Former Somerset Patriots OF Tim Raines Makes Baseball Hall Of Fame

Tim RainesHOFFBBridgewater, NJ- Former Somerset Patriots outfielder Tim Raines will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the class of 2017. He enters the Hall of Fame alongside Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez with 86% of the voting.

 

Raines, who had a 23-year Major League Baseball career, played for the Somerset Patriots during the 2000 season while attempting to make the United States Olympic Baseball Team that ultimately went on to win the gold medal. Somerset was Raines’ first time playing baseball after being diagnosed with lupus in the summer of 1999.

 

“We are very happy for Tim. Even though he was only here a few days, they were very special. I remember him making himself available to the players to give batting tips and anything else they wanted to know,” said Sparky Lyle, Manager Emeritus of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club. “He was a true professional who handled himself with a lot of class. I think people forget what a great player he was for a long time at the highest level of the game. I’d like to congratulate him on this well deserved honor.”

 

Raines already had 21 Major League seasons under his belt before joining the Somerset Patriots. In the majors, he was a seven-time All-Star and a member of two New York Yankees championship teams (1996 and 1998). Most of his career was spent with the Montreal Expos, where he played 13 seasons.

 

Although he did not get selected for the Olympic roster because the team decided to bring an extra pitcher, Raines hit .346 with five runs scored, nine hits, three doubles and two RBI in seven games played for Somerset. He played 17 innings in the longest game in team history on August 16th that went six hours and 14 minutes. The following day he played both games of a doubleheader.

 

After his time with the Somerset Patriots, Raines was re-signed by the Expos in 2001 and played two more seasons at the Major League level for the Baltimore Orioles and then-Florida Marlins. During that time, Raines and his son Tim Jr., also a former Somerset Patriot, became just the second father-son duo to play for the same team in a Major League game, joining Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr.

 

He was also the first base coach for the 2005 World Series Champion Chicago White Sox.

 

Raines finished his Major League career with .294 batting average, 1,571 runs, 2,605 hits, 430 doubles, 113 triples, 170 home runs, 980 RBI, and 808 stolen bases.

 

Raines returned to the Atlantic League in 2009 as the manager of the Newark Bears, a position he also held in 2010 when the team moved to the Can-Am League.

 

Raines becomes the third person with Atlantic League ties to be a Hall of Famer, joining former Long Island Ducks manager Gary Carter (2003) and former Newark Bears outfielder Rickey Henderson (2009).

 

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary and the Atlantic League All-Star Game at TD Bank Ballpark, are on sale now. For more information, stop by TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or 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 36 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 Sign LHP Rick Teasley

TeasleyFBIGBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of left-handed pitcher Rick Teasley for the 2017 season.

 

“The Atlantic League has been a place I have wanted to end up in my career, so to be signing with one of the top teams is really exciting,” said Teasley. “I have heard great things about the coaching staff, the fans and the ballpark, so I do not think I could have asked for a better opportunity.”

Teasley enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The southpaw has pitched for the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League for the past three seasons, totaling a 28-14 record with a 3.67 ERA in 57 starts.

 

The Port St. Lucie, Florida native went 8-5 over 17 starts and finished third in the league in complete games (three) with the Miners last year. Teasley’s best professional season came in 2015 with Southern Illinois, where the lefty went 9-4 over 20 starts with a 2.78 ERA. Additionally, he finished third in the league in innings pitched (126.1) and fourth in strikeouts (105) that season.

 

“We are very anxious to get Teasley into our camp and get our eyes on him,” said manager Brett Jodie. “Rick is a strike-throwing lefty who has done very well so far in his career. He has low walk and high strikeout numbers, but most importantly he is a winner. We have had success with younger pitchers in the past and we cannot wait to work with Teasley and see what doors open for him.”

 

Teasley led the Frontier League in wins (11) in 2014 along with a 3.57 ERA over 116.0 innings of work. In his three seasons with the Miners, Teasley became the franchise’s all-time leader in starts, innings pitched and shutouts. He also tossed the first no-hitter in team history on June 5th, 2014.

 

The 25 year-old began his career in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, where he tossed a 2.61 ERA over 41.1 innings of work split between Rookie-level Princeton and Short-Season Hudson Valley. The 2013 23rd round pick of the Rays owns a career 36-22 record and a 3.54 ERA over four seasons of professional baseball.

 

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary and the Atlantic League All-Star Game at TD Bank Ballpark, are on sale now. For more information, stop by TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or 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 36 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 Welcome Back Record-Breaking Closer/ Director Of Player Personnel Jon Hunton

hunton-fbBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have announced the re-signing of Atlantic League record-breaking closer Jon Hunton, who will also serve once again as the Director of Player Personnel.

 

“After another great season where we had the best record in the league and made the playoffs for the fourth-straight season, I am very excited to return in 2017. Somerset has truly become my home and there’s nowhere else I’d want to be right now,” Hunton said.

 

Hunton’s 37 saves led the league during the 2016 season and helped him shatter the Atlantic League career saves record. He broke the record held by Southern Maryland’s Jim Ed Warden on May 10th and added to the mark to finish with 165 saves going into 2017.

 

The two-time Atlantic League All-Star (2013, 2016) has now saved 30 or more games in each of his last four seasons in Somerset.

 

“I’ve always looked at saves and records for them as a true reflection of team success,” said Hunton. “They might go under my name in the record books, but they always represent the Patriots players and coaches that put me in the position to achieve these milestones.”

 

Hunton enters his sixth season with the Patriots, and fourth as the Director of Player Personnel. Three years ago, Hunton became the first player in professional baseball to hold the title of Director of Player Personnel while still playing.

 

“Since the last out of the 2016 season, I’ve been looking forward to putting together a team that will go to work each day and represent the Somerset Patriots organization and its tradition of excellence. I think fans will be really excited about how the team is starting to take form with a nice mix of returning stars and new faces,” Hunton added.

 

The 6’9” closer finished second in the Atlantic League in saves in 2015 with 32. He also carried a 3.09 ERA over his 50 appearances on the year.

 

Hunton broke the Atlantic League record for saves in a single-season with 49 in 2014. He finished that season as the Atlantic League’s “Closer of the Year” for a performance that also included a 2.08 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 56.1 innings pitched over 59 games.

 

 

The North Plainfield, New Jersey native has experience in the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s organizations, including a season at both the Double-A and Triple-A level.

 

Hunton joined Somerset late during the team’s championship run in 2008 and appeared in eight games. After his time with the Patriots, Hunton signed with the A’s, where he spent the next two seasons.

 

Hunton has 274 career saves over a 13-year career that’s taken him all over the United States and around the world.

 

The Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in total attendance in 2016, finished with the best regular season record in the league and made their fourth straight trip to the playoffs. The schedule for the 2017 season, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary and the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game at TD Bank Ballpark, has been released. Single game tickets go on sale on Tuesday, January 17th. For more information, stop by TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or 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 36 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 To Honor Top 20 Patriots In Team History

top20fbBridgewater, NJ- In celebration of team’s 20th Season Anniversary, the Somerset Patriots and AT&T, the Official Wireless Partner of the team, have announced a promotion to count down the Top 20 Patriots in team history.

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“We really appreciate our partnership with our hometown team, the Somerset Patriots,” said Bryan Gonterman, AT&T Mobility, VP/GM New York/New Jersey. “As the team’s Official Wireless Partner, we thought this promotion would be a fun and interactive way for fans to get involved in the excitement of 20 years of Somerset Patriots baseball. It’s not only a way to look back at the great history of the franchise, but also celebrate the present and future of one of our favorite teams.”

60 Somerset Patriots players from 1998 through the 2016 season have made the final list for fans to vote on their top 20 picks from Tuesday, January 10th through Fan Fest on Saturday, April 8th. Voting will take place exclusively online during that time.

The Somerset Patriots will then take the 20 finalists voted on by the fans and have an expert panel rank them based on on-field performance, longevity, impact on the team, community presence, percentage of fan voting to advance to the countdown and other factors to showcase the best-of-the-best.

“It certainly wasn’t an easy task to narrow down the 503 players that have come through Somerset since we began play in 1998,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “This is a fun promotion because my 20 Patriots will be different from the next person’s. Everybody had different interactions or remember a specific moment that will make that one player more special to them than someone else. We look forward to seeing who the fans select and sharing the countdown with them all season long.”

The team will unveil a chosen player each week from April 17th through August 28th. The Top 20 Patriots will be a multi-media promotion with each selected player receiving special recognition through media features, website stories, social media posts, videos highlighting their time with the team, ballpark exposure, and more elements to be added as the chosen player announcements are made public.

The Top 20 Patriots will appear in a special collector’s edition Baseball Card Set given out to the first 2,000 fans at the game on Thursday, August 31st presented by AT&T. The event also features a Post Game Fireworks Celebration.

The Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in total attendance in 2016, finished with the best regular season record in the league and made their fourth straight trip to the playoffs. Tickets for the 2017 season, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary and the Atlantic League All-Star Game at TD Bank Ballpark, go on sale on Tuesday, January 17th. For more information, stop by TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots Single Game Tickets Go On Sale Tuesday, January 17th

spb-4251-single-game-fb-1200x900Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have announced that single game tickets for the 2017 season will go on sale on Tuesday, January 17th.

 

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 on-line at www.somersetpatriots.com.

 

2017 features the 20th Season Anniversary of the team and the Atlantic League All-Star Game at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, July 12th. Tickets for the All-Star Game will go on sale next month.

 

Ticket prices are $14.00 for Premium Field Box Seats, $12.00 for Field Box Seats, and $11.00 for Upper Box Seats.

 

The Somerset Patriots will begin the season at home on Friday, April 21st against the Lancaster Barnstormers at 7:05 pm. Opening Night will feature a Fireworks Celebration presented by the Somerset Health Care Foundation.

 

The Somerset Patriots will host 70 home games at TD Bank Ballpark during the 140 game Atlantic League schedule, running from Friday, April 21st through Sunday, September 17th.

 

The Somerset Patriots will host 34 home games on weekends and are currently putting together the promotional calendar that includes fireworks nights, giveaways, and theme nights.

 

Start times for Monday through Saturday games will normally be 7:05 pm from April through September. Sunday games in April, May, June, and September will be 1:05 pm, with games in July and August scheduled for 5:05 pm.

 

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary and the Atlantic League All-Star Game at TD Bank Ballpark, will go on sale on Tuesday, January 17th. For more information, stop by TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or 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 36 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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