Top 15 Patriots: # 11 Darrin Winston

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Bridgewater, NJ – Pitcher Darrin Winston has been named #11 on the Patriots Top 15 list, a part of the team’s 15th Season Anniversary, designed to celebrate the best players in team history as voted on by fans, Patriots players and coaches, and team officials.

Winston, a left-handed pitcher, played for Somerset from 1998 through 2002. He finished his time with the Patriots with a 22-17 record, a 4.50 ERA, and 216 strikeouts in 288.1 innings pitched in 114 games played.

More important than any statistic was that Winston was always available for community programs, to sign autographs, and represent the team on and off the field. His work as a pitcher and team ambassador made him an instant fan favorite.

He was a Bishop Ahr High School grad who moved on to be one of Rutgers University’s best pitchers. He still holds several school career records and was named to the Rutgers Hall Of Fame for his outstanding athletic accomplishments.

Before joining the Patriots, Winston had Major League Baseball experience with the Philadelphia Phillies from 1997-1998, where he was 4-2 in 34 games.

After retiring from baseball, Winston became a local youth baseball and football coach and spent time with family. He passed away at the age of 42 on August 15, 2008.

“His time with the Patriots was a gift. Playing close to home, with his family and friends being a part of it all, we really couldn’t of asked for a more perfect way for Darrin to finish his baseball career,” said Darrin’s wife Jerilyn.

Winston was an unmatched family man, friend, athlete, and pitcher. His memory is kept alive each season by the Darrin Winston Patriots Good Guy Award, given to the team member who shows extraordinary dedication to the Patriots’ community efforts.

Throughout the 2012 season, the Patriots will be counting down the Top 15 players in team history and then highlight the chosen players on baseball card giveaways and a special lithograph during the year.

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