The 2016 Somerset Patriots will have a former National League All-Star on their roster.
That former MLB All-Star is 1B/OF Bryan LaHair.
Chicago Cubs fans might remember LaHair, who earned his All-Star status with a hot start to the 2012 season, hitting .390 with five home runs and 14 RBI in April. He was one of 38 representatives on the NL squad that year.
More recently, the 33-year-old Worcester, Mass. native spent the 2013 season with the Fukoka Softbank Hawks in Japan and split the 2014 season between the Double-A Akron Ruber Ducks and the Triple-A Columbus Clippers in the Cleveland Indians organization. He did not play at all last season.
Still, it’s always interesting to see new players with notable Major League Baseball resumes turn up in the Atlantic League.
New Britain’s new Atlantic League team has an identity: The Bees.
According to a press release, “New Britain’s nickname, the ‘Hardware City’, is inspired by its manufacturing heritage as well as its status as home to Stanley Black & Decker, a world leading provider of tools and storage. Its motto – – ‘Industry fills the hive and enjoys the honey’ – – is a direct reference to this robust history and inspired the new Bees’ identity.”