Somerset Patriots Introduce Jersey Strong Tee To Benefit RWJBarnabas Health

JS- Instagram SlideBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have introduced the Jersey Strong T-Shirt to showcase the message that we are all in this together and will come out stronger than ever.

Each t-shirt is $25, with a portion of the sales benefiting the RWJ Barnabas Health Emergency Response Fund to help the efforts of health care workers during these unprecedented times.

The Jersey Strong T-Shirt is available online HERE!

“We are really happy with the way the shirts came out,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry.” We wanted to design something to help people show their Jersey Pride, while raising money for health care workers at RWJBarnabas Health that are serving on the front lines of this pandemic.”

The Jersey Strong T-Shirt is one of many fundraising activities the Somerset Patriots have hosted to raise money for the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund. The team has raised over $2,000 already through an online memorabilia auction and a special pop-up shopping event with their partners at Sysco Metro NY. The Somerset Patriots have also provided lunch to doctors, nurses, and health care staff at RWJ University Hospital Somerset to show the team’s appreciation of all of their efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.

Stay up to date on all Somerset Patriots news 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)

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent more than 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 23-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

About RWJBarnabas Health

The RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response fund helps address the growing needs arising as a result of this unprecedented global health crisis and will be used to support our frontline healthcare workers and our comprehensive emergency care efforts.

RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering nine counties with five million people. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals, three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital with a network of outpatient centers (Children’s Specialized Hospital) with its multiple outpatient centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a large medical group, multi-site imaging centers and an accountable care organization.

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Somerset Patriots 2010-2019 All-Decade Team: Reliever Buddy Boshers

All-Decade Social- Buddy BoshersBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that left-handed pitcher Buddy Boshers has been selected as the reliever of the 2010-2019 All-Decade Team.

“My time in Somerset really turned my career around and taught me a lot about myself as a person and as a teammate,” said Boshers. “I can’t thank the front office, the coaches, my teammates, and most importantly the fans enough.”

Prior to joining the Somerset Patriots for his lone season with the club in 2015, Boshers had Major League service with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2013. That year, the southpaw reliever appeared in 25 games and struck out 13 batters in 15.1 innings of work.

During his championship season in Somerset, Boshers finished with a 1.00 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched over 52 games. He went on to be named to the Atlantic League Post Season All-Star Team.

“Buddy Boshers was one of the most dominant relief pitchers I have ever been around,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “It is so valuable to know you have a shutdown guy in the bullpen who can pitch in any role.  We saved Buddy for tough, crucial situations and he was truly consistent every time out. He not only handled pressure, but thrived in it while on the mound. He was always very calm and composed and that helped teach his teammates how to control themselves better as well.  Buddy Boshers made my job much easier and it was awesome to have him as part of the Patriots Family.”

After the 2015 season, Boshers was signed by the Minnesota Twins and started the season at the Triple-A level in Rochester. He became the 15th Somerset Patriots player at the time to make the Major League level after time in Somerset.

He pitched in 75 MLB games for the Twins during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, before once again appearing in the Big Leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2019.

Boshers faced tough competition in the All-Decade Team voting against popular relief pitchers Mike Antonini and Jason Lowey. He was able to pull away with a little over 46% of the votes.

Voting took place online and over 5,000 fans casted their ballots for their favorite players at each position from January 3rd through April 15th. The Somerset Patriots All-Decade Team will be announced over the next few weeks.

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Somerset Patriots Announce Added Programming On Radio Partner 1450 WCTC-AM

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced two new pieces of audio content that will be available for fans both over the airwaves with the team’s official radio partner 1450 WCTC-AM and online. A new weekly show, “The SOMthing Patriots Podcast,” will join the full radio broadcast of a “Somerset Patriots Game of the Week” as the added content in the absence of 2020 game broadcasts until the season starts.

“We are very excited to find a way to work closely with our great partners at WCTC at a time we are all craving Somerset Patriots games and content,” said team President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “This is an opportunity for fans to catch up on what’s going on with our team and look back at some great moments and games. Hopefully this will help fill the void until we are able to finally say ‘play ball.’” Podcast-Release-Web

“The SOMthing Patriots Podcast” will air as a weekly radio show on 1450 WCTC-AM and WCTCam.com Friday nights from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The archived version of each show will also be made available online through the Somerset Patriots website, podcast platforms and social media channels.

Each show will feature four segments centered around “something about the Patriots.” The first segment will provide weekly updates on the team, Atlantic League and baseball world as a whole. The second and third segments will include an interview with former players, coaches, staff, ownership and members of significance to the Somerset Patriots community alongside adjoining historical context. The final segment will highlight local heroes in the community, specifically during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The show will be hosted by Director of Broadcasting / Media Relations Marc Schwartz and will feature new guests every week. It will mark the first-ever official podcast produced by the Somerset Patriots.

WCTC will also air the “Somerset Patriots Game of the Week” every Saturday and Sunday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. These games will change every week and feature the full-length radio broadcast of memorable games from Somerset Patriots history. They can be heard by tuning your radio dial to 1450 AM or by visiting www.WCTCam.com.

The podcast and game of the week features will be aired weekly and made available online beginning Friday, May 8th and will continue until baseball resumes.

Stay up to date on all Somerset Patriots 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)

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent more than 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 23-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

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Somerset Patriots Opening Day At Home Event Reaches Incredible Audience

Opening Day At Home Recap SocialBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots hosted an Opening Day At Home event to virtually entertain fans who were not able to celebrate at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday, May 1st.

Opening Day At Home was a day long event that engaged fans on all the team’s social media platforms, mainly focused on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their mobile app.

Throughout the day, the promotion reached over 125,000 people and had close to 20,000 engagements.

“Opening Day At Home was our opportunity to celebrate a day we look forward to all year with our fans,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “Though we couldn’t physically be together, our staff worked very hard to give our fans a chance to interact with us and each other from home.”

The day began with a special message from the Kalafer family and a video narrated by longtime public address announcer Paul Spychala capturing the excitement and emotion surrounding Opening Day.

The team promoted different contests for fans to win exclusive prizes ranging from autograph memorabilia to a video chat with fan favorite Scott Kelly. Manager Brett Jodie announced his Opening Day starting pitcher as ace right-handed pitcher David Kubiak.

The Somerset Patriots Front Office staff participated in various video clips from home throughout the day, highlighted by a rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.”

A very special first pitch was thrown out to honor all the health care workers serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Michael Rodricks, Medical Director of the Critical Care Unit at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, threw out the first pitch to Brittany Roper, Nurse Manager of the Critical Care Unit from the hospital.

Videos were used to highlight the gameday experience at the ballpark and Somerset Patriots Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle checked in to give a virtual autograph to all the fans.

As is tradition, the night ended with an Opening Day Fireworks Show made of clips from previous popular shows at the ballpark over the years.

Stay up to date on all Somerset Patriots news 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)
With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent more than 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 23-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

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Somerset Patriots 2010-2019 All-Decade Team: 3B Corey Smith

All-Decade Social- Corey SmithBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that Corey Smith has been selected as the third baseman of the 2010-2019 All-Decade Team.

“I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to play in front of family, friends, amazing fans and the entire Somerset Patriots staff,” said Smith. “Being from Piscataway just down the road, I can truly say there is no place like home.”

Smith first joined the Somerset Patriots in the second half of the 2012 season. He hit .263 with 46 hits, 11 home runs and 30 RBI in 47 games for the team to finish the season.

The Piscataway legend rejoined the team in 2013 and had his first of back-to-back All-Star seasons for the squad. Smith finished with a .269 batting average, 82 runs scored, 138 hits, 29 doubles, 20 home runs and a team-high 84 RBI in 133 games.

He was also the Atlantic League Player Of The Month for May when he hit .333 with 34 hits, nine doubles, seven home runs, and 27 RBI in 27 games played.

Smith was named the Atlantic League All-Star Game MVP when he won the tie-breaking home run derby to lead the Freedom Division squad to victory.

Smith returned for his final season playing professional baseball in 2014. He finished as the team leader with his .305 average, 149 hits, 37 doubles and 79 RBI in 133 games played. His 13 home runs that season tied for second on the team.

He completed his Somerset Patriots career with a .283 average, 182 runs scored, 333 hits, 75 doubles, 43 home runs and 193 RBI in 313 games played.

“Corey Smith was an exceptional athlete. He had power not matched by many. He hit balls as hard as I have ever seen,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “He was also very good with his hands and feet at third base. He moved well and had a cannon for an arm. Corey truly was the total package as he possessed all the physical tools. But he was also a true team leader with a burning passion to win. Corey was so much fun to be around and work alongside. He was a great baseball player, but he will always be a great friend.”

Smith was the 26th overall pick in the first round by the Cleveland Indians in the 2000 amateur draft out of Piscataway High School. He had prior service in the Indians, San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Kansas City Royals, and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations before joining the Somerset Patriots.

Voting took place online and over 5,000 fans casted their ballots for their favorite players at each position from January 3rd through April 15th. The Somerset Patriots All-Decade Team will be announced over the next few weeks.

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