WWE Hall Of Famer “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan To Appear At Somerset Patriots Game

SPB-5590 WWE Jim Duggan July 14 FB POST 1200X900Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that the team will welcome WWE Hall of Famer “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan to TD Bank Ballpark for an appearance on Sunday, July 14th. Game time against the New Britain Bees is scheduled for 5:05 pm.

Duggan became a fan favorite in the WWE for his patriotic character often seen going up against villains from enemy countries in the ring. He always appeared with his weapon of choice, a wooden 2 x 4 board, over his shoulder and an American flag in his hand. His thumbs up motion accompanied by his battle cry “Hooo” rallied the crowd behind him and usually led to chants of “U-S-A.”

Duggan will be participating in a VIP Meet & Greet in the Diamond Club from 4:00 pm to 4:40 pm. Tickets for this special event are $65 and will include an autographed 8” x 10” commemorative photo, one additional item that participants can bring that will be signed, and a posed picture with Duggan. The VIP Meet and Greet will also include food and beverages (non-alcoholic) with the ticket to enjoy the game from the Diamond Club. To purchase VIP Meet and Greet Tickets, fans can order online by selecting the option called “Diamond Club Hacksaw Jim Duggan Meet & Greet” or “Diamond Club.”

He will then sign autographs for fans on the main concourse for two hours from approximately 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. He will be signing one item per person at that time.

Beginning his long wrestling career in the late 1970’s, Duggan rose to fame by winning the first-ever Royal Rumble match in 1988. He entered the contest at the 13th position and battled his way to be the last man of 30 standing.

He later defeated Haku in 1989 to earn the right to call himself the “King of Wrestling,” proudly wearing a crown as part of his victory.

Duggan joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1994 and ultimately earned his way to becoming the United States Heavyweight Champion and World Television Champion.

He made his long-anticipated return to the WWE in 2005 and was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame with the class of 2011.

For tickets to the July 14th game featuring “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, April 26th for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. Stay up to date on all the team news throughout the offseason online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, 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 40 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 70 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.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

Share
Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Patriots Bring Back RHP Vince Molesky

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots announced today that right-handed pitcher Vince Molesky has been re-signed for the 2019 season.

“It’s an understatement to say that I am excited to return to Somerset,” said Molesky. “I’ve been ready to return since the season ended last year; especially with the way it ended. I’m coming back hungry and ready to win a championship.” Molesky 2019IG

Molesky enters his second season with the Somerset Patriots and second in the Atlantic League. The 28 year-old shined in his first year with the Patriots, going 7-2 with a team-best 2.66 ERA and 88 strikeouts against just 22 walks over 29 appearances (11 starts). His ERA was the second lowest in the league among qualified pitchers, trailing only James Russell’s 2.36 ERA (Sugar Land Skeeters). Additionally, Molesky sported a 1.20 WHIP – third best in the league among qualifiers.

The Mountoursville, Pennsylvania native began the year in Somerset’s bullpen before transitioning into the starting rotation. He carried a 1.66 ERA over his first eight relief appearances before he made his first start of the season: a nine-strikeout performance over six one-hit innings against the Road Warriors in early June. The 6’3” righty returned to the bullpen for the next month before he was entrenched as a starting pitcher in late July.

Starting on July 26th, Molesky enjoyed a five-start stretch where he yielded just three earned runs over 34 innings (0.79 ERA). This stretch included back-to-back shutout performances on the road against first place Sugar Land. Overall, he allowed just 13 earned runs over 64.2 innings of work (1.81 ERA) in his 11 starts last year. Those numbers helped Molesky earn the nod as the Game One starting pitcher in the Liberty Division Championship Series.

“Vince went from a guy who had to make the team to our Game One starter last year,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “It did not take long to see that Vince had some special attributes both as a pitcher and a person. He is already working extremely hard this offseason to come in ready to compete for a championship. Molesky is very much a team guy and just wants to come in and contribute in any role necessary for the team. He mixes and commands his pitches well and really keeps the hitters off balance. He will be a big part of our success this year and we are thrilled to have him back.”

The Mount St. Mary’s alumnus spent the first three years of his professional career with the Gateway Grizzlies (Frontier League). In 2017, he finished with an 8-7 record and a 3.85 ERA over 21 games (19 starts). He was tied for the league-lead in strikeouts (120) and finished third in innings pitched (128.2) while only allowing 34 walks.

Molesky made 18 starts in each of his first two seasons with the Grizzlies (2015-16). He led the Frontier League in strikeouts (110) against just 25 walks in 2016 along with a 3.70 ERA. Additionally, he struck out 96 batters against 29 walks over 108.2 innings in his first season with the Grizzlies (2015).

Molesky owns a 25-23 record with a 3.83 ERA and 414 strikeouts over 462.1 innings pitched in his four-year professional career.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, April 26th for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. Stay up to date on all the team news throughout the offseason online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, 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 40 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 70 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.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

Share
Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Somerset Patriots Sign RHP Liam O’Sullivan

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Liam O’Sullivan for the 2019 season.

“We’ve added another young arm from the Frontier League in Liam O’Sullivan,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Liam is a right-hander who will have the chance to come in and compete for a spot in the rotation. He has been a proven winner in his career, loves to pound the zone with strikes and lets his defense work behind him. Liam understands what we are about and is excited for the opportunity and the challenge. We look forward to working with him this year.” OSullivanIG

O’Sullivan enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The 27 year-old hurler has previously spent three seasons in the Frontier League, including two memorable seasons (2016, 2018) with the Joliet Slammers. O’Sullivan was named the 2016 Frontier League Pitcher of the Year after he posted an 11-1 record with a 3.33 ERA and 109 strikeouts over 20 games (18 starts). He led the league in wins and winning percentage (minimum 15 starts), ranked second in strikeouts, and sixth in innings pitched that season.

The South Grafton, Massachusetts native missed the entire 2017 season due to an injury before returning to the Slammers in 2018. He picked up right from where he had left off, posting an 11-4 record with a 3.15 ERA and 77 strikeouts over 18 appearances (17 starts). O’Sullivan tied for the league lead in wins and complete games (four), while also finishing fourth in ERA. Additionally, he was selected to the 2018 Frontier League All-Star Game.

The St. Leo College alumnus began his professional career with the Frontier Greys in the Frontier League. O’Sullivan owns a 22-8 record with a career 3.45 ERA and seven complete games over 44 games (36 starts) in his three professional seasons.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, April 26th for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. Stay up to date on all the team news throughout the offseason online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, 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 40 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 70 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.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

Share
Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Somerset Patriots Ink RHP Jake Joyce

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Jake Joyce for the 2019 season.

“I’m really excited to start a new chapter with the Patriots,” said Joyce. “By knowing a couple of players from last year’s team, I was able to follow the team and the success through social media. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the organization and I’m grateful for the opportunity.” JoyceSigningIG

Joyce enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The 27 year-old has spent each of the last four seasons with the Schaumburg Boomers (Frontier League) as a go-to relief pitcher, including the last two seasons as the team’s primary closer. Joyce went 4-2 last year with a 2.58 ERA and 12 saves over 38 relief appearances. This came off the heels of an equally impressive 2017 season, when he carried a 2.68 ERA with 16 saves over 40 appearances.

The Collinsville, Virginia native has been known for two specific stats in his time with the Boomers: relief appearances and strikeouts. Joyce has ranked among the top two on his team in relief appearances in each of his four seasons with the Boomers, including a team-leading 34 and 40 appearances in 2015 and 2017, respectively.

Additionally, The Virginia Tech alumnus posted a strikeout per nine innings (K/9) ratio of over 11.0 in each season with Schaumburg, finishing in the top four in the league three times (2016-’18). That includes three seasons over 12.0 and a career-best/league leading 14.5 K/9 in 2017, when he struck out 65 batters over 40.1 innings of work.

“We are proud to be joined by Joyce this year,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Jake has put up very impressive and consistent numbers over his last four years in the Frontier League. He has primarily been a late-inning reliever during his career and we will find a role that best suits his skill set. It is vital to find guys that are comfortable in those late innings situations. We think we have a guy in Joyce that will fit in nicely.”

Joyce owned a 16-11 record with a 2.41 ERA, 30 saves and 231 strikeouts over 160.2 innings pitching in his four seasons with Schaumburg. He led the team in appearances (145) and ranked second in strikeouts over this four-year stretch.

The former 2013 ninth-round draft pick spent the first two seasons of his professional career in the Washington Nationals organization; both with Low-A Auburn. He owns 18 wins and a career 2.78 ERA with 262 strikeouts over six professional seasons.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, April 26th for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. Stay up to date on all the team news throughout the offseason online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, 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 40 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 70 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.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

Share
Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Somerset Patriots To Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of Major League With Corbin Bernsen Appearance

SPB-5591 Major League 30th FB POST 1200X900Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots will be hosting a 30th Anniversary of the movie Major League with one of the film’s stars Corbin Bernsen, who played third baseman “Roger Dorn.” The event is scheduled for Sunday, August 11th for the team’s 5:05 pm game against the Sugar Land Skeeters at TD Bank Ballpark.

Released in 1989, Major League is a very popular sports comedy classic that follows the exploits of a fictional version of the Cleveland Indians. The film stars Bernsen, Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Wesley Snipes, Bob Uecker, and Rene Russo to name a few.

Bernsen’s “Roger Dorn” is the team’s lone star and prima donna who is more concerned with his health and next big contract than he is performing to help his team win.

Bernsen will be participating in a VIP Meet & Greet in the Diamond Club from 4:00 pm to 4:40 pm. Tickets for this special event are $65 and will include an autographed 8”x 10” commemorative photo, one additional item that participants can bring that will be signed, and a posed picture with Bernsen. The VIP Meet and Greet will also include food and beverages (non-alcoholic) with the ticket to enjoy the game from the Diamond Club. To purchase VIP Meet and Greet Tickets, fans can order online by selecting the option called “Diamond Club Corbin Bernsen Meet & Greet” or “Diamond Club.”

Bernsen will then sign autographs for fans on the main concourse for two hours from approximately 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. He will be signing one item per person and will not be taking pictures at that time.

Throughout the game, fans will be able to enjoy music, video clips, and other activities at the ballpark to celebrate the anniversary of the film.

In addition to his role in Major League, Bernsen has had a long film and television career as an actor, writer, and producer. He is widely known for his role as divorce attorney Arnold Becker on the NBC drama series L.A. Law. His performance through the entire run of the show from 1986-1994 garnered him two Emmy Award nominations for Best Lead Actor In A Drama Series (1987, 1988) and two Golden Globe nominations for Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series- Drama (1989, 1990).

Bernsen is also known for his popular role of retired police detective “Henry Spencer” in the television comedy-drama Psych for the series run from 2006-2014 (111 episodes).

For more information, or to purchase tickets to the August 11th event, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, April 26th for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. Stay up to date on all the team news throughout the offseason online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, 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 40 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 70 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.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

Share
Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment