Somerset Patriots

The Somerset Patriots are an American professional baseball team based in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey. They are a member of the Liberty Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From the 1999 season to the present, the Patriots have played their home games at TD Bank Ballpark.

Somerset Patriots
Team logo Cap insignia
Information
LeagueAtlantic League of Professional Baseball (Liberty Division)
LocationBridgewater Township, New Jersey
BallparkTD Bank Ballpark
Year founded1998
League championships6 (2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2015)
Division championships13 (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
ColorsNavy blue, maroon, silver, white
                   
MascotSparkee the dog, Slider the cat, and General Admission (human)
OwnershipSteve Kalafer
ManagerBrett Jodie
General ManagerPatrick McVerry
Media
  • Bridgewater Courier-News
  • Home News Tribune
  • MyCentralJersey.com
  • Double G Sports
  • NJ.com
  • Franklin Reporter Advocate
  • Recorder Newspapers
  • Packet Publications
  • WCTC
Websitewww.somersetpatriots.com

The Patriots are the winningest franchise of the Atlantic League, capturing six Championship Series titles in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, and most recently, 2015. Their most recent playoff appearance was in 2018 when they lost in the Semifinals against the Long Island Ducks.

The "Patriots" name refers to the Middlebrook encampment where the first official flag of the United States was unfurled, after a law to adopt a national flag had been passed by Congress on June 14, 1777. By special order of Congress, a 13-star flag is flown 24 hours a day at the Washington Camp Ground, part of the former Middlebrook encampment, in Bridgewater Township.

History

The Somerset Patriots were one of the founding members of the Atlantic League in 1998.[1] However, the team spent its inaugural season as a road team while TD Bank Park was being constructed. In the 1999 season, the Patriots opened their ballpark, where they quickly became one of the most successful franchises of the league in both of the win and attendance columns.

For spring training in 2009, the Somerset Patriots became the first Atlantic League team to hold its spring training in its own locale, at the Jack Cust Baseball Academy in nearby Flemington, instead of the traditional site in Lakeland, Florida. The Lancaster Barnstormers and the York Revolution followed suit in 2009, primarily because of the 2008 economic recession.[2]

The Somerset Patriots, and then Manager Sparky Lyle, won their 1,000th game on July 24, 2012. The Patriots defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters with a score of 6–5, in the day game of a day/night doubleheader.

On November 27, 2012 it was announced Somerset pitching coach & former major league pitcher, Brett Jodie, would become the new manager with Lyle becoming Manager Emeritus.[3]

Former professional football player Donald Jones briefly played for the Patriots during his recovery from a kidney transplant.[4]

Logos and uniforms

The Somerset Patriots official colors are navy blue, maroon, and silver. The primary logo depicts a Continental soldier in navy blue with white stars on his shoulder and maroon stripes flowing to his left, a reference to the U.S. flag. Centered below the soldier is the wordmark in navy blue underlined by a silver baseball bat outlined in navy blue. The word "Somerset" is centered above the wordmark in maroon.

The Patriots wear caps produced by Under Armour and uniforms by Majestic Athletic. The caps are navy blue throughout with the cap logo centered on the front. The cap logo consists of the Continental soldier's head outlined in white and maroon. The Patriots also have an alternate cap that has a navy blue crown with a maroon brim and button. The cap logo on the alternate cap consists of a scripted "S" in maroon with white outline and the Patriot-head cap logo superimposed. The home jersey includes maroon piping and the "Patriots" wordmark centered across the front in navy blue and maroon. The away jersey also features maroon piping and the "Somerset" wordmark. The belt, socks, and undershirt are navy blue.

The Patriots alternate jersey is navy blue with silver piping. The "Patriots" wordmark is centered on the chest in maroon with white outline, and a white star in the underscore. |-

Radio

All of the Patriots' games are broadcast on WCTC 1450 AM, with voice of the Patriots Marc Schwartz.

TV

The Somerset Patriots created their own media network, SPN.tv., in 2014. SPN.tv live-streams all 140 games during the season, along with various original programming that features the players, team, front office, fans, community involvement, and more. Game broadcasts are available on the team's website, SPN.tv, Facebook Live, YouTube, Twitter/Periscope, and Twitch.

Mascots

One of the Somerset Patriots' official mascots is an anthropomorphic dog named Sparkee. He wears the team's home uniform with white sneakers. The mascot debuted on July 11, 1998 at the Atlantic League's first All-Star Game at Bernie Robbins Stadium in Atlantic City. Sparkee's name refers to the Patriots first manager, Sparky Lyle.[5] The team also employs another character, a cat (according to Somerset Patriots staff (sometimes mistaken for a bear)) named Slider. After training with Sparkee for several months, he debuted in the 2007 season. Slider wears the Patriots' navy blue alternate jersey with gray pants.[6] A mascot named "TD" (after the stadium's sponsor) debuted in the June 30, 2010 game against the Camden Riversharks. Also the team has a live mascot known as 'General Admission' who wears the traditional uniform donned by those fighting for the colonies during the American Revolution complete with the three cornered hat and musket.

Season-by-season records

Somerset Patriots – 1998 to 2017[7][8]
Season W – L Record Winning Percentage Finish Playoffs
199840–59.4044th OverallDid not qualify for playoffs
199960–60.5003rd Overall0–3 (lost league championship)
200074–66.5281st in South Division0–3 (lost league championship)
200183–43.6591st in South Division3–2 (won league championship)
200265–60.4804th in South DivisionDid not qualify for playoffs
200367–59.5322nd in South Division3–2 (won league championship)
200468–58.5403rd in South DivisionDid not qualify for playoffs
200578–62.5573rd in South Division5–1 (won league championship)
200665–61.5153rd in South DivisionDid not qualify for playoffs
200775–51.5951st in South Division3–4 (lost league championship)
200874–66.5281st in Freedom Division5–1 (won league championship)
200986–54.6141st in Freedom Division6–2 (won league championship)
201075–65.5351st in Freedom Division2–3 (lost in division final)
201149–74.3983rd in Freedom DivisionDid not qualify for playoffs
201265–74.4683rd in Freedom DivisionDid not qualify for playoffs
201390–49.6472nd in Freedom Division6–4 (lost league championship)
201485–55.6071st in Liberty Division2–3 (lost in division final)
201589–50.6401st in Liberty Division6–3 (won league championship)
201677–63.5501st in Liberty Division2–3 (lost in division final)
201774–65.5322nd in Liberty Division3-4 (lost in division final)
201872–54.5711st in Liberty Division2–3 (lost in division final)
201969–69.5004th in Liberty DivisionDid not qualify for playoffs
Totals (1998–2019)1429-1189.548-45–37

Current roster

Somerset Patriots roster
Active (25-man) roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

 

Catchers


Infielders

Outfielders

 

Manager

Coaches

  • 44 Fox Beyer (Assistant Coach/Bench Coach)
  • 23 Jon Hunton (Pitching Coach)

Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated December 7, 2019
Transactions


Retired numbers

42 (Jackie Robinson)
2B, Retired throughout professional baseball on April 15, 1997
28 (Sparky Lyle)
MGR, Retired by the Patriots on June 14, 2014

References

Achievements
Preceded by
Lancaster Barnstormers
2014
Atlantic League Champions
Somerset Patriots

2015
Succeeded by
Sugar Land Skeeters
2016
Preceded by
Newark Bears
2007
Atlantic League Champions
Somerset Patriots

2008, 2009
Succeeded by
York Revolution
2010
Preceded by
Long Island Ducks
2004
Atlantic League Champions
Somerset Patriots

2005
Succeeded by
Lancaster Barnstormers
2006
Preceded by
Newark Bears
2002
Atlantic League Champions
Somerset Patriots

2003
Succeeded by
Long Island Ducks
2004
Preceded by
Nashua Pride
2000
Atlantic League Champions
Somerset Patriots

2001
Succeeded by
Newark Bears
2002
Achievements
Preceded by
Somerset Patriots
South Division
2007
Freedom Division Champions
Somerset Patriots

2008, 2009, 2010
Succeeded by
York Revolution
2011
Preceded by
Lancaster Barnstormers
2006
South Division Champions
Somerset Patriots

2007
Succeeded by
Somerset Patriots
Freedom Division
2008
Preceded by
Camden Riversharks
2004
South Division Champions
Somerset Patriots

2005
Succeeded by
Lancaster Barnstormers
2006
Preceded by
Newark Bears
2002
South Division Champions
Somerset Patriots

2003
Succeeded by
Camden Riversharks
2004
Preceded by
South Division Created
South Division Champions
Somerset Patriots

2000, 2001
Succeeded by
Newark Bears
2002
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