Long-Time Somerset Skipper Jodie Lands In Lincoln

df9edfa8-bf49-450e-9d1c-32d3a35234fa-042218-jodie-kalafer-2Good news for a good guy.

Brett Jodie, who served as the manager of the Somerset Patriots for eight seasons and led them to an Atlantic League championship in 2015, has been named the manager of the American Association’s Lincoln Saltdogs.

The former Yankees and Padres pitcher posted a 556-405 record as Somerset’s skipper, and earned Atlantic League “Manager of the Year” honors in 2015.

Julio Mosquera was named the new manager of the Patriots this off-season, and will officially become just the third person in franchise history to have held the title when Opening Day gets underway on May 4.

Jodie and, of course, Sparky Lyle, are the others.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail dot com

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Patriots Unveil New Jerseys In First Season As Yankees Affiliate

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With a new era of Somerset Patriots baseball comes a new look.  After months of anticipation and speculation, the club unveiled the uniforms they plan on using during their first season as the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.

The reveal was done via the team’s Facebook account, and incorporated local frontline workers via the team’s partnership with RWJ Barnabas Health.

The home jersey, now with pinstripes, looks the most similar to what the team had worn during their Atlantic League days, while the road and alternate jerseys are certainly more Yankees-themed with the classic block lettering font used on the parent club’s road jerseys also found on these.

“As soon as we announced the partnership with the Yankees, everyone immediately started asking about pinstripes on our uniforms,” said Somerset Patriots Senior Director of Merchandise Robert Crossman in a team release.

“We are excited to be able to unveil our new look that marries these two great teams together. I think our fans will really enjoy the design, and hopefully it helps inspire the prospects coming through Somerset of their bright futures ahead.”

Replica jerseys are already available for purchase on the team’s website by using this link.

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Somerset Patriots Announce Individual Game Ticket Availability For May Games

logo(PR) Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots, the New York Yankees Double-A Affiliate, have announced that single game tickets for home games for the month of May will go on sale on Monday, April 5th at 10:00 am.

Tickets will only be available for sale via somersetpatriots.com, by phone at (908) 252-0700, or on the team’s mobile app. Tickets will not be available to purchase at the box office at this time.

The Patriots are currently operating at 30% capacity with health and safety guidelines in place from Major League Baseball, as well as local and state authorities. All seats are being sold in socially distanced pods. Pod sizes range from one to six seats and pod sizes are limited. Guests must purchase all tickets in a pod, so if a fan selects a pod of four tickets, all four must be purchased. Pod sizes cannot be adjusted.

Due to contractual commitments to previously sold packages, in addition to current and expected guidelines in the state of New Jersey, available tickets for May games at TD Bank Ballpark will be extremely limited and are expected to sell out quickly. All single game tickets will be on a first come, first served basis.

The Patriots will be releasing additional tickets for games in June and beyond at a to be determined later date. The team hopes to be able to expand single game ticket inventory as guidelines change throughout the spring and summer.

The Patriots will be offering seating pod options in the main seating bowl, as well as at tables located down the left field line and overlooking the field from the left field balcony. Table seating does not include any food or beverages, however there will be an option to order food directly from the seats if desired.

Please note that as per Major League Baseball fan safety protocols, all fans over the age of two years old must wear a face covering at all times while inside the ballpark, unless they are actively eating or drinking. CLICK HERE to view the COVID-19 guidelines this season at TD Bank Ballpark.

Fans that have any questions, or are looking for ADA seats, should call 908-252-0700 or email ticketing@somersetpatriots.com.

Single game ticket pricing will be as follows:

· Upper Box: $13.50

· Field Box: $14.50

· Premium Field Box: $17.00

· Left Field Table (six tickets per table): $81.00

· Left Field Balcony (four-seat per table): $60.00 or (two-seat table): $30.00

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Somerset Patriots Reveal 2021 Coaching Staff

NYY-Julio Mosquera(PR) Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots, the New York Yankees Double-A Affiliate, have been assigned their manager and coaching staff for the 2021 season.

Julio Mosquera enters his first season as manager for Somerset and his 16th overall in the Yankees organization. He becomes just the third person in Patriots history to serve in the position, following Sparky Lyle (1998-2012) and Brett Jodie (2013-2020).

“I’m honored to be named the manager of the Somerset Patriots. In this first year in partnership with the New York Yankees, I’m very excited to get to meet and work with the front office and get to see the wonderful fans at the stadium,” said Mosquera. “We will have the opportunity to have some of our very talented players in the organization coming to play in front of our fans and give them something to be excited about. We know you have been waiting for this for a long time. It will be a fun year and I can’t wait to get to meet you and give you all something to cheer for. We’ll see you soon.”

Mosquera managed the Single-A Charleston Riverdogs in 2018 and 2019, where he most recently guided the team to a 73-66 record. His prior managing service came with Single-A Staten Island, where he led the short-season club to a 46-29 record in 2017 and first place finish in the NYPL McNamara Division.

He made his managing debut in 2015 with the GCL Yankees 1 and followed it up in 2016 with the GCL Yankees West.

Mosquera served as the catching coordinator for his first nine seasons (2006-’14) in the Yankees organization

The Panama native enjoyed a 15-year playing career as a catcher with the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1999), Yankees (2000-2001), Texas Rangers (2002, 2004), Seattle Mariners (2003), and Milwaukee Brewers (2005). He made his MLB debut on August 17, 1996 and appeared in 12 games with the Blue Jays and Brewers across three seasons (1996-97, 2005).

Daniel Moskos enters his first season as Somerset’s pitching coach and his second season with the Yankees. The left-handed pitcher was originally selected by Pittsburgh with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

He made 31 relief appearances for the Pirates in 2011, finishing 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA over 24.1 innings pitched. Moskos also has minor league service with the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, and Chicago Cubs, as well as Atlantic League time with the Lancaster Barnstormers in 2017.

Joe Migliaccio enters his first season as the Patriots’ hitting coach and his third season with the Yankees. He previously served in the same role for the High-A Tampa Tarpons in 2019, where his squad ranked second in the Florida State League with 93 home runs.

Born in Mount Holly, New Jersey, Migliaccio started his coaching career in the college ranks with stints at the University of Iowa, Murray State University, University of Missouri, Southeast Missouri State and Siena College.

Somerset will feature two defensive coaches for the 2021 season: Caonabo Cosme and Jose Javier.

Cosme enters his ninth season with the Yankees. He was the manager for the GCL Yankees in 2018 and 2019 after spending time as a scout for the Atlanta Braves.

Cosme also worked as the DSL Yankees 2 hitting coach for two seasons (2011-’13) and the GCL Yankees 1 hitting coach for three seasons (2012-’15). He had a 13-year minor league career with 1,127 games for the Oakland A’s, St. Louis Cardinals, Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, and Detroit Tigers from 1996-2008.

Javier begins his fifth season with the Yankees. He was the lower-level base running and outfield coordinator in 2019 and a defensive coach for Charleston (2017) and Tampa (2018).

Javier had a six-year minor league career for the Yankees from 2010-’15 and appeared in 277 games while playing all four infield positions.

Jimmy Downam has been announced as the team’s athletic trainer. He enters his ninth overall season with the Yankees and will be at the Double-A level for the organization for the fifth time. He originally joined the Yankees in 2013 as the trainer for Staten Island and also spent three seasons in the same position for Charleston (2014-’16).

Strength & Conditioning Coach Ryan Williams begins his first season in Somerset and his second year with the Yankees. Williams graduated from Limestone University in 2019, followed by internships at the University of South Carolina Upstate and Campbell University. Williams also served as a Strength & Conditioning Coach at Cressey Sports Performance in Palm Beach Gardens, FL before joining the Yankees.

Clubhouse Manager J.R. Bassett enters his first season with the Patriots and his 11th overall with the Yankees. A native of West Islip, New York, he recently spent four seasons in Tampa (2016-’19). Prior to his time there, he worked with Charleston and Staten Island.

Affiliate Video Manager Nick Horning arrives in Somerset as his fourth season with the Yankees. The University of Texas at Austin alum has previous experience with both Charleston and Tampa.

About the Somerset Patriots
The Somerset Patriots are the New York Yankees Double-A Affiliate and develop today’s top minor league talent into the pinstriped superstars of tomorrow for MLB’s winningest team. The Patriots compete in the Double-A Northeast League and play their home games at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ, where fans of all ages and levels of baseball fandom get to enjoy the unique experience that is minor league baseball.

To learn more, visit: somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots Unveil First Yankees-Branded Merchandise

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Finally!

After much anticipation, the Somerset Patriots have unveiled the first part of their new merchandise collection following their new affiliation as the Double-A team for the New York Yankees.

A limited selection of shirts, hoodies and youth apparel is available for purchase at the link above.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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