Somerset Patriots And Chairman Steve Kalafer Receive The Somerset County 4-H K9 Dano Award

K9 Dano BlogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots and team Chairman Steve Kalafer have received the Somerset County 4-H K9 Dano Award.

The K9 Dano Award is given annually to Somerset County businesses or residents that have gone above and beyond in their treatment of animals.

“We are truly honored to receive the K9 Dano Award,” said Kalafer. “The Somerset Patriots take pride in hosting events during the season to allow fans to bring their dogs to the ballpark to enjoy America’s favorite pastime with the entire family. These special nights have brought awareness to different animal-related charities and have helped find pets new homes through adoptions. We are all proud to receive this award, especially our favorite dog Sparkee, who was one of Dano’s long-time pals.”

K9 Dano was a Somerset County Sheriff’s Office police dog from 2002 to 2014. On August 13, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed “Dano’s Law” to protect all law enforcement animals from death threats. Dano was the first animal in New Jersey history to have a law bearing his name.

K9 Dano passed away at the age of 13 in December of 2014 and was inducted into the New Jersey Animal Hall of Fame in 2015. His legacy lives on with the K9 Dano Award presented by the Somerset County 4-H.

“I want to personally thank Steve Kalafer and the Somerset Patriots for promoting dog and cat adoptions at the ballpark numerous times a year. They are a champion to our community,” said Tim Pino, Retired K9 Unit Commander and K9 Dano’s handler.
The award was presented on Sunday, January 14th at the 4-H Center in Bridgewater.

Previous award winners were the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter in Bridgewater (2015) and the United States Equestrian Team in Gladstone (2016).

The Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs last season. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018. Opening Day is set for Friday, April 27th. For more information about the 2018 Season presented by Ford, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots Southpaw Keith Hessler Signs With Colorado Rockies

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that 2017 left-handed relief pitcher Keith Hessler has signed with the Colorado Rockies organization. He recently wrapped up his first season with the Patriots.

The former major leaguer made 13 appearances with Somerset last season, striking out 13 batters over 13.1 innings pitched. He also made two relief appearances in the postseason over which he tossed two shutout innings with three strikeouts. Hessler Blogs

The Silver Spring, Maryland native made his Major League debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 8, 2015. He appeared in 18 games with the Diamondbacks that year, striking out 12 batters over 12.1 innings.

Hessler has split time between the Triple-A and MLB level since 2015 with the Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres. Arguably the most impressive season of his professional career came with San Diego in 2016, in which he made 15 relief appearances at the big league level with a 3.38 ERA and nine strikeouts over 18.2 innings.

The southpaw began his 2017 campaign with the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas in the Padres organization. The left-hander struck out 36 batters in 45.1 innings over 41 appearances with the team.

Hessler was originally drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 28th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Coastal Carolina University. The Padres claimed Hessler off of waivers from Arizona in May of 2016.

Over the course of his seven-year professional career, Hessler has appeared in 323 games (35 starts), with 27 wins and seven saves.

Hessler becomes the 15th 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, Mitch Atkins and Dustin Antolin 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 during or after the 2017 season.

The Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs last season. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018.  Opening Day is set for Friday, April 27th. For more information about the 2018 Season presented by Ford, 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 2018 Single Game Tickets Go On Sale On January 16th

SPB-4972 Single Game tix 1-16 FB 1200x900Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have announced that single game tickets for the 2018 season will go on sale on Tuesday, January 16th.

Tickets will be on sale beginning at 10:00 am in person at the ticket office located at TD Bank Ballpark, over the phone by calling (908) 252-0700, or online at www.somersetpatriots.com.

2018 features the 20th season for Somerset Patriots Baseball at TD Bank Ballpark.

Ticket prices are $14.50 for Premium Field Box Seats, $12.50 for Field Box Seats, and $11.50 for Upper Box Seats.

The Somerset Patriots will begin the season at home on Friday, April 27th against the Road Warriors at 7:05 pm. Opening Night will feature a Fireworks Celebration presented by the Somerset Health Care Foundation.

The Somerset Patriots will host 72 home games at TD Bank Ballpark during the 126-game Atlantic League schedule, running from Friday, April 27th through Sunday, September 9th.

The Patriots will host 35 weekend games at TD Bank Ballpark. Game times for Monday through Saturday games are set for 7:05 pm, except for weekday games in May and September, which will begin at 6:35 pm. Sunday games are set for 1:05 pm in April, May, June and September, while changing to 5:05 pm in July and August.

The team will host 19 firework nights and will be home for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 17th.

Three day-night doubleheaders are scheduled for the season. On Wednesday, May 9th, the Patriots will take on the Road Warriors at 11:05 am and 6:35 pm. On Wednesday, June 6th, Somerset will host the Sugar Land Skeeters for an 11:05 am and 7:05 pm game. The Patriots will then take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at 11:05 am and 7:05 on Wednesday, July 25th.

The Patriots will also host a single-admission doubleheader against the Lancaster Barnstormers at 6:05 pm on Saturday, May 12th.

Somerset will host six 11:05 am day games on Wednesday, May 9th, Thursday, May 24th, Wednesday, June 6th, Wednesday, July 25th, Thursday, August 2nd and Wednesday, August 8th.

The Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs last season. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018. Opening Day is set for Friday, April 27th. For more information about the 2018 Season presented by Ford, 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 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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