Padres hire Zinter as hitting coach

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Alan Zinter as a Somerset Patriot in 2007 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Former New York Mets prospect and Somerset Patriots player Alan Zinter will be the San Diego Padres’ new hitting coach.

Zinter, who has been an assistant hitting coach for the Houston Astros and a minor league hitting coordinator for the Cleveland Indians, replaces Mark Kotsay, who left to become the bench coach for the Oakland Athletics.

[Source: Hardball Talk]

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Shane Spencer to coach in South Korea next season

signed Shane Spencer 2004 Topps Total card from my collection
signed Shane Spencer 2004 Topps Total card from my collection

Former Mets and Yankees outfielder Shane Spencer will not return as the Somerset Patriots’ third base coach and hitting instructor in 2016.

Spencer has accepted the position of field coordinator and manager for the Nexen Heroes’ minor league system in South Korea.

“I want to thank the Somerset Patriots organization for a wonderful time while I was coaching there. I was sad to say that I was leaving for a coaching position in Korea, but it is an opportunity that I just couldn’t pass up,” Spencer said in a team press release.

[Source: Somerset Patriots]

Patriots invite fans to celebrate Atlantic League title

Tomorrow night, Thursday, October 8th, the Somerset Patriots are inviting fans to celebrate the team’s 2015 Atlantic League championship with them.

Fans will be able to meet select players from the 2015 championship team, take pictures with the trophy and buy playoff merchandise.

After losing game one of the championship series to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs a week ago tonight, the Patriots ran off three consecutive wins (interrupted by a pair of rainouts) to capture their sixth title.

 

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Amazing Mets Night

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It’s Amazin’ Mets Night this Sunday, August 9th, at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater as the Somerset Patriots take on the Sugarland Skeeters. 1969 World Series Champs Art Shamsky, Ed Kranepool and Ed Charles are scheduled to appear at the ballpark and there will be a team autograph session with the Somerset Patriots from 4-4:25 p.m. prior to the 5:05 p.m. first pitch.