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“Words cannot express how humbled and honored I am to be remembered as a part of the Somerset Patriots 20-year history,” said Pressley. “Somerset became not only a place for me to extend my baseball career, but also a family to me.”
Pressley joined the Patriots in 2007 after time in the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets, Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox, and St. Louis Cardinals organizations. He finished his first season with the team with a .281 batting average with 92 hits, 18 doubles, 13 home runs, and 55 RBI in 327 at bats in 102 games played for Somerset.
During the playoffs that year, Pressley hit .333 with eight hits, two home runs, and six RBI in six post-season games. His strong first season in Somerset was only a precursor to what Pressley had in store.
2008 saw one of the best seasons by any Atlantic League player through its existence. Pressley earned Player of the Year for a season where he won the batting title with a .354 average, set a team home run single season record with 30, and added 173 hits and 101 RBI. His remarkable season helped Somerset win their first Atlantic League Championship since 2005.
“It was a magical season where everything fell into place. A year like that can come once in a lifetime and sometimes not all. That team was the best collection of individuals I’ve ever been associated with. The accolades don’t happen without all the other guys in the clubhouse pushing you to be your best day in and day out,” Pressley said.
Pressley returned and led the Patriots to the league’s first ever Back-To-Back Championships in 2009 and continued to lead the team’s offense through the 2010 and 2011 seasons. In both seasons, he finished with a team high in home runs, reaching 22 in 2010.
The only year he was a Patriot that the team did not make the playoffs was the 2011 season, but he still produced All-Star numbers with a .297 average, 16 home runs, and 75 RBI.
Pressley was a five-time All-Star, a two-time champion, and just one of three Patriots selected as Atlantic League Player of the Year in the league’s 15 seasons.
“The tradition of the Patriots is something that I still take pride in years after my career has ended. I will always be proud that my teammates and I were able to win the championships we did in 2008 and 2009. We were able to continue the tradition that Sparky and guys such as Billy Hall, Brett Jodie, Ryan Radmonovich and Jeff Nettles had built before us,” he added.
Pressley is among the team’s all-time career leaders in several offensive categories for his time with the team from 2007-2011. He became a fan favorite for his leadership, determination to win, and tremendous clutch hitting and power that made every one of his at bats a must see event.
Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.
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