-straight shutout relief appearances from July 8th to August 18th.

His success continued in the postseason, where he made three scoreless and hitless relief appearances in consecutive games, striking out six batters against one walk over 3.1 innings of work.

The full 2018 Atlantic League Post-Season All-Star Team roster can be found at www.atlanticleague.com.

Additional Atlantic League awards will be announced in the following days, including the Red, White and Blue All-Defensive Team (Wednesday, October 10th), individual awards (Thursday, October 11th) and front office awards (Monday, October 15th).

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action in the spring of 2019. Stay up to date on all the team news throughout the offseason online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Somerset Patriots Lead League In Attendance During 20th Season At TD Bank Ballpark

Blogs- AttendanceBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots had a lot to celebrate during the 2018 season, which marked the team’s 20th season at their home TD Bank Ballpark.

Despite one of the rainiest summers on record, fans still helped the Somerset Patriots top the Atlantic League in total (369,119) and average (5,127) attendance for the second straight year. It was also the third consecutive season the Somerset Patriots led in total attendance.

“The unbelievable support from our fans, partners, and the community is never something our organization or the Kalafer family takes for granted,” said Somerset Patriots chairman Steve Kalafer. “20 years in and we continue to grow and work every day to provide the very best experience at the ballpark and in everything that we do. We’re excited about the future and the next 20 years in Somerset County.”

Fans’ love for the team was fully on display when 8,143 spectators set a new Atlantic League Playoffs attendance record to cheer the Somerset Patriots in Game 3 of the Liberty Division Series. The fans helped the team rally from an 0-2 deficit in the series to force an exciting and deciding Game 5 at home.

Blogs- 7millionThe 7,000,000th fan in franchise history entered the ballpark on Thursday, July 26th, making the Somerset Patriots one of the fastest teams to reach the milestone throughout minor league baseball.

On Saturday, June 2nd, the Somerset Patriots celebrated the 20th Anniversary of TD Bank Ballpark with a special ceremony that brought together the people that helped make our home a possibility. Past and present elected officials, dignitaries, architects, builders, and other members of the community crucial to the ballpark’s existence were recognized for all their efforts.

There was also a lot to celebrate on the field. The season began with a walk-off win and ended with an exciting playoff series that went to a decisive Game 5. The Somerset Patriots won the Liberty Division First Half Championship, extending their Atlantic League record with 19 Half Titles. By doing so, the team advanced to their sixth straight postseason under manager Brett Jodie and their 15th in franchise history.

blogs- masseyInfielder Craig Massey won the league’s batting title, hitting .338 for the season. Another notable performance came from shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez, who was named the Somerset Patriots Team MVP and the 2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game MVP.

Pitcher Vince Molesky finished second in the league with a 2.65 ERA and reliever Mike Antonini led the bullpen with his miniscule 1.41 ERA.

On Wednesday, August 29th, the Somerset Patriots won their 1,500th game in franchise history, becoming the fastest and only team in the league to reach the milestone.

“We had a great group of guys this year that really wanted to win,” said Jodie. “You can say that most years, but you really saw it with this team. They battled together and became a tight-knit family. We were extremely close to getting it done. Winning championships is always the goal, and we fell short there, but I believe that it shouldn’t take away from the hard work the team put in each night to represent the organization and the fans the right way.”

Blogs- BleichThe 20th Somerset Patriot to make the Major Leagues after time with the club occurred on July 13th when left-handed pitcher Jeremy Bleich was called up to the Oakland A’s. Right-handed pitcher Scott Copeland, who the Patriots signed for spring training, had his contract purchased by the New York Mets before the Atlantic League season started and he was also called up to the majors.

As aligned with the organization’s mission each year, the Somerset Patriots were very active in the community, raising money for charities, donating tickets to various non-profits, and spreading important messages to children in the community.

Infielder and fan-favorite Scott Kelly appeared at dozens of schools teaching kids to make smart choices and live healthy lifestyles by giving them a simple plan to follow each day.

Blogs- Kelly“It starts with what you can do for yourself to help you on your way to success,” said Kelly. “It sometimes helps to hear these topics from somebody new. Eating healthy and exercising are the first steps. Making the right choices and being around the right people, as well as being good to others, can help you be the best version of yourself.”

The team also partnered with the NJEA during the school year and Somerset County Library Services and the Courier News/Home News Tribune/MyCentralJersey.Com in the summer to encourage reading. Over 10,000 children participated in the programs over the course of the year.

The Somerset Patriots also used the ballpark on special nights to recognize teachers of the year, most improved students, veterans, first responders, and local coaches.

Now comes the off-season and all the planning for the 2019 campaign, beginning in late April. The schedule is currently in the works and will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Ducks Win Game 5. Eliminate Patriots From Playoffs.

LDCSG5 FBFinalBridgewater, NJ- The Long Island Ducks (3-2) defeated the Somerset Patriots (2-3) 3-2 in ten innings in Game 5 of the Liberty Division Championship Series at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday evening. With the win, the Ducks have won the Liberty Division Championship and will advance to the Atlantic League Championship.

The Ducks took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on an RBI infield single by Rubi Silva.

Endy Chavez hit a two-run single in the bottom of the third inning to give the Patriots a 2-1 advantage.

David Washington tied up the game in the top of the fifth inning with a two-out RBI single to make the score 2-2.

The Patriots threatened in the bottom of the ninth inning, but ultimately stranded the winning run on second base.

Long Island then took the lead in the top of the tenth inning on an RBI single by Ramon Cabrera for the 3-2 final.

Francisco Rodriguez (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless ninth inning. Logan Kensing (1-0) suffered the loss, allowing a run on three hits in an inning pitched. Matt Larkins earned the save, retiring the final three batters of the game.

Bobby Blevins pitched six strong innings, allowing two earned runs, in his return to Somerset in a no decision.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action in the spring of 2019. Stay up to date on all the team news throughout the off-season online, on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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