Somerset Patriots 1B/OF Joe Maloney Signed By Baltimore Orioles

maloney blogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that first baseman/outfielder Joe Maloney has been signed by the Baltimore Orioles organization.

Maloney briefly joined the Somerset Patriots at the end of 2017 and the playoffs after an MVP season with the Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am League. He appeared in two regular season games in Somerset where hit .444 with two doubles and an RBI. He scored a run and had an RBI in the opening game of the Liberty Division Series.

For Rockland, Maloney set a new Can-Am League record with 35 home runs to go along with his .282 average, 84 runs, 105 hits, 24 doubles, and 101 RBI. Both his home runs and RBI led the league.

Maloney has prior minor league service in the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins organizations. He played in 39 games for Double-A Chattanooga in 2016 and had six home runs and 51 RBI.

Maloney has a career .265 average with 350 runs, 557 hits, 144 doubles, 10 triples, 93 home runs, and 402 RBI over seven seasons.

He is the 13th player from Somerset’s 2017 roster to join a Major League organization 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. 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 37 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 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, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Somerset Patriots Unveil TD Bank Ballpark’s 20th Anniversary Logo

BallparkBlogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have unveiled a logo in celebration of TD Bank Ballpark’s 20th Anniversary for use during the upcoming 2018 season.

The logo was designed by the team’s ad agency, Forrest & Blake, and features a full color drawing of the ballpark on the Atlantic League’s red and blue seamed baseball.

The baseball is surrounded by a round navy blue border with the words “TD Bank Ballpark” in white on the top and the years 1999 and 2018 listed in white on the bottom with silver stars. 1999 signifies the year the ballpark opened and 2018 being the current season. The years are separated by the Somerset Patriots primary logo on the bottom of the border.

The logo is tied together with a red banner with the words “20 Years” shaded in white and silver on it. The entire logo is outlined and highlighted in gold.

“We are very excited to celebrate our 20th season at our home, TD Bank Ballpark,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 seasons, but I guess the saying that time flies when you’re having fun applies here. We look to continue to grow and provide our fans with a fresh and fun experience every time they come out to a game.”

TD Bank Ballpark opened for business on June 7, 1999 and has become the premier family and community destination in Central New Jersey.

The award-winning ballpark has consistently welcomed over 370,000 fans per season and over 5,200 fans per game since opening. The Somerset Patriots are projected to welcome the 7,000,000th fan to TD Bank Ballpark in late July of 2018.

Ballpark Digest’s two-time winner of Best Independent Minor League Ballpark (2015 & 2016) is home to 70 Somerset Patriots homes games each year, as well as several outside events ranging from baseball tournaments, high school and college games, fundraising events, concerts, and many other uses.

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. 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 37 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 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, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Somerset Patriots Recognized by Atlantic League For Excellence In Promotions

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have been recognized by the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball with the Ken Shepard Award for Promotional Excellence, the league announced Wednesday. Additionally, the Patriots have been awarded the league’s Promotion of the Year for hosting the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game.

The 2017 season marked the first time in franchise history that the Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in both total attendance (355,256) and average attendance (5,224 per game). The year featured many unique promotions that drove attendance and entertained fans, including two different teacher appreciation nights, most improved students nights, appearances from Beauty and the Beast, Minions, Spiderman, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ballpark Comic Con, along with 21 displays of the best fireworks in New Jersey. Promotion-Award-Blog

The season came to an exclamation point on Friday, September 22nd when the Patriots set a new Atlantic League postseason attendance record of 8,131 fans for game three of the Liberty Division Championship Series. It broke the league’s previous record of 7,647 fans, set by the Patriots in 2015.

Additionally, the team’s use of their various social media platforms, video production and highly successful mobile app helped the Patriots keep their fans engaged all year long.

In the middle of July, league executives, front office members, players, coaches, family and fans converged in central New Jersey for the league’s 20th All-Star Game. The festivities were kicked off with a memorable evening at the Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station for the All-Star Gala. The night included player recognition, food and drink, two hot air balloons, an appearance from George Washington and a re-enacting of the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

The All-Star Game, presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, was hosted at TD Bank Ballpark the following day to a massive turnout of fans along with a highly-successful Revolutionary War theme. Crossroads of the American Revolution helped re-create a Revolutionary War campsite and atmosphere both inside and outside the ballpark.

The voice of the New York Yankees John Sterling hosted the Home Run Derby and Tony-nominated and Emmy Award-winner Liz Callaway performed the National Anthem before the game, while BirdZerk and the ZOOperstars entertained fans during the game. After the final out was recorded, the 8,175 fans in attendance were treated to the biggest fireworks display in the ballpark’s history.

The award for promotional excellence is named after the late Ken Shepard. Mr. Shepard 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 nack for promotions that helped increase attendance and fan experience.

This year’s Joe Klein Executive of the Year award recipient is Jay Miller, the president of the Sugar Land Skeeters. The award takes on extra meaning this year with Mr. Klein’s recent passing. Mr. Klein’s work in baseball spanned over six decades. He served as the Executive Director of the Atlantic League from its inception in 1998 until his passing and is survived by his sons J.K and Todd, daughter-in-laws Ruth and Robin, and granddaughter Hannah.

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. 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 37 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 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, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Somerset Patriots Infielder Carlos Guzman Named To League’s All-Defensive Team

Bridgewater, NJ- Somerset Patriots infielder Carlos Guzman has been named to the 2017 Atlantic League Red, White and Blue All-Defensive Team, the league announced Thursday. Guzman is the lone Patriot to make the team, and has been selected for his fine defensive season at first base.

The second-year Patriot finished second in the league in fielding percentage among first baseman (.997) with a minimum of 500 innings. He committed just two errors over 626 chances at first base. Additionally, Guzman finished third in the league in innings at first base (641.1) and put-outs (598). Only Travis Scott (Sugar Land) and Jon Griffin (New Britain) had more innings and chances at first base than Guzman; both of whom finished with at least five errors each. Guzman-Defense-Blog

Possibly most impressive about Guzman’s season is that it was his first as an everyday first baseman. Prior to playing 76 games at first base in 2017, the Brooklyn native had played just 26 games at first in his professional career. That includes eight games at first with the Patriots in 2016.

In addition to his time at first base this season, Guzman also made seven appearances at third base and played 22 games in the outfield. Overall, he yielded just four errors over 666 chances in the field in 2017, good for a .996 fielding percentage.

Guzman also enjoyed success from the plate this year as he led the team in games (120), at-bats (454), hits (113) and finished second on the team in RBI (56).

This marks the second-straight season in which a Somerset Patriot has made the Red, White and Blue All-Defensive team. Last year, outfielder Aharon Eggleston was also recognized as one of the best defensive players in the Atlantic League.

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. 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 37 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 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, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Somerset Patriots Infielder Kyle Roller Named A 2017 Atlantic League Post-Season All-Star

Bridgewater, NJ- Somerset Patriots infielder Kyle Roller has been named a 2017 Atlantic League Post-Season All-Star, the league announced Tuesday. Roller was selected as the designated hitter for the post-season All-Star team through voting from club managers, executives and media.

Despite playing in only 90 games during the regular season, Roller led the Atlantic League in slugging percentage (.591), on-base percentage (.429) and OPS (1.020). The next closest player in slugging (Alonzo Harris, York) finished 61 points lower than Roller, while the next closest in on-base percentage (James Skelton, New Britain) finished 21 points lower. Roller-AS-Blog

Additionally, the former East Carolina University standout finished third in the league in batting (.326), sixth in home runs (22), tied-sixth in RBI (77) and tied-eighth in walks (55). Roller’s 61 runs scored were tied for the team-lead while his 102 hits ranked third on the team.

Roller enjoyed a historic night at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, June 28th against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. That night, the former New York Yankees’ draft pick went 5-for-5 from the plate with two home runs and became just the second Somerset Patriot ever to record a cycle (Orlando Miller, 2002). In addition, became the fourth Patriot all-time to tally eight RBI in a single game, tying the franchise record with Ryan Radmanovich (2008), Emiliano Escandon (2003) and Greg Blosser (2001).

The second-year Patriot notched a number of notable streaks during the season, including a 10-game stretch from June 25th through July 5th in which he went 18-for-36 (.500) with five home runs and 20 RBI. Roller also had a six-game stretch from July 29th through August 4th where he hit three home runs with nine RBI and a four-game stretch from September 3rd through September 7th in which he went 7-for-16 (.438) with three home runs, four runs scored and 10 RBI.

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. 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 37 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 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, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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