Somerset Patriots Holiday Toy Drive On Saturday, December 10th

spb-4224-toy-drive-elements-fb-1200x900Bridgewater, 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 10th 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.

 

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 pals Slider and General Admission.

 

“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 10th, 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 and a Ticket Voucher And Diamond Dollar Package. The Team Store will be open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

The Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in 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, will be released in the coming weeks. For more information, stop by TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots Name Marc Schwartz As Radio Broadcaster

schwartzfbBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that Marc Schwartz has been named the radio broadcaster for the 2017 season.

Schwartz was hired as the Somerset Patriots’ Media Relations Manager in November of 2014 and will also continue in that role with the team throughout the year.

“I am beyond excited to begin the next stage of my career as the Somerset Patriots’ new radio broadcaster,” said Schwartz. “I have gotten to know a lot of the fan base here over the last couple of years on a personal level and know how passionate they are about Patriots baseball.”

The Syosset, New York native takes over the broadcasting responsibilities from Justin Antweil, who served as the team’s radio voice for the past five seasons. Antweil decided it was time to pursue other opportunities to help advance his broadcasting career and reach his ultimate goals in the field.

“The Patriots are a first class organization, and I am very grateful for the five memorable years I spent broadcasting their games,” said Antweil. “I will especially miss the meaningful relationships I formed with the fans, players, coaches, and front office staff. Now I look forward to building upon my tremendous experiences with the Patriots as I continue to pursue my passion for broadcasting.”

Schwartz began his broadcasting career at Quinnipiac University, where he was a multi-sport broadcaster for all four years with the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network (QBSN). While at Quinnipiac, Schwartz interned as the radio broadcaster for the Keene Swamp Bats, a collegiate summer league baseball team in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), and as a fill-in broadcaster for Yale University athletics.

After graduating from Quinnipiac in 2013, Schwartz worked as a broadcast/ media relations intern for the Charlotte Stone Crabs, the Advanced-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. There, he was the play-by-play broadcaster for every home game and select road games while also handling all communications for the team. The next year, Schwartz worked as the broadcast & media relations assistant for the Long Island Ducks, calling 46 games and assisting in all team communications.

“I can promise our fans that I will work as hard as I can every night to provide a professional, entertaining and informative broadcast. I would like to thank Justin for his help during this transition and wish him nothing but the best in his future opportunities,” Schwartz added.

In addition to his on-air responsibilities, Schwartz will continue his work in the media relations department, assisting in all aspects of communication, video production, SPN.tv, Social Media and sales.

“We’d like to thank Justin for his years of service to our team. His love and passion for the Somerset Patriots was apparent in every broadcast and team-related task he was given,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “We are excited about the opportunity of bringing Marc on board in this role. He has excelled at so many different parts of the job already and this move allows him to take on even more in the media and broadcasting fields as he continues to grow within our organization.”

The Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in 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. 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 RHP Alexis Candelario Signed By Los Angeles Dodgers

candelarioalBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that right-handed pitcher Alexis Candelario has been signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Candelario had two stints during the 2016 season with the Somerset Patriots. He first joined the team in mid-June before having his contract purchased by Veracruz of the Mexican League. He re-joined Somerset at the end of August and into the postseason.

Candelario was 2-1 with a 5.01 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 37.2 innings pitched in eight games (seven starts) for the Somerset Patriots during the 2016 campaign.

Before joining the Somerset Patriots, Candelario played most of his career in professional leagues in Central America. He has played in Nicaragua, Mexico and his native Dominican Republic before playing in Italy for two seasons.

Candelario spent the first part of 2016 in Rimini of the Italian Baseball League where he finished with a 4-2 record, a 1.88 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 38.1 innings pitched in seven games started.

He spent the 2015 season with La Guaira in Venezuela and had a 3-2 record with a 2.16 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 58.1 innings pitched in 14 games (11 started).

Candelario played for Navojoa in Mexico in 2011 and 2012 where he appeared in nine games over the two seasons. In 2012 for the Marineros de Ensenada in the Liga Norte de Mexico, Candelario went 10-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 101.1 innings pitched in 15 starts.

He has a career 12-9 record with a 2.91 ERA and 191 strikeouts in 191.2 innings pitched in 45 games pitched.

Candelario is the sixth member this year’s Somerset Patriots team to join a Major League organization. Starting pitcher Darin Gorski (New York Mets) along with relief pitchers Gus Schlosser (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Brandon Sisk (Seattle Mariners) all had their contracts purchased earlier this season. Left-handed pitcher Nik Turley (Minnesota Twins) and infielder David Vidal (Miami Marlins) were both signed earlier this offseason.

The Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in 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. 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 Third Baseman David Vidal Signs With Miami Marlins

vidalwebBridgewater, NJ- Somerset Patriots third baseman David Vidal has signed a contract with the Miami Marlins organization.

 

The San Juan, Puerto Rico native enjoyed a memorable 2016 campaign in which he finished second in the league in home runs (26) and hit .320 with 62 RBI despite only playing in 85 games. Vidal was later named to the End-of-the-Season Atlantic League All-Star team thanks to his strong year.

 

In a 12-game stretch from August 5 to August 16, the second-year Patriot hit .340 with seven home runs, 18 RBI and 14 runs scored. Vidal also had two separate stretches over the season in which he scored a run in at least seven-straight games (July 24-31, August 9-17) and a 20-game on-base streak (August 4-24).

 

Vidal began his career with the Somerset Patriots in 2015. That season, he hit .259 with 12 home runs and a team-high 63 RBI. Vidal also led the team in games played (124), at-bats (471) and hits (122) during the regular season. In the postseason, Vidal hit .297 with a home run and seven RBI en route to Somerset’s sixth Atlantic League Championship in franchise history.

 

Vidal hit .283 with 38 home runs, 125 RBI and 45 doubles in 209 games over two years in Somerset.

 

The current Miami resident’s signing with his hometown club marks the second-straight year that the Marlins organization has signed a Somerset Patriot.   Last year, Somerset’s everyday shortstop Robert Andino signed with the Marlins during the offseason and hit .267 with 13 home runs over 108 games with Triple-A New Orleans before earning his promotion back to the Major Leagues in early August. Andino then hit .292 over 13 games with the Marlins to finish the 2016 season.

 

Vidal is the fifth member of this year’s Patriots team to join a Major League organization. Starting pitchers Darin Gorski (New York Mets) and Nik Turley (Minnesota Twins) along with relief pitchers Gus Schlosser (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Brandon Sisk (Seattle Mariners) all had their contracts purchased earlier this season.

 

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 2017 Schedule Announced

2017schedulewebBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have announced their schedule for the 2017 season that will feature the team’s 20th Season Anniversary and the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game.

 

The season will begin at home on Friday, April 21st against the Lancaster Barnstormers at 7:05 pm. Opening Night will kick off with the first postgame Fireworks Show of the season.

 

The Somerset Patriots will host the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, July 12th. It is the third time the mid-summer classic will take place in Bridgewater in the team’s 20th season of existence.

 

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

 

The team will host 33 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. Weekday games in September will be at 6:35 pm.

 

The Somerset Patriots have a scheduled double-header beginning at 5:05 pm on Saturday, April 22nd that will feature two seven-inning games. Day-night double headers have been scheduled for Wednesday, May 17th, Wednesday, July 26th, and Wednesday, August 16th. The first games of each will be seven-innings beginning at 11:05 am. The night games will be nine-innings beginning at 7:05 pm.

 

Overall, there will be six 11:05 am weekday day games scheduled for Wednesday, April 26th, Wednesday, May 17th, Wednesday, June 7th, Wednesday, July 26th, Tuesday, August 8th, and Wednesday, August 16th.

 

The Somerset Patriots are home for Memorial Day on Monday, May 29th at 1:05 pm and Father’s Day on Sunday, June 18th at 1:05 pm.

 

For information about the Somerset Patriots 2017 Season, featuring the Atlantic League All-Star Game at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, July 12th, stop by the Ticket Office located at the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit the Patriots on-line at 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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