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.
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.
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.
Today I’m sharing what might be the final baseball card I got signed during the 2014 season: Lou Montanez‘s 2010 Upper Deck card.
Montanez and the rest of his Somerset Patriots teammates opened their first-round Atlantic League playoff series against the Lancaster Barnstormers.
Montanez, 32, had a solid season for the Patriots – in 130 games, he hit .289 with an .821 OPS, 17 home runs and 74 RBI.
A one-time top prospect, Montanez was drafted by the Chicago Cubs with the third overall pick in the 2000 amateur draft. It would be years before he ever played for them. After leaving the Cubs’ organization as a free agent in 2006, Montanez signed with the Baltimore Orioles. He finally made his major league debut in 2008 as a defensive replacement for Luke Scott in a 3-0 Orioles victory over the Angels.
I saw 3536 regular season and one playoff baseball games this year, something that’s probably only of interest to me. I’d like to thank my friends Greg, Vinny, Kristi, Fred, Bart and everyone else that made it possible for me to see so much baseball this year.
Of the home teams I saw more than once, the Somerset Patriots are the only one that had a winning record in the games I attended. (I was surprised at how well the Mets did when I went back to check my scorecards – I remembered the losses better than the wins, I think.)
New York Mets (7-7)
March 31 at Citi Field: Washington Nationals 9, New York Mets 7
April 5 at Citi Field: New York Mets 6, Cincinnati Reds 3
April 19 at Citi Field: Atlanta Braves 7, New York Mets 5
May 13 at Yankee Stadium: New York Mets 12, New York Yankees 7
May 14 at Citi Field: New York Yankees 4, New York Mets 0
May 25 at Citi Field: Arizona Diamondbacks 2, New York Mets 1; New York Mets 4, Arizona Diamondbacks 2
June 13 at Citi Field: New York Mets 6, San Diego Padres 2
June 14 at Citi Field: San Diego Padres 5, New York Mets 0
July 11 at Citi Field: New York Mets 7, Miami Marlins 1
Aug. 10 at Citizens Bank Park: Philadelphia Phillies 7, New York Mets 6
Aug. 11 at Citizens Bank Park: New York Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Sept. 15 at Citi Field: Miami Marlins 6, New York Mets 5
Sept. 28 at Citi Field: New York Mets 8, Houston Astros 3
Saturday, I saw Guardians of the Galaxy with a friend and then we traveled on to Camden to watch the Somerset Patriots play the Camden Riversharks. If you didn’t catch the film this weekend, you’re missing out on one of the best movies of the summer.
I also recommend going to a baseball game in Camden if you have the opportunity. While the city does not have the best reputation, Campbell’s Field is in a safe area near tourist attractions like Adventure Aquarium (formerly the New Jersey State Aquarium) and the Battleship New Jersey Museum as well as the Rutgers-Camden campus.