Bridgewater, NJ – Catcher Travis Anderson has been named #10 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.
Anderson joined the Patriots after a trade with the Camden Riversharks brought him to Somerset in 2006. His gritty play both on defense and at the plate made him one of the cornerstones of the Patriots back-to-back championship teams in 2008 and 2009.
He hit one of the most dramatic home runs in team history during Game Four of the 2008 Championship Series. With the score tied 2-2 against the Riversharks in the bottom of the ninth inning, Anderson led off with a solo home run to win the game and clinch the championship for the Patriots.
“That home run really helped make my career and is something I am proud that I will always be associated with throughout Somerset’s great history,” said Anderson.
Anderson retired from playing after the 2009 season, finishing his final season with a .306 batting average with 52 runs scored, 81 hits, 15 doubles, eight home runs, and 58 RBI in 82 games played. In the post-season, he hit .278 with a home run and five RBI in seven games.
Anderson became the third base/hitting coach for the team in 2010, a position that he has held for the past three seasons.
“I’m very humbled to part of this great list of Patriots and to be remembered for my time as a player by the community. I was part of some great teams here and got to fight alongside tremendous teammates that you wanted to win for everyday,” said Anderson.
Throughout the year, Anderson has taken on the role of community ambassador for the team, leading the Strike Out Bullying program that has appeared in over 30 schools over the past two years. For his community efforts, Anderson was honored with the inaugural Darrin Winston Patriots Good Guy Award last season, given to the team member that helps the Patriots accomplish their mission of being strong community partners all year long.
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.