Somerset Patriots Welcome Back Big Leaguer Jimmy Paredes

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that six-year Major League veteran Jimmy Paredes has been re-signed for the 2020 season.

“I feel great coming back to the Patriots,” said Paredes. “It feels like I’m coming back home. Somerset is another family to me.” Paredes Blogs 2020

Paredes enters his second season with the Somerset Patriots and third in the Atlantic League. The former big leaguer posted strong numbers in his first season in Somerset despite missing the first two months of the season. After making his debut in late June, Paredes went on to hit .265 with 13 home runs and 45 RBI over 63 games. That includes an impressive month of September to end the season in which he hit .333 with five home runs, six doubles, 18 RBI and four stolen bases. Paredes finished the season on a 10-game hit stretch – over which he slashed .425 – and had reached base safely in 16 of his last 17 games.

The Dominican Republic countryman also briefly appeared in 21 games with the Lancaster Barnstormers in 2018, where he posted a .363 batting average with three home runs and 14 RBI over 21 games. Over 84 total games in his two seasons in the Atlantic League, Paredes reps a .289 average with 16 home runs, 59 RBI, seven stolen bases and a .480 slugging percentage.

“We could not wait to get Jimmy in last year and when we finally arrived, he started out with a bang,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Jimmy has the ability to take over a game and put the team on his back. He continues to get stronger and stronger and really has true power. He can play multiple positions for us and he is also a switch hitter who can do damage from both sides of the plate. It will really help to get Paredes here to start the season to get much needed reps and get comfortable as he looks to have a big year.”

Paredes spent parts of 2011-2016 in the Major Leagues, split between five different teams. He broke into the “bigs” with the Houston Astros in 2011 after he was acquired in a trade with right-handed pitcher Mark Melancon from the New York Yankees for 1B/OF Lance Berkman. Paredes spent three seasons with the Astros before he split 2014 between the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles.

His best season in the Majors came in 2015 with the Orioles, where he hit .275 over 104 games with 10 home runs and 42 RBI. Paredes then played seven games with the Blue Jays to begin 2016 before finishing the season with 76 games in a Philadelphia Phillies uniform.

The switch hitter hit .251 with 20 home runs, 100 RBI and 19 stolen bases over 332 games at the big league level.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, May 1st for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. Single Game Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 2nd, but fans can purchase Ticket Packages and Flex Tickets now to get their seats early. 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)

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

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

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Somerset Patriots To Extend Protective Netting At TD Bank Ballpark

NettingBlogsBridgewater, NJ – Following the lead of Major League Baseball and its ballparks, the Somerset Patriots have announced that the team will extend the protective netting at TD Bank Ballpark for the upcoming 2020 season.

“In listening to our fans, and following the excellent example set by Major League Baseball, we have decided it is the right time to extend the netting at the ballpark,” said Somerset Patriots Chairman Emeritus Steve Kalafer. “Our goal will always be to provide our fans with the very best experience in our clean and safe ballpark.”

According to longtime Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry, the team will add netting to the seating sections from 110 to 122 and sections 208 to 218 on the third base side and 109 to 121 and 209 to 217 on the first base side. The current netting will also be replaced to match the new product and strength.

The project is being done by Sportsfield Specialties, who also extended the netting for the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles to name a few.

“We are very excited for the new netting at the ballpark,” said Somerset Patriots Co-Chairman Josh Kalafer. “As we look forward to our next 20 years, updates to the ballpark and the overall fan experience will be necessary to help us constantly improve, while continuing to provide the highest possible level of customer service to our customers. We believe fans will really love what we have in store.”

The new netting will be the same used at Yankees Stadium and will be made of a material called Dyneema Ultra Cross Knotless Netting. The product has a special green coating that has 95% see through visibility from the seating bowl. The Dyneema netting is 15% stronger than steel and 40% stronger than aramid fibers.

“Extending the netting allows us to further our tradition of providing safe family fun,” said Somerset Patriots Co-Chairman Jonathan Kalafer. “We have seen firsthand how our groundbreaking partnership with Major League Baseball is helping to shape the present and future of the game we love on and off the field.”

This will be the second netting extension that the Somerset Patriots have done since 2017. The first added netting to sections 107, 108 and parts of sections 109 and 110.

“We are very excited about the improvements coming to TD Bank Ballpark now and in the future,” said Shanel Robinson, Somerset County Freeholder Director. “The Somerset Patriots continue to grow in prestige and reputation throughout the baseball community. Through the partnership with Major League Baseball, our hometown team has been at the forefront of the changes made in the game and ballparks around the country. It’s great to see the team’s commitment to their fans in all aspects, including fan enjoyment, engagement and safety.”

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, May 1st for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. Single Game Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 2nd, but fans can purchase Ticket Packages and Flex Tickets now to get their seats early. 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)

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

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

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Somerset Patriots and RWJBarnabas Health Launch School Program

Social SlideBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots and RWJBarnabas Health have teamed up to launch the “Hit A Home Run” education program to bring a healthy, baseball-inspired message to young students directly in their schools.

“Hit A Home Run” is an in-school, assembly-style education program designed to teach young children how to eat healthier, how to make smarter lifestyle choices, how to be a good teammate and friend, and also to understand the importance of exercise. The program is delivered by Former Somerset Patriots Pitcher, Nate Roe, who worked with health experts at RWJBarnabas Health to develop the content for the program.

During each assembly, Roe uses a baseball diagram as a visual tool. Each base in the infield represents a goal for the children to reach: Eating Healthy (first base), Exercise (second base), Smart Choices (third base), and Teammates (home plate). By accomplishing each goal, the students “round the bases” to hit a home run in their lives.

Roe uses his own personal real-life examples for each of the topics and allows the students to interact throughout the program with their own examples and questions.

“The topics discussed in the program are important for children to learn and incorporate in their daily routines from a young age,” said Roe, who had a seven-year professional baseball career, most recently with the Patriots. “It’s a wide-ranging discussion about being good to yourself and others to be the best all-around person you can be inside and out. I’m excited to reinforce this message to school children from a different perspective than they are probably used to.”

“Hit A Home Run” is available to schools in the Somerset, Middlesex, Union, and Hunterdon County area. The Somerset Patriots and RWJBarnabas Health expect to bring the program to dozens of schools throughout the year.

In addition to the assembly, the program also includes other elements to support the program in the classroom, as well as other activities and online lessons.

“RWJBarnabas Health has had a longstanding relationship with the Somerset Patriots and has a shared commitment to creating healthier communities,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer for RWJBarnabas Health. “Through this partnership, we are able to bring health and wellness education directly into the communities and the schools we serve to ensure that young children are more informed on healthy habits which can be easily maintained so they can live longer and healthier lifestyles.”

For more information about the “Hit A Home Run” program, or to book your event, please call (908) 252-0700 or e-mail patriots@somersetpatriots.com.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, May 1st 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 RWJBARNABAS HEALTH
RWJBarnabas Health, the state’s most comprehensive academic health care system, is dedicated to creating healthier communities across New Jersey. Its service area covers 9 New Jersey counties serving over 5 million diverse residents, or more than half of the state’s population. RWJBarnabas Health believes that with its system’s large New Jersey footprint they have the ability to make a positive and lasting impact on the health and well-being of their communities. Members of our communities, including our youth, need to be better educated on the importance of maintaining healthy lifestyles to prevent injuries and long-term illness. RWJBarnabas Health is committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure that the people they serve within the community recognize the benefits that come with taking care of their body.

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Ricky The Dragon Steamboat To Meet Fans At Somerset Patriots Game

SPB-6127 Ricky THE DRAGON Steamboat Elements 2020- 1080x1080 v2Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have announced that the team will host a meet and greet for fans with WWE Hall of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat during the 5:05 pm game at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday, July 19th.

Steamboat will be on the main concourse to sign autographs and take pictures with fans throughout the game. Fans can bring in items for signatures or purchase an 8”x10” at the ballpark.

The legendary wrestler was known as a consummate professional with great charisma, intensity and technical skill.

His most memorable matches came in a rivalry with Ric Flair while with WCW in 1989 and his iconic WrestleMania III bout versus Randy “Macho Man” Savage.

The three-matches between Steamboat and Flair are still ranked by experts and fans as among the best one-on-one contests ever held.

The Intercontinental Title match between Steamboat and Savage before 93,000 fans at the Pontiac Superdome in WrestleMania III is an award-winning bout and also ranks among the best in history for its excitement and technical display.

During his long and prestigious career, Steamboat was a one-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, a four-time U.S. Heavyweight Champion, a four-time World Television Champion, a twelve-time World Tag Team Champion, a three-time Mid-Atlantic, a two-time Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion, and a one-time WWE Intercontinental Champion.

The Hawaiian-born superstar was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Flair in 2009.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, May 1st for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. Single Game Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 2nd, but fans can purchase Ticket Packages and Flex Tickets now to get their seats early. 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)
With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

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

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Somerset Patriots Bring Back Team MVP Will Kengor

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have re-signed 2019 Team MVP and Atlantic League All-Star infielder Will Kengor for the 2020 season.

“I believe we have the right people to accomplish the high goals we have set for the team this year,” said Kengor. “I’m excited to get back to work in Somerset and help lead this team to a championship.” Will Kengor Blogs 2020

Kengor enters his second season with the Somerset Patriots and his second in the Atlantic League. The 27-year old led the team last year in batting average (.321), home runs (15), RBI (65), hits (152), at-bats (474), runs (70), doubles (32), walks (60), on-base percentage (.399), slugging percentage (.492) and OPS (.890). Additionally, he ranked second on the team in games played (129) and fourth in stolen bases (22), which also marked a career high.

The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native also ranked among league leaders in a number of categories. Kengor finished the season second in the Atlantic League in batting, OBP, and hits, fourth in OPS, and fifth in slugging, doubles, extra-base hits (49) and total bases (233). He was named both a Mid-Season All-Star (he went 2-for-3 in the All-Star game with a double, walk and a run scored) and a Post-Season All-Star as the league’s top third baseman.

Kengor enjoyed a number of notable stretches during his 2019 season in Somerset. The 6’3” infielder posted a 30-game on-base streak that stretched from August 2nd to September 3rd and ranked as the second-longest streak in the league. He then followed it up with a 16-game on-base streak to end the season that began on the next day. The one game in between the two streaks was the back-end of a day-night doubleheader, which meant Kengor reached base safely in each of the final 45 game days in the 2019 season (45 of the last 46 games). He also finished the season on a 21-game home on-base streak: the longest active home on-base streak in the league.

“We are extremely excited to have Will back in 2020,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Will came in last year as a wild card guy and we didn’t know exactly what to expect. We found out quickly he was the real deal. He went on to have a tremendous year and came up big for our club in so many ways. We look for Kengor to grow even more in year two with the Patriots. He has a great feel for the game and is also very knowledgeable.”

Prior to joining the Patriots, Kengor spent each of his last three years with the Traverse City Beach Bums (Frontier League); all three in which he was named a Mid-Season All-Star. Kengor slashed .304 with 35 home runs, 166 RBI and 25 stolen bases over his three combined seasons in Travese City, leading the team in all three categories over that stretch. Additionally, he twiced finished top 10 in the league in batting: seventh in 2018 (.311) and eighth in 2017 (.324).

Kengor played his collegiate ball at Slippery Rock University (Slippery Rock, PA). There, he ranks third all-time in batting (.394), fourth in triples (13), seventh in on-base percentage (.460) and ninth in hits (209). Additionally, Kengor hit .449 his senior season: fourth-best in the nation. He was selected in the 28th round of the 2014 MLB draft by the Detroit Tigers.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, May 1st 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)

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

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

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