Bridgewater, NJ- Somerset Patriots third baseman Jeff Nettles got his 1,000th Atlantic League hit during the Friday, July 27th game at TD Bank Ballpark against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Click Here To See The Video!
He is the first player in the league to ever reach the 1,000 hit milestone.
Nettles began his time in Somerset in 2003 and recorded his first hit on May 7th, his second game with the team. Since that time, Nettles has become the face of the organization, now playing in his ninth season with the Patriots.
Nettles holds several Atlantic League career records including games played, at bats, hits, doubles, and RBI. He is also close to breaking the league career home run record this season.
He is an eight-time Atlantic League All-Star and a three-time champion, helping to lead the team to the title in 2003, 2005, and 2009. Nettles is a two-time Championship Series MVP for his performances in the playoffs in 2003 and 2009.
He recorded his 999th hit on Tuesday, July 24th and reached 1,000 in his third at bat on Friday night in the first game of a double header. His at bat started a rally that helped the Patriots take the lead in a game they eventually won over the Blue Crabs.
“I’m very happy for Jeff. He’s meant so much to our organization over the years and all of these records are because of the time and effort he’s put into playing everyday and giving a hundred percent for a long time,” said Somerset Patriots manager Sparky Lyle.