Somerset Patriots

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Somerset Patriots
Founded in 1998
Bridgewater Township, New Jersey
SomersetPatriots.PNGPats cap.png
Team logoCap insignia
Minor league affiliations
ClassDouble-A (from 2021)
LeagueDouble-A Northeast (from 2021)
DivisionNortheast Division
Previous leagues
Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (1998–2020)
Major league affiliations
TeamNew York Yankees (from 2021)
Previous teamsIndependent (1998–2020)
Minor league titles
League titles (6)
  • 2001
  • 2003
  • 2005
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2015
Division titles (13)
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2003
  • 2005
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2013
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
Team data
NameSomerset Patriots (1998–present)
ColorsNavy blue, maroon, gray, white
       
MascotsSparkee the Dog, Slider the Cat, and General Admission (human)
BallparkTD Bank Ballpark (1999–present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Steve Kalafer
General ManagerPatrick McVerry

The Somerset Patriots are an American Minor League Baseball team based in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey, that is the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. They compete in the Double-A Northeast and were previously members of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball from 1998 to 2020. The Patriots have played their home games at TD Bank Ballpark since 1999.

The Patriots were the winningest franchise of the Atlantic League, capturing six championship series titles in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, and 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[edit]

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 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 and 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]

In November 2020, the Patriots were announced as the new Double-A affiliates of the New York Yankees, replacing the Trenton Thunder.[5] They were organized into the Double-A Northeast.[6]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Somerset Patriots – 1998 to 2019[7][8]
Season W–L record Win % Finish Playoffs
1998 40–59 .404 4th Overall Did not qualify for playoffs
1999 60–60 .500 3rd Overall 0–3 (lost league championship)
2000 74–66 .528 1st in South Division 0–3 (lost league championship)
2001 83–43 .659 1st in South Division 3–2 (won league championship)
2002 65–60 .480 4th in South Division Did not qualify for playoffs
2003 67–59 .532 2nd in South Division 3–2 (won league championship)
2004 68–58 .540 3rd in South Division Did not qualify for playoffs
2005 78–62 .557 3rd in South Division 5–1 (won league championship)
2006 65–61 .515 3rd in South Division Did not qualify for playoffs
2007 75–51 .595 1st in South Division 3–4 (lost league championship)
2008 74–66 .528 1st in Freedom Division 5–1 (won league championship)
2009 86–54 .614 1st in Freedom Division 6–2 (won league championship)
2010 75–65 .535 1st in Freedom Division 2–3 (lost in division final)
2011 49–74 .398 3rd in Freedom Division Did not qualify for playoffs
2012 65–74 .468 3rd in Freedom Division Did not qualify for playoffs
2013 90–49 .647 2nd in Freedom Division 6–4 (lost league championship)
2014 85–55 .607 1st in Liberty Division 2–3 (lost in division final)
2015 89–50 .640 1st in Liberty Division 6–3 (won league championship)
2016 77–63 .550 1st in Liberty Division 2–3 (lost in division final)
2017 74–65 .532 2nd in Liberty Division 3–4 (lost in division final)
2018 72–54 .571 1st in Liberty Division 2–3 (lost in division final)
2019 69–69 .500 4th in Liberty Division Did not qualify for playoffs
Totals (1998–2019) 1429–1189 .548 45–37

Logos and uniforms[edit]

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 and television[edit]

All of the Patriots' games are broadcast on WCTC 1450 AM, with voice of the Patriots Marc Schwartz. The team 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[edit]

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.

Roster[edit]

Somerset Patriots roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers


Infielders

Outfielders

  • 24 Isiah Gilliam
  • 16 Ben Ruta
  • 15 Zack Zehner


Manager

Coaches

  • -- Caonabo Cosme (defense)
  • -- Jose Javier (defense)
  • -- Ken Joyce (pitching)
  • -- Travis Phelps (pitching)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On New York Yankees 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated February 8, 2020
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Double-A Northeast
New York Yankees minor league players

Retired numbers[edit]

42 (Jackie Robinson)
Second baseman, Retired throughout professional baseball on April 15, 1997
28 (Sparky Lyle)
Manager, Retired by the Patriots on June 14, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Somerset Patriots".
  2. ^ Spring training to take place in New Jersey
  3. ^ http://www.somersetpatriots.com/
  4. ^ Sambrotto, Anthony. Alumni Rewind: Donald Jones' pursuit of endless opportunities. BuffaloBills.com. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "New York Yankees announce new Minor League affiliation structure". MLB.com. November 7, 2020. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  6. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (February 12, 2021). "MLB Announces New Minors Teams, Leagues". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  7. ^ Atlantic League information
  8. ^ http://atlantic.bbstats.pointstreak.com/standings.html?leagueid=174&seasonid=12585 Atlantic League Standings
  9. ^ Sparkee the mascot
  10. ^ [1]

External links[edit]

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
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