Somerset Patriots, Flemington Car & Truck Country, Clinton Honda, And Jaguar Land Rover Princeton Donate 1,000 Turkeys

Donation SocialBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots, along with Flemington Car & Truck Country, Clinton Honda, and Jaguar Land Rover Princeton have made a donation of 1,000 individual turkeys with all the trimmings to local families through the Food Bank Network of Somerset County and the Flemington Area Food Pantry. The donation is expected to serve between 4,000 and 5,000 people this holiday season.

“At the dealerships and ballpark, we’ve always had the ethos ‘be kind, be fair, work hard, earn money, do good,’” said Steve Kalafer, Founding Chairman of Flemington Car & Truck Country and Clinton Honda and Chairman Emeritus of the Somerset Patriots. “While we strive to accomplish each of these goals on a daily basis throughout the year, the holiday season allows us to spend even more time being kind and doing good. We are honored and very fortunate to be able to make this donation to help those in need this holiday season.”

The team and dealerships will be making a donation to pay for the meals, consisting of turkeys and all the trimmings, to be served as complete dinners and distributed to families in need this holiday season.

“Thanksgiving is a time of year where we place extra focus on appreciating all the blessings we have in life,” said Jonathan Kalafer, Co-Owner of Flemington Car & Truck Country, Clinton Honda and Jaguar Land Rover Princeton, and Co-Chairman of the Somerset Patriots. “It is also a time to remember others who may not be as fortunate. Many in the community are struggling to put food on the table and provide for their families. We hope this donation of turkey dinners helps make the holiday a little brighter and easier for them.”

The donation was announced on Tuesday afternoon at the Food Bank of Somerset County’s main warehouse in Bound Brook and the Flemington Area Food Pantry.

“We are grateful to our community for all they have given us, and we will always do our part to give back,” added Josh Kalafer, Co-Owner of Flemington Car & Truck Country and Clinton Honda, Chairman of Jaguar Land Rover Princeton, and Co-Chairman of the Somerset Patriots. “Our family, our team, and our dealerships have always operated under the fact that we are part of a much larger, diverse, and special community beyond our doors. It’s crucial for all of us to do what we can, whenever possible, to make a difference.”

At the Food Bank of Somerset County, the Somerset Patriots were represented by Co-Chairmen Jonathan and Josh Kalafer, President/General Manager Patrick McVerry and team mascot Sparkee, and were joined by Somerset County Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson and Freeholders Brian Levine and Melonie Marano.

“Every year some of our friends and neighbors need a little bit of help to celebrate with their families, but this year with COVID-19 and the economic uncertainty so many of us face, the need is much greater,” said Somerset County Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson. “The Kalafer family has always been ones to give back to Somerset County with the Somerset Patriots and the Flemington Car and Truck Country, but this incredible gift to the Somerset County Food Bank Network is on a whole new level of generosity.”

The mission of The Food Bank Network is to distribute food and to provide other basic human needs to those less fortunate in the community in a manner which recognizes and advances self-worth and human dignity. The Food Bank Network of Somerset County is incorporated as a charitable, not-for-profit organization. The majority of their food and funding are donations provided by individuals, families, philanthropic organizations, businesses and corporations of all sizes. For more information, or to make a food or monetary donation, please visit somersetfoodbank.org.

“The Somerset County Food Bank family is so thankful for this wonderful donation of holiday meals for families in need this season,” said Food Bank Network of Somerset County. Executive Director Marie Scanell. “This gift will mean local residents in need will have full holiday meals complete with the trimmings this year at a time when so many are at risk for food insecurity.”

Flemington Car & Truck Country, Clinton Honda, and Jaguar Land Rover of Princeton were represented by Jonathan and Josh Kalafer, joined by Somerset Patriots mascot Sparkee, Flemington Area Food Pantry Executive Director Jeannine Gorman, Raritan Township Mayor Jeff Kuhl, and Raritan Township Committeeman Gary Hazard at the Hunterdon County announcement.

“This is absolutely needed, especially this year” said Mayor Kuhl. “Everybody is grateful to the Kalafer family for all they have done for the community over the years. It’s great to see a family business that thrives for generations that focuses on giving back to their community.”

Committeeman Hazard added, “I want to thank everyone involved at the dealerships and the Somerset Patriots. It’s a critical time to support our community during the pandemic, and this is a coming together of businesses out there helping as many people as they can.”

The Flemington Area Food Pantry provides food and personal care items to needy Hunterdon County families regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background. The Flemington Area Food Pantry depends on the generosity of the Hunterdon County community for its very existence. Without donations of food and funds, the Pantry would not exist. More than 80% of Pantry income is derived from contributions of cash and groceries. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit flemingtonfoodpantry.org.

“We are very thankful to the Kalafer family for this generous donation,” added Gorman. “This time of year is always tough for those in need. I am sure these meals will put a very big smile on all their faces.”

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.

About Flemington Car& Truck Country, Clinton Honda, and Jaguar Land Rover Princeton

Flemington Car & Truck Country, Clinton Honda and Jaguar Land Rover Princeton are authorized Automotive Sales, Service and Parts Dealerships serving Hunterdon and other surrounding New Jersey and Pennsylvania counties since 1976. They have locations on Routes 202, 31, 22 and 206. For more information please visit Flemington.com, ClintonHonda.com, or JLRPrinceton.com.

Share
Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holiday Toy Drive At TD Bank Ballpark December 1st – 12th

ToyDriveSocialBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots, the Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, have announced that the team will collect toys at TD Bank Ballpark for Central Jersey Toys For Tots.

From Tuesday, December 1st through Saturday, December 12th, TD Bank Ballpark will be a drop-off site for new, unwrapped toys that will be donated to those in need this holiday season.

“We usually would host an event for the holidays in the Team Store, but we felt for the safety of our fans and staff, that we would transition to more of an ongoing collection this year,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “In following all New Jersey’s COVID-19 guidelines, this is the best way for us to keep everyone safe and continue our tradition of helping those in need around the holidays.”

Toys can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Anyone participating in the toy collection must abide by social distancing protocols in place at TD Bank Ballpark and wear a mask at all times on site.

The Somerset Patriots Team Store will be open for holiday shopping with a 50% off special to anyone that donates toys during the collection.

The Somerset Patriots have collected thousands of toys around the holidays each year through the generosity of fans and the community.

“While this will be a different way to do the event in 2020, it is the right way,” said Somerset Patriots Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle, who usually attends the annual event to meet fans and sign autographs. “We need to follow the state guidelines and do our part to keep people safe. I look forward to seeing everyone again soon at the ballpark in what is already shaping up to be an incredible year.”

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.

Share
Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Somerset Patriots Announce New York Yankees Partnership At Ballpark Event

1110AnnouncementSocialBridgewater, NJ – On Tuesday, November 10th, the Somerset Patriots welcomed baseball icons, local elected officials, partners, and fans to announce the team’s selection as the new Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.

“This was a true partnership between the Somerset Patriots and our community and continues to be so,” said Somerset Patriots Chairman Emeritus Steve Kalafer. “In welcoming the New York Yankees, we have agreed to make this the state-of-the-art minor league facility so that every ballplayer that comes through here will be able to reach their maximum potential.”

The Yankees announced their selection of the Somerset Patriots as their Double-A affiliate on Saturday in a team issued press release.

“Restructuring our minor league affiliations — especially with the additions of Somerset and Hudson Valley — gives us greater continuity to streamline and improve the development of our minor league system,” said Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman. “The relationships we have formed with all of our teams will allow for a more consistent application of training with similarly aligned facilities in terms of structure, quality and ease of travel. We are confident that these changes will greatly benefit our players and Yankees fans for many years to come.”

The Kalafer family was represented at the event by Steve and his two sons, Co-Chairmen Jonathan and Josh, who opened TD Bank Ballpark to the community for a safe and socially distanced event.

“I can honestly say that I have never looked forward to the baseball season more than I am looking forward to this one,” said Jonathan Kalafer. “I’m looking forward to being excellent partners for the New York Yankees and providing the best possible experience for our fans, their players, and the community.”

Yankees and MLB icons Joe Torre, Willie Randolph and Sparky Lyle helped ring in the change of the franchise from the independent Atlantic League to the affiliated Double-A level.

“I feel George Steinbrenner would have been very proud of this marriage between the Somerset Patriots and the New York Yankees based on the fact that he liked winners,” Torre said. “And this ballclub, this organization, and this ballpark has seen its share of winners.”

Somerset’s on-field success is evidenced by the six Atlantic League championships and the over 1,500 games won over 22 seasons of play.

The Somerset Patriots have been a model of success, drawing over 7,500,000 fans throughout its history. The team averages 5,200 fans per game and 360,000 fans per season.

Somerset County Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson spoke of the partnership between the Somerset Patriots and the county. To date, the team has paid over $21 million to the county for its occupancy of TD Bank Ballpark in a very unique public-private partnership that has kept the ballpark taxpayer neutral.

“Somerset County could not have a better partner in building healthy, family recreation like we have here today at TD Bank Ballpark,” said Robinson. “I can say our partnership was culminating in this new partnership with the New York Yankees. But from what I have seen from the Patriots organization, we are going to keep building into the future, and the best is yet to come.”

Bridgewater Township Mayor Matt Moench added: “the job that Steve and his family have done of building this organization into a true community organization is second to none. And when we combine the brands of the Somerset Patriots with the New York Yankees, it’s unstoppable. And it’s an enduring legacy that Steve and his family will be leaving to this community.”

The team has existed as an independent team since 1998 and gained a reputation of excellence throughout the baseball community. The Somerset Patriots played a crucial role in the development of the partnership between the Atlantic League and Major League Baseball that has grown over the past two seasons.

Longtime Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry credited the staff, the team’s partners, and the community as a whole for the opportunity to join the Yankees organization.

“I’d like to thank our staff, coaches, players, marketing partners, and fans for helping us build something very special here,” said McVerry. “Over two decades ago, an empty parking lot became this beautiful ballpark. And now, the New York Yankees, the most recognizable sports brand in the world, is coming to TD Bank Ballpark.”

A big part of the team’s mission is to be a positive force in the community. The Somerset Patriots have donated over $5,500,000 to charities throughout the state of New Jersey and the Tri-State area since the team began.

“We’ve done this with the wonderful people we work with. We’ve done this with the wonderful people that come out to the ballpark. And we’ve done it in a way with everyone in the community,” said Josh Kalafer. “Never did we imagine that we would have the opportunity to be a part of the New York Yankees organization. It is the beginning of yet another incredible chapter in this long and beautiful journey that we are so grateful to be able to share with you.”

The radio voice of the Yankees, John Sterling, opened the festivities and welcomed everyone in attendance to the monumental day.

“Now the Somerset Patriots join the New York Yankees, the most famous name, the winningest organization in our sport’s history,” said Sterling.

The Somerset Patriots will announce more information regarding the schedule and 2021 season information in the coming weeks.

Since the announcement was made over the weekend, the team has received an overwhelming response for ticket information and are now accepting deposits for plans to guarantee spots for the upcoming season.

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.

Share
Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Somerset Patriots Are The New York Yankees Double-A Affiliate

Announcement 2 SocialBridgewater, NJ – The New York Yankees have announced that the Somerset Patriots have been selected as their Double-A affiliate.

“This is a dream come true for everyone in the Somerset Patriots family,” said team Chairman Emeritus Steve Kalafer. “The first baseball game my father took me to was at Yankee Stadium and I continued the tradition, taking our sons Jonathan and Josh to their first games there as well. Our love for baseball and the New York Yankees came from those special days and has remained with us throughout our lives. I’ve always looked at the Yankees as the gold standard in baseball and sports as a whole. It is how we’ve modeled the way we’ve conducted our business at the Somerset Patriots since day one. We are forever grateful to Hal Steinbrenner and the entire Steinbrenner family, as well as the management of the New York Yankees. Our ‘call up’ to join one of the most recognizable and prestigious brands in the entire world is a milestone for us.”

The Somerset Patriots are a founding member and the longest continuous playing team in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball that began in 1998. The team plays its home games at TD Bank Ballpark, located in Bridgewater Township in Somerset County, New Jersey.

The Somerset Patriots have been a model of success on and off the field for over two decades. The franchise has welcomed over 7,500,000 fans to the ballpark, averaged over 360,000 fans per season, and drew over 5,200 fans per game since their home opened in June of 1999. The Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in attendance for the past three seasons.

“We are proud of our time in the Atlantic League and bringing professional baseball to our community, as well as other underserved areas of minor league baseball,” said Somerset Patriots Co-Chairman Jonathan Kalafer. “We helped the league grow to what it is now, the premier independent league in the country that has a groundbreaking partnership with MLB, and a very bright future ahead. We’d like to thank everyone at the Atlantic League for helping us along our journey, especially league founder Frank Boulton, the late Joe Klein, and President Rick White.”

During their time in the Atlantic League, the Somerset Patriots won a league-high six championships, appeared in the postseason 15 of the 22 seasons of play, and won over 1,500 regular season games. The team has helped hundreds of players return to Major League Baseball organizations, including 21 that either made their MLB debut or returned to the big leagues after their time in Somerset.

“As you can imagine, this is a bittersweet day for the Atlantic League,” said ALPB President Rick White. “On one hand, it’s tough losing a league-founding member that has been a model of success for over two decades. On the other, the league is thrilled for the Kalafer family and the Somerset Patriots. The Yankees are getting an extraordinarily well-run organization at one of the country’s most beautiful ballparks. We will miss the team and our friends at the organization, but at the same time congratulate Steve Kalafer and his family, the staff of the Somerset Patriots, and the New York Yankees on their exciting new partnership.”

The Somerset Patriots partnered with the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Bridgewater Township to bring baseball to Central New Jersey. The very unique public-private partnership demonstrated how franchises can work hand and hand with their communities in a mutually beneficial way. To date, the Somerset Patriots have paid over $21.1 million to Somerset County for their occupancy at TD Bank Ballpark, making it one of a few, if not the only, tax-payer neutral minor league ballparks in America.

“We’ve known for a long time that our hometown team, the Somerset Patriots, were always our very own Yankees,” said Somerset County Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson. “They’ve hit a home run for Central New Jersey for over 20 years. This makes all of us in Somerset County proud that others are seeing what this team is and will be. Congratulations to the Kalafer family, everyone at the Somerset Patriots, and all of the fans. We can’t wait to play ball.”

Just as important is the work the organization has done in the community. In over 20-plus years of operation, the Somerset Patriots have donated over $5,500,000 to charities throughout the Central New Jersey market and have been a positive force in the community. The team’s foundation works year-round to support education and sportsmanship programs in schools, at the ballpark, and throughout the area.

“This is an exciting time for the Somerset Patriots, our family, our great fans, and the entire community,” said Somerset Patriots Co-Chairman Josh Kalafer. “We have worked hard for a long time to build a reputation of excellence in everything that we do. We never imagined that it would lead to this amazing opportunity, but we are very appreciative for the chance to be part of the New York Yankees organization.”

The Somerset Patriots will begin the 2021 season as a member of the New York Yankees family. More details will be made available in the coming weeks.

“We wouldn’t be here today without the tireless work of so many people over our existence,” said longtime Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “All of our staff, coaches, players, marketing partners, and fans have helped us build something very special that made the baseball world take notice. We’ve accomplished so much together and can’t wait to witness what the future holds.”

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.

Share
Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New York Yankees Name Somerset Patriots Their Double-A Affiliate

Breaking News- Affiliate News SocialThe New York Yankees today announced changes to their minor league affiliation structure as a result of the expiration of the Professional Baseball Agreement (between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball) and the creation of the Prospect Development Pipeline, a collaborative effort between MLB and USA Baseball to establish an official identification and player development pathway for amateur baseball players in the United States. With this restructuring, the number of affiliated minor league teams will be contracted from 160 to 120, with many previously affiliated Short-Season and Rookie Level minor league teams being absorbed into the Prospect Development Pipeline.

These changes have caused all teams to reevaluate and streamline their minor league systems, and as a result, the Yankees will reduce their overall number of minor league teams from 10 to six.

The Yankees will maintain their Triple-A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, whose location served as the Yankees’ “Alternate Site” during the 2020 season.

At the Double-A Level, the Yankees are moving their affiliation from Trenton to Somerset, New Jersey. We thank the great city of Trenton and the Thunder owners for 18 years of collaboration and we wish them well, but this decision was made strictly on the basis of what we believe to be the best facility to develop our young players. Thanks to the efforts of Major League Baseball, the Atlantic League and the owners of the Somerset Patriots, Trenton will be offered Somerset’s membership within the Atlantic League.

With the elimination of the Short-Season New York-Penn League, the Yankees carefully considered hosting their High Single-A affiliate in Staten Island. However, as the number of our minor league affiliates have been limited, we did not have the confidence that the organization could continue to allow us to develop our players in the best possible way, especially since the team would have to transition into a full-season Single-A affiliate.

As a result of our decision, we found it essential that the people of Staten Island continue to have baseball, and we appreciate and thank them for their support. The borough of Staten Island will always be a part of the Yankees family. We are committed to working diligently with Major League Baseball, the City of New York Economic Development Corporation, and Staten Island Borough President Oddo to ensure that a team from Baseball’s new partner — the reconfigured Atlantic League — will be playing there this season.

At the High Single-A Level, the Yankees will now be aligned with Hudson Valley (most recently a New York–Penn League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays). The determination was made that Hudson Valley would be best for our players, especially given the long term and tremendously beneficial relationship we have had with Marvin Goldklang, who is a longstanding partner and associate of the Steinbrenner family and the Yankees. The Goldklang Group operates Charleston — our Low Single-A affiliate from 2005 through last season — which will no longer fall under the Yankees’ minor league umbrella. Additionally, Rookie-Level Pulaski will also not be part of the Yankees’ minor league system going forward.

Notably, each of the top three levels of our newly configured minor league system will be located within close proximity to Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees’ Tampa affiliate will shift from a High Single-A designation to Low Single-A. Additionally, the Yankees will continue with short-season teams in the Gulf Coast League (based at the Yankees Player Development Complex in Tampa) and Dominican Summer League (located at the Yankees Latin Béisbol Academy in Boca Chica).

“Restructuring our minor league affiliations — especially with the additions of Somerset and Hudson Valley — gives us greater continuity to streamline and improve the development of our minor league system,” said Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman. “The relationships we have formed with all of our teams will allow for a more consistent application of training with similarly aligned facilities in terms of structure, quality and ease of travel. We are confident that these changes will greatly benefit our players and Yankees fans for many years to come.
ABOUT THE FULL-SEASON AFFILIATES:

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A since 2007, PNC Field):
In 2021, the Yankees will begin their 15th year with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as their Triple-A affiliate. Most recently during the 2020 season, Scranton hosted the Yankees’ “Alternate Site,” allowing potential call-ups to maintain their readiness. The RailRiders began playing at PNC Field in 2013, when construction was completed on the footprint of the former Lackawanna County Stadium. Since becoming affiliated with the Yankees in 2007, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre won two International League championships (2008 and 2016) and has finished with a winning record in 11 of 13 played seasons.

Somerset Patriots (Double-A beginning in 2021, TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater, N.J.):
In 2021, the Yankees will begin their affiliation with Somerset, which was a founding member of the Atlantic League in 1998. TD Bank Ballpark opened in June of 1999 and possesses outstanding facilities for players, a commitment to fan engagement and strong attendance. From 1998-2012, the team was managed by Sparky Lyle, who as a Yankee pitcher from 1972-78, was named to three All-Star teams (1973, ’76-77), won two World Series championships (1977-78) and took home the 1977 AL Cy Young Award.

Hudson Valley Renegades (High Single-A beginning in 2021, Dutchess Stadium, Wappinger Falls, N.Y.)
In 2021, the Yankees will begin their affiliation with Hudson Valley, which played in the New York-Penn League from 1994 through 2019 and had most recently been an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. The team is operated by the Goldklang Group, which also owns Charleston, the Yankees’ former Single-A affiliate with whom the Yankees enjoyed great success. With the transition to a High Single-A designation, Hudson Valley will embark on its first-ever full season schedule.

Tampa Tarpons (Single-A affiliate since 1994 —Low-Single A beginning in 2021, George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Fla.)
In 2021, the Yankees will begin their 28th year with a Single-A affiliate in Tampa and their 26th year based at George M. Steinbrenner Field, which was renamed from Legends Field in 2008 in honor of the Yankees’ longtime Principal Owner. The facility (and its adjacent fields) has also served as the Yankees’ Major League spring training home since opening in 1996. In recent years, Steinbrenner Field has undergone significant remodeling to its player training areas in addition to a having a fan-friendly transformation of the interior stadium bowl.

Share
Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment