Somerset Patriots 2021 Schedule Announced

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Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, have released their 2021 season schedule. Opening Day on Tuesday, May 4th will mark Somerset’s debut as a Major League-affiliated team and member of the Double-A Northeast League.

“Each step closer to the season makes the past few months since the Yankees announcement seem that much more real,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “Seeing our names alongside these great minor league franchises we’ve admired for a long time is an honor we don’t take for granted. Our fans will enjoy the experiences they’ve come to love at our ballpark, now enhanced by the top prospects of the Yankees. It’s going to be an unbelievable summer.”

The Patriots will play a 120-game schedule designed to greatly improve travel due to the better geographic alignment of clubs. In addition to better working conditions for players and staff, geographic proximity will create exciting new local rivalries for fans.

“The 2021 Minor League Baseball season will preserve the unique local traditions, and the affordable fun and excitement that fans have loved for generations, while introducing more ways for fans to engage with their favorite team. As we strengthen player development, teams will continue to do what they always have: make games fun. We can’t wait for Minor League Baseball’s Opening Days in ballparks across the country,” said Morgan Sword, MLB’s Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations. “This schedule represents a big step forward for our player development system. Under this new alignment and format, travel will be significantly reduced for players and coaches, with an increase in off days. We hope that these new health and wellness improvements will help players in their path to the big leagues.”

The Patriots will host 60 home games at TD Bank Ballpark from May 4th through Sunday, September 19th. Fans will be able to see Somerset take on the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies), New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays), Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox), Reading Fightin’ Phils (Philadelphia Phillies), Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland Indians), Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates), Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles), Erie Seawolves (Detroit Tigers), Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals), and the Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants).

Every time a team visits TD Bank Ballpark this season, it will be for a six-game series beginning on a Tuesday and ending on a Sunday. Similarly, this will be the case when the Patriots are on the road.

The Patriots are one of just two teams in the Double-A Northeast League that will host 10 different teams at home: Reading being the other.

Game times will be determined and announced soon. More information will be made available in the coming weeks regarding the plans for individual tickets. All dates on the schedule are subject to change.

The excitement of the Patriots partnership with the Yankees has led to over 1,000 new deposits to secure season tickets for the team. With the release of the schedule, Patriots representatives will begin the process of reaching out to the priority list to start reserving 2021 ticket plans shortly.

About The Somerset Patriots
The Somerset Patriots are the new Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. Stay up to date on all Somerset Patriots news online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots Reach 1,000 New Season Ticket Deposits

Crowd SmallerBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots, the Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, have announced that the team has reached 1,000 deposits for brand new season ticket accounts for the upcoming 2021 season.

“Ever since the announcement was made that we were selected as the Yankees Double-A affiliate, the response has been overwhelming,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “It started out with an incredible amount of requests and has been steady every day since. We are excited to introduce our team to a whole new audience of baseball fans, while also making sure our longtime fans always remain at the top of our list.”

The soon to be released 2021 schedule will allow the team to determine the number of games expected to finalize ticket pricing. However, the Somerset Patriots have been accepting deposits for ticket plans to guarantee fans looking to reserve their spot at the ballpark.

“It’s important for us to continue to be an affordable option for families and businesses looking for a great night out at the ballpark,” added McVerry. “Fans can look for that tradition to be in place as we take our team to a whole new level.”

News broke on November 7, 2020 that the Yankees selected the Somerset Patriots as the franchise’s new Double-A affiliate. The Somerset Patriots were previously a founding member of the independent Atlantic League for 22 seasons, where they were a model of consistency and success on and off the field.

Major League Baseball recently announced that the Somerset Patriots are a member of the Double-A Northeast League and will take on the Bingham Rumble Ponies (New York Mets), Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies), New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays), Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox), Reading Fightin’ Phils (Philadelphia Phillies), Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland Indians), Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates), Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles), Erie Seawolves (Detroit Tigers), Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals), and the Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants) in 2021.

As a part of MLB’s realignment, many Minor League affiliates will be in significantly closer geographic proximity to the Major League Clubs with which they are associated. On average, Major League Clubs will now be over 200 miles closer to their Triple-A affiliates. By creating better geographical synergy between a Major League Club and its affiliates, more fans will be able to watch an organization’s players progress in their careers from the Minor Leagues to the big leagues in their home region.

About The Somerset Patriots
The Somerset Patriots are the new Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. Stay up to date on all Somerset Patriots news online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots Assigned To Double-A Northeast League By MLB

Somerset Patriots- Gonzalez SwingingBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, have been assigned to the Double-A Northeast League by Major League Baseball.

“This is a historic day for the Somerset Patriots,” said team President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “We are proud to begin our time as a Yankees affiliate as part of the new system created by MLB. As we’ve always done, we will do everything possible to create the best fan experience. It will only be enhanced by the opportunity to see future New York Yankees play at TD Bank Ballpark.”

Major League Baseball announced that all 120 Minor League Clubs offered an invitation to become Professional Development League (“PDL”) license holders have officially agreed to accept. These teams, selected as partners by Major League Clubs, will provide both facilities and communities that are essential to the development of the next generation of big-league stars.

The Somerset Patriots join the Bingham Rumble Ponies (New York Mets), Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies), New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays), Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox), Reading Fightin’ Phils (Philadelphia Phillies), Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland Indians), Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates), Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles), Erie Seawolves (Detroit Tigers), Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals), and the Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants).

As a part of MLB’s realignment, many Minor League affiliates will be in significantly closer geographic proximity to the Major League Clubs with which they are associated. On average, Major League Clubs will now be over 200 miles closer to their Triple-A affiliates. By creating better geographical synergy between a Major League Club and its affiliates, more fans will be able to watch an organization’s players progress in their careers from the Minor Leagues to the big leagues in their home region.

“We are excited to create this partnership with Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees,” said Somerset Patriots Chairman Emeritus Steve Kalafer. “We have significantly reinvested in our team, ballpark, and community. Our fans can be sure that we will always keep their best interest at heart and the future of baseball in Somerset County is stronger than ever.”

An invitation from the Yankees to the Somerset Patriots was confirmed in early November and officially extended in early December as a part of the MLB plan to restructure the Minor League Baseball system. This came after the expiration of their previous working arrangement, the Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA), in late September of 2020.

“We look forward to growing our brand locally and throughout the baseball community,” said Somerset Patriots Co-Chairman Jonathan Kalafer. “By entering this extraordinary partnership with MLB and the Yankees, we have committed to do our part to preserve the history and tradition of minor league baseball, while taking the necessary steps for modern player development.”

The Somerset Patriots were a founding member and the longest-tenured franchise of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. They won a league-best six championships across 22 seasons in the Atlantic League, drawing over 7.5 million fans through the gates at the award-winning TD Bank Ballpark.

“Everyone at our team is ready to meet the challenges ahead,” said Somerset Patriots Co-Chairman Josh Kalafer. “The ability to engage with MLB, and have access to the many tools and technologies provided to us, will help us enhance fan experience and improve player development on their journey to the big leagues.”

The remainder of the Yankees minor league system will feature: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A), Hudson Valley Renegades (High-A), and the Tampa Tarpons (Low-A).

Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said: “We are excited to unveil this new model, which not only provides a pipeline to the Majors, but continues the Minor Leagues’ tradition of entertaining millions of families in hundreds of communities. In modernizing our Minor League system, we prioritized the qualities that make the Minor Leagues such an integral part of our game while strengthening how we develop professional athletes on and off the field. We look forward to demonstrating the best of our game throughout local communities, supporting all those who are working hard to grow the sport, and sharing unrivaled technology and resources with minor league teams and players.”

The 2021 season will now officially mark the first season in franchise history with a Major League affiliation. Additional information on a schedule, coaching staff, and roster will be made public in the near future.

About The Somerset Patriots
The Somerset Patriots are the new Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. Stay up to date on all Somerset Patriots news online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots Officially Sign MLB PDL To Join New York Yankees Organization

Post Game Celebration2Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots officially signed Major League Baseball’s Professional Development License (PDL) prior to Wednesday’s deadline, formally accepting an invitation from the New York Yankees to become the team’s new Double-A affiliate. The PDL represents a 10-year agreement that guarantees Somerset will operate as the Yankees’ official Double-A affiliate through the 2030 season.

“We have always conducted our business paralleling the values of the New York Yankees,” said Somerset Patriots Chairman Emeritus Steve Kalafer. “We care about winning on and off the field and providing the best for our fans and the community we serve. In welcoming the Yankees, we have agreed to make TD Bank Ballpark the state-of-the-art minor league facility so that every ballplayer that comes through here will be able to reach their maximum potential.”

An invitation from the Yankees to the Somerset Patriots was confirmed in early November and officially extended in early December as a part of Major League Baseball’s plan to restructure the Minor League Baseball system. This came after the expiration of their previous working arrangement, the Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA), in late September of 2020.

All teams that received invitations from respective MLB organizations were given a February 10th deadline to sign the new PDL. Under this new structure, MiLB will be composed of four full-season leagues, consisting of 120 total teams.

The remainder of the Yankees minor league system will feature: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A), Hudson Valley Renegades (High-A), and the Tampa Tarpons (Low-A).

“We are extremely honored to join the Yankees family,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “We have worked hard as a staff and community for over two decades to receive this opportunity. We are ready to take the experiences that our fans have grown to love and enhance it with the excitement of Yankees Double-A baseball.”

The Somerset Patriots were a founding member and the longest-tenured franchise of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. They won a league-best six championships across 22 seasons in the Atlantic League, drawing over 7.5 million fans through the gates at the award-winning TD Bank Ballpark.

The 2021 season will now officially mark the first season in franchise history with a Major League affiliation. Additional information on a schedule, coaching staff, and roster will be made public in the near future.

About The Somerset Patriots
The Somerset Patriots are the new Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. Stay up to date on all Somerset Patriots news online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots Announce Phase 1 Of Ballpark Renovations

TD Bank Ballpark FrontBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, have announced initial “Phase 1” plans of renovations at TD Bank Ballpark. These plans are to meet specifications put forward by Major League Baseball ahead of the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

“Our ballpark is one of the most beautiful throughout the country,” said Somerset Patriots Chairman Emeritus Steve Kalafer. “It’s one of the many reasons the New York Yankees chose us as their Double-A affiliate. With the renovations required to meet new MLB standards, all minor league ballparks will need to make these improvements. We know that prospects coming through TD Bank Ballpark will have a state-of-the-art facility and one of the best they will ever play at in their careers.”

Included in these renovation plans are expansions on player facilities, new buildings, and upgrades to the playing surface and game presentation setup that will enhance the in-house experience for fans.

The Somerset Patriots have already begun demolition and cleaning of their home clubhouse to allow for better flow for players and coaches. The old gym inside the clubhouse will be relocated to a brand new 3,100 square foot gym facility located where the current maintenance yard rests. There will also be a new dedicated dining and kitchenette area in the clubhouse area per MLB specifications, along with renovated coaching and players spaces.

“We want the Yankees of tomorrow to love every minute of being a Somerset Patriot today,” said team Co-Chairman Jonathan Kalafer. “Our team has a special meaning to everyone involved in the organization and the community. We know that these ballpark improvements will be a big part of helping make this feel like home for our players.”

The new 3,100 square foot gym will be in a new building constructed to include approximately 1,000 square feet of storage and maintenance space for field equipment and materials. This will be one of two new buildings constructed on the TD Bank Ballpark site.

The other will be an approximate 4,300 square foot multipurpose indoor space. This will feature two new, retractable batting tunnels allowing for year-round training. It will be built parallel to the first base gate, extending slightly into the red lot.

“As a family, and ballclub, we will take great pride in knowing that the efforts put forth will help develop and support these young men on their journey to the Big Leagues,” said Somerset Patriots Co-Chairman Josh Kalafer. “We’ve had a lot of success in our history at seeing players go on to achieve their dreams. Each of these upgrades are designed in some way to help future Yankees get the most out of their time in Somerset.”

Inside the ballpark, the location of the current batting cage will be transformed into new rooms for various use. This includes: a new, dedicated female staff locker room, New York Yankees video room, umpire’s locker room, a roving instructors locker room, a new grounds crew office and additional storage space.

Other cosmetic changes fans can anticipate for the 2021 season include: a renovated home bullpen that will be moved off the playing surface and into a portion of the existing lawn seating area with cover for the players, new safety padding all around the interior walls and outfield walls of the ballpark, and brand-new ballpark lighting as a first step to make TD Bank Ballpark both more energy efficient and upgrade the playing surface for the team. The home and visiting dugouts will also be refinished with new benches, racks, and flooring.

New for 2021, TD Bank Ballpark will be outfitted with a brand-new multi-camera broadcast/in-game entertainment system to enhance the fan experience. This new broadcast system will provide an upgraded visual experience on the team’s existing scoreboard, including instant replay.

“It’s been a very interesting few months of looking at plans for the ballpark and what it will look like in 2021 and beyond,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “We have great leadership in the Kalafer family that are willing to invest in the long-term success of our team and ballpark for the fans, players, partners, and our community. To say it is an exciting time around here would be an understatement.”

A “Phase 2” of ballpark renovations will continue in the fall of 2021. These will likely include, but not limited to: visitor clubhouse upgrades, a relocation of the team’s executive office, and possible further scoreboard upgrades.

About The Somerset Patriots
The Somerset Patriots are the new Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. Stay up to date on all Somerset Patriots news online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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