Somerset Patriots Celebrate Holidays With Annual Toy Drive

Bridgewater, N.J. – The Somerset Patriots hosted its annual Holiday Toy Drive on Saturday, December 9th at TD Bank Ballpark. All of the toys collected were donated to Toys For Tots Central New Jersey.

All of the toys were collected from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Somerset Patriots Team Store. Despite the snowy weather, everyone helped the Patriots collect a record number of toys. Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle was in attendance, where he met fans, signed autographs and took pictures. Fans who came out for the event also had exclusive access to significant Team Store discounts. ToysForTotsBlogs

Additionally, Santa Claus made the trip all the way down from the North Pole just for the toy drive and to take pictures with the children. Fans also had the opportunity to take photos and get autographs from Sparkee the Mascot.

The Patriots hosted its Holiday Kickoff with Somerset Sluggers Kids Club members. Kids got to write their wish lists to Santa, create snowflakes and draw colorful holiday pictures. Light refreshments were made available to everyone in attendance.

The Somerset Patriots recently completed their 20th Season Anniversary in which they led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018. The schedule for 2018 has officially been released. For more information about the 2018 season, please 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 to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information regarding the Atlantic League, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Somerset Patriots To Host Holiday Toy Drive For Toys For Tots

Holiday Toy DriveBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots and Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle have announced that they will host their annual Holiday Toy Drive at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday, December 9th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Fans will be able to bring new, unwrapped toys to the Somerset Patriots Team Store located at the ballpark throughout the day. The toys will be donated to Toys For Tots Central New Jersey.

Lyle will be at the event to meet fans, sign autographs, and take pictures from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The Patriots will welcome Santa Claus, who will take pictures with children at the ballpark.

Fans will have the opportunity to take photos and get autographs from Sparkee and his pal Slider.

“This is a special holiday event that we always look forward to each year. We have a tremendous group of fans that help us collect hundreds of toys for those less fortunate and help bring a little holiday cheer to those who need it, ” said Patrick McVerry, President/ General Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

On December 9th, the Patriots will also host a Holiday Kickoff with Somerset Sluggers Kids Club Members. Somerset Sluggers will be able to participate in special holiday activities and much more at the event. There will be holiday themed snacks available for all participants.

There will be special Holiday Gift Packages available for purchase, including the 5 For $55 plan. The Team Store will be open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The Somerset Patriots recently completed their 20th Season Anniversary in which they led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018. The schedule for 2018 has officially been released. For more information about the 2018 season, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots Relief Pitcher Dustin Antolin Signs With Chicago White Sox

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that 2017 right-handed relief pitcher Dustin Antolin has signed with the Chicago White Sox organization. He recently completed his first season with the Patriots.

Antolin originally joined the Patriots on July 19th and provided an instant impact at the back-end of the bullpen. The former major leaguer appeared in 21 games as a reliever during the regular season, registering one win and four saves with a 2.07 ERA over 21.2 innings of work. Additionally, he struck out 29 batters against just three walks over that span and did not allow an earned run over his first 14 appearances (15 innings). Antolin-Blog

The Hawaii native was a member of a Patriots bullpen that at one time boasted six pitchers with service at the major league level (A.J. Achter, Duane Below, Keith Hessler, Dustin Molleken and Kyler Newby). He made one appearance in the postseason for Somerset.

Antolin shined a year before joining the Patriots with Triple-A Buffalo, where he posted a 2.04 ERA with 10 saves and 61 strikeouts over 53 innings pitched. That earned him a promotion to the big leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays in May of 2016. He made one appearance with Toronto, spinning two innings of work.

The 11th-round draft pick spent the first nine seasons of his professional career in the Blue Jays organization before he joined the Washington Nationals to begin 2017. He appeared in 24 games (four starts) with Triple-A Syracuse prior to signing with the Patriots in July.

Antolin becomes the 14th player from Somerset’s 2017 roster to be added to a Major League organization. He joins left-handed pitchers Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell (twice) and Aaron Laffey, along with right-handed pitchers Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro and Mitch Atkins as pitchers to either have their contracts purchased or sign with an MLB club. Infielders Tyler Bortnick and Joe Maloney – alongside outfielders Jerry Sands, Christian Marrero and Justin Pacchioli – also joined Major League organizations this year.

The Somerset Patriots recently completed their 20th Season Anniversary in which they led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018. The schedule for 2018 has officially been released. For more information about the 2018 season, please 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 to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information regarding the Atlantic League, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Somerset Patriots And Infielder Scott Kelly Launch School Program

Scott Kelly- Home Run Program BlogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots and infielder Scott Kelly have launched the “Hit A Home Run” school program this off-season to bring a special message to students.

 

“Hit A Home Run” was designed as a straightforward plan to help kids visualize ways to eat right, exercise, make smart choices, and be a good teammate. Kelly leads the program using a baseball diagram and the infield bases to show how each topic discussed can help a person live a healthy and happy life to achieve their goals.

 

“Everything in life can be looked at with this plan,” said Kelly. “It starts with what you can do for yourself to help you on your way to success. 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.”

 

Kelly discusses examples of each of the topics in his own life and then allows the students to interact throughout the program with their own examples or questions.

 

“Hit A Home Run” debuted at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Edison on Wednesday, November 15th. The Somerset Patriots and Kelly will bring the program to dozens of schools throughout the Central New Jersey area.

 

“I’m really excited to launch this program and deliver the message to as many students as possible,” Kelly added. “These are all important topics that translate well in the program. Everything from health and wellness, respect and compassion for each other, and setting goals is covered. All of these are discussed daily at schools and at home. It sometimes helps to hear it from somebody new.”

 

For more information about the “Hit A Home Run” school program, please call (908) 252-0700 or e-mail [email protected].

 

The Somerset Patriots recently completed their 20th Season Anniversary in which they led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018. The schedule for 2018 has officially been released. For more information about the 2018 season, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots Announce Four New Front Office Hires

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the addition of four new hires to their front office staff for the upcoming 2018 season. Hal Hansen, Ken Smith, Chris Dillon and Ian Gatehouse have all joined the Patriots team and are currently working to ensure the 20th season of baseball at TD Bank Ballpark will be the best one yet. new-guys-blog

Hal Hansen joins the Patriots as the team’s new Director of Marketing. The Manasquan, New Jersey resident enters his first season in Somerset with 14 years of service working in minor league baseball – all with the Lakewood Blue Claws. Hansen began his time there as the Assistant Director of Ticket Sales and an original member of the front office before transitioning into the Director of Marketing and Promotions: a role he held for his final 10 seasons down the shore.

“After 14 years with one organization, I am very excited to join a new culture and a new community,” said Hansen. “There is a new energy around this team and I am ready to help out any way that I can.”

Ken Smith begins his time in Somerset after spending the last three years with the New Jersey Devils in sales and service. The current Garwood resident takes over as the Patriots’ new Corporate Sales Manager and will oversee the team’s digital displays.

“The Patriots have been super welcoming so far,” said Smith with a smile. “It has been an easy transition for me and my family to come into baseball – a sport that I played as a kid. I love how versatile the organization is and how I now have an opportunity to try my hand in many different departments.”

The Patriots are also welcoming in two new Group Sales Managers to their team this year. Chris Dillon and Ian Gatehouse join the bullpen for their first years with the team. Dillon, a Duquesne University alum, carries two years of service as an Account Executive with Bethlehem Steel FC into his first campaign with the six-time Atlantic League champions.

“It’s great to be here with a great organization,” said Dillon. “I’m very excited to begin a new chapter in Somerset.”

Gatehouse, a recent graduate of Johnson and Wales University, was brought on by the team after holding sales internships with the New York Islanders, New York Yankees, New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays.

“I feel like it is a family already,” added Gatehouse. “Everyone has been very welcoming here so far. I am now ready to take the next step in my career.”

All four new employees have already begun their tenure in Somerset and are open for business.

The Somerset Patriots recently completed their 20th Season Anniversary in which they led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018. The schedule for 2018 has officially been released. For more information about the 2018 season, please 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 to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information regarding the Atlantic League, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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