Somerset Patriots Acquire Rights To Three Players Through Dispersal Draft

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have acquired the Atlantic League rights to right-handed pitchers David Carpenter and Cory Riordan, along with the rights to 10-year Major League infielder Alberto Callaspo, through the 2017 Bridgeport Bluefish Dispersal Draft Wednesday morning. Dispersal-Blog

RHP David Carpenter recently concluded his second year with the Bluefish. After posting a 3.28 ERA over 36 relief appearances in 2016, the five-year big leaguer recorded 30 saves with a 1.91 ERA and 45 strikeouts over 37.2 innings last year en route to an All-Star Game selection. His 30 saves led the Atlantic League at the time his contract was purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization in late July. Carpenter made 10 appearances between Double-A and Triple-A to end his 2017 campaign. He owns a 3.66 ERA with four saves over 218 appearances at the Major League level with Houston, Toronto, Atlanta, New York (AL) and Washington.

RHP Cory Riordan was also selected to represent the Bluefish in the 2017 midsummer classic at TD Bank Ballpark. The former sixth-round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies went 7-3 with a 3.29 ERA and 88 strikeouts against just 11 walks over 93 innings last year. He made 14 starts for Bridgeport before his contract was purchased by the Fubon Guardians (CPBL) after the All-Star Game. Riordan spent the first seven years of his professional career in the Rockies organization, including stints at the Triple-A level in 2011-13. The Fordham University alumnus also made five starts for Triple-A Toledo in the Detriot Tigers organization in 2016.

Both Carpenter and Riordan pitched an inning at TD Bank Ballpark in the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game.

Despite only playing in 34 games with the Bluefish last year, infielder Alberto Callaspo hit .344 with four home runs, 15 RBI and 22 runs scored. His contract was purchased by Laguna (Mexican League) on May 25th, where he then finished his 2017 season by hitting .301 with with three home runs and 33 RBI over 58 games. Callaspo has 10 years of service in the Majors with six different teams (Arizona, Kansas City, Los Angeles (AL), Oakland, Atlanta and Los Angeles (NL)). Over that time, the Venezuela native his .265 with 52 home runs and 369 RBI while splitting time in the field primarily between second base and third base.

The Patriots acquired the rights to Carpenter, Riordan and Callaspo through the Bridgeport Bluefish Dispersal Draft. Each team had the opportunity to select players whose rights’ were previously controlled by Bridgeport. Somerset owned the sixth pick in each round and passed on opportunities to further draft players after the third round. While not officially on the roster, Somerset now has the exclusive opportunity amongst the other Atlantic League franchises to negotiate and sign these players.

The Somerset Patriots recently completed their 20th Season Anniversary in which they led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018. The schedule for 2018 has officially been released. For more information about the 2018 season, please 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 37 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 Release 2018 Schedule

Schedule BlogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced their schedule for the 2018 season, beginning at home on Friday, April 27th against the Road Warriors at 7:05 pm.

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The Somerset Patriots’ 2018 season will be highlighted by the 20th Anniversary of TD Bank Ballpark and the 7,000,000th fan in franchise history.

The 126-game Atlantic League schedule will run from Friday, April 27th through Sunday, September 16th with 72 home games and 54 road games.

The Patriots will host 35 weekend games at TD Bank Ballpark. Game times for Monday through Saturday games are set for 7:05 pm, except for weekday games in May and September, which will begin at 6:35 pm. Sunday games are set for 1:05 pm in April, May, June and September, while changing to 5:05 pm in July and August.

The team will host 18 firework nights and will be home for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 17th.

Three day-night double headers are scheduled for the season. On Wednesday, May 9th, the Patriots will take on the Road Warriors at 11:05 am and 6:35 pm. On Wednesday, June 6th, Somerset will host the Sugar Land Skeeters for an 11:05 am and 7:05 pm game. The Patriots will then take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at 11:05 am and 7:05 on Wednesday, July 25th.

The Patriots will also host a single-admission double header against the Lancaster Barnstormers at 6:05 pm on Saturday, May 12th.

Somerset will host six 11:05 am day games on Wednesday, May 9th, Thursday, May 24th, Wednesday, June 6th, Wednesday, July 25th, Thursday, August 2nd and Wednesday, August 8th.

The ALPB schedule is divided into two 63-game halves, with the first half ending on Thursday, July 5 and the regular season ending on Sunday, September 16. The first half and second half champions in each division will qualify for 2018 Atlantic League playoffs. Should one or both teams win each half in their respective division, a wild card scenario comes into play where the team(s) with the next best overall record, regardless of division, qualifies for the postseason. Both Division Championship Series matchups will take place the week of September 17, 2017 with the Atlantic League Championship Series occurring during the week of September 24.

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 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 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 regarding the Atlantic League, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Somerset Patriots 1B/OF Joe Maloney Signed By Baltimore Orioles

maloney blogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that first baseman/outfielder Joe Maloney has been signed by the Baltimore Orioles organization.

Maloney briefly joined the Somerset Patriots at the end of 2017 and the playoffs after an MVP season with the Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am League. He appeared in two regular season games in Somerset where hit .444 with two doubles and an RBI. He scored a run and had an RBI in the opening game of the Liberty Division Series.

For Rockland, Maloney set a new Can-Am League record with 35 home runs to go along with his .282 average, 84 runs, 105 hits, 24 doubles, and 101 RBI. Both his home runs and RBI led the league.

Maloney has prior minor league service in the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins organizations. He played in 39 games for Double-A Chattanooga in 2016 and had six home runs and 51 RBI.

Maloney has a career .265 average with 350 runs, 557 hits, 144 doubles, 10 triples, 93 home runs, and 402 RBI over seven seasons.

He is the 13th player from Somerset’s 2017 roster to join a Major League organization this year.

The Somerset Patriots recently completed their 20th Season Anniversary in which they led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018. For more information about the 2018 season, please 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 37 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 Unveil TD Bank Ballpark’s 20th Anniversary Logo

BallparkBlogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have unveiled a logo in celebration of TD Bank Ballpark’s 20th Anniversary for use during the upcoming 2018 season.

The logo was designed by the team’s ad agency, Forrest & Blake, and features a full color drawing of the ballpark on the Atlantic League’s red and blue seamed baseball.

The baseball is surrounded by a round navy blue border with the words “TD Bank Ballpark” in white on the top and the years 1999 and 2018 listed in white on the bottom with silver stars. 1999 signifies the year the ballpark opened and 2018 being the current season. The years are separated by the Somerset Patriots primary logo on the bottom of the border.

The logo is tied together with a red banner with the words “20 Years” shaded in white and silver on it. The entire logo is outlined and highlighted in gold.

“We are very excited to celebrate our 20th season at our home, TD Bank Ballpark,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 seasons, but I guess the saying that time flies when you’re having fun applies here. We look to continue to grow and provide our fans with a fresh and fun experience every time they come out to a game.”

TD Bank Ballpark opened for business on June 7, 1999 and has become the premier family and community destination in Central New Jersey.

The award-winning ballpark has consistently welcomed over 370,000 fans per season and over 5,200 fans per game since opening. The Somerset Patriots are projected to welcome the 7,000,000th fan to TD Bank Ballpark in late July of 2018.

Ballpark Digest’s two-time winner of Best Independent Minor League Ballpark (2015 & 2016) is home to 70 Somerset Patriots homes games each year, as well as several outside events ranging from baseball tournaments, high school and college games, fundraising events, concerts, and many other uses.

The Somerset Patriots recently completed their 20th Season Anniversary in which they led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018. For more information about the 2018 season, please 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 37 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 Recognized by Atlantic League For Excellence In Promotions

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have been recognized by the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball with the Ken Shepard Award for Promotional Excellence, the league announced Wednesday. Additionally, the Patriots have been awarded the league’s Promotion of the Year for hosting the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game.

The 2017 season marked the first time in franchise history that the Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in both total attendance (355,256) and average attendance (5,224 per game). The year featured many unique promotions that drove attendance and entertained fans, including two different teacher appreciation nights, most improved students nights, appearances from Beauty and the Beast, Minions, Spiderman, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ballpark Comic Con, along with 21 displays of the best fireworks in New Jersey. Promotion-Award-Blog

The season came to an exclamation point on Friday, September 22nd when the Patriots set a new Atlantic League postseason attendance record of 8,131 fans for game three of the Liberty Division Championship Series. It broke the league’s previous record of 7,647 fans, set by the Patriots in 2015.

Additionally, the team’s use of their various social media platforms, video production and highly successful mobile app helped the Patriots keep their fans engaged all year long.

In the middle of July, league executives, front office members, players, coaches, family and fans converged in central New Jersey for the league’s 20th All-Star Game. The festivities were kicked off with a memorable evening at the Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station for the All-Star Gala. The night included player recognition, food and drink, two hot air balloons, an appearance from George Washington and a re-enacting of the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

The All-Star Game, presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, was hosted at TD Bank Ballpark the following day to a massive turnout of fans along with a highly-successful Revolutionary War theme. Crossroads of the American Revolution helped re-create a Revolutionary War campsite and atmosphere both inside and outside the ballpark.

The voice of the New York Yankees John Sterling hosted the Home Run Derby and Tony-nominated and Emmy Award-winner Liz Callaway performed the National Anthem before the game, while BirdZerk and the ZOOperstars entertained fans during the game. After the final out was recorded, the 8,175 fans in attendance were treated to the biggest fireworks display in the ballpark’s history.

The award for promotional excellence is named after the late Ken Shepard. Mr. Shepard worked in baseball for nearly 30 years – including two as the general manager of the Bridgeport Bluefish – before he passed away in 2014. He made a name for himself wherever he worked for his unique nack for promotions that helped increase attendance and fan experience.

This year’s Joe Klein Executive of the Year award recipient is Jay Miller, the president of the Sugar Land Skeeters. The award takes on extra meaning this year with Mr. Klein’s recent passing. Mr. Klein’s work in baseball spanned over six decades. He served as the Executive Director of the Atlantic League from its inception in 1998 until his passing and is survived by his sons J.K and Todd, daughter-in-laws Ruth and Robin, and granddaughter Hannah.

The Somerset Patriots recently completed their 20th Season Anniversary in which they led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018. For more information about the 2018 season, please 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 37 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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