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Somerset Patriots To Hold Fanfest Saturday

The Somerset County Parks Commission is offering fans the chance to have their names engraved on personalized bricks at the entrance to TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Atlantic League's Somerset Patriots
TD Bank Ballpark (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, April 12th, baseball fans can take a look at the way baseball was played in the 19th century and get autographs from Somerset Patriots players and coaches at the team’s annual Fan Fest at TD Bank Ballpark.

The event, which will be held from noon-3 p.m., will feature a game between the Flemington Neshanock and the Elizabeth Resolutes played using 1864 rules. The two teams are members of the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League.

Somerset Patriots manager emeritus Sparky Lyle, manager Brett Jodie, hitting coach Shane Spencer and select team players will also be on hand to sign autograph at various times during the event.

Fans will be able to tour the ballpark and take advantage of ticket specials, and there will be a variety of children’s activities.

For more information, visit somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots to retire Sparky Lyle’s uniform number

Sparky Lyle (file photo from 2008 - credit: Paul Hadsall)
Sparky Lyle (file photo from 2008 – credit: Paul Hadsall)

Sparky Lyle has been a part of every Somerset Patriots season, and this June the team will make sure his legacy will not be forgotten.

On Saturday evening, June 14th, the Somerset Patriots will retire their former manager’s number 28 in a ceremony beginning at 6:35 p.m., prior to their 7:05 p.m. game vs. the Long Island Ducks.

“I am truly honored and humbled to have my number retired with the Somerset Patriots. Not only has the organization been where the second chapter of my baseball life took place, it became my home. The organization, the players and coaches I’ve worked with, and the fans have made it very special over 15 years,” Lyle said in a press release. “This will be one of the highlights of my career and I look forward to sharing the day with my family, friends, and of course our fans.”

The first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a commemorative pin and card highlighting Lyle’s career with the Patriots.

Tickets are on sale now at www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots’ toy drive is Saturday

The Somerset County Parks Commission is offering fans the chance to have their names engraved on personalized bricks at the entrance to TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Atlantic League's Somerset Patriots
TD Bank Ballpark (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Somerset Patriots will hold their annual holiday toy drive at TD Bank Ballpark this Saturday, Dec. 7.

Fans are being asked to bring new, unwrapped toys to the Somerset Patriots Team Store . All toys will be donated to Foster Adoptive Family Services of New Jersey for those less fortunate.

Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle and Manager Brett Jodie  will be at the event to meet fans, sign autographs, and take pictures from 10 a.m. to noon.

Santa Claus and the team’s mascots will also be available for photos.

 

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Somerset Patriots holiday toy drive is Saturday

Somerset Patriots manager emeritus Sparky Lyle, in a photo from 2006 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Somerset Patriots manager emeritus Sparky Lyle, in a photo from 2006 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Somerset Patriots will hold their annual toy drive on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. – noon at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater.

Fans who bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to  Foster Adoptive Family Services of New Jersey will have the chance to meet Patriots manager emeritus Sparky Lyle and get his autograph. Kids can also meet Santa Claus and Patriots mascots Sparkee and Slider.

“This is a special holiday event that both Sparky and our entire staff looks forward every year. We have a tremendous group of fans that help us collect hundreds of toys for those less fortunate and help bring a little holiday cheer to those who need it, ” said Patrick McVerry, President/ General Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

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Report: Sparky Lyle steps down as Somerset Patriots manager

Somerset Patriots manager Sparky Lyle, in a photo from 2006 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Longtime Somerset Patriots manager Sparky Lyle will not return to that role for the 2013 season, MyCentralJersey.com’s Ryan Dunleavy reports.

Lyle, 68, is the only manager the Patriots have had in their 15 seasons of existence. He retires with 1,024 Atlantic League victories and five Atlantic League Championships to his credit.

Pitching coach Brett Jodie will be promoted to manager, according to Dunleavy, while Lyle will transition into a more public relations-oriented role as manager emeritus.

“There is a transition to everything,” [team owner Steve] Kalafer said. “We’re going forward with Sparky in a new role. It would be very different if Sparky was no longer part of our team. This is quite the opposite. This ensures that Sparky will still be part of it for our fan base and our sponsor base. He is iconic, and we’re delighted that this is a great transitional role for him.”

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Somerset Patriots unveil ballpark anniversary logo, announce Christmas toy drive

On Monday, the Somerset Patriots unveiled a new logo to commemorate the upcoming 15th anniversary of their ballpark.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the 15th Season Anniversary of our home. TD Bank Ballpark holds so many great memories for the organization and all of our fans. Its going to be a special season at the ballpark with new memories and excitement for fans to enjoy,” said Patrick Mcverry, President/ General Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

The Patriots will celebrate the anniversary of their ballpark on June 7, 2013 before their 7:05 p.m game against the Sugarland Skeeters, 15 years to the day after it opened.

Somerset’s annual holiday toy drive is scheduled for Saturday, December 8th from 10 a.m. – noon. Fans who bring a new, unwrapped toy donation will be able to meet team manager Sparky Lyle, mascots Sparkee and Slider, and Santa Claus himself.

“This is a special holiday event that both Sparky and our entire staff looks forward every year. We have a tremendous group of fans that help us collect hundreds of toys for those less fortunate and help bring a little holiday cheer to those who need it, ” said Patrick McVerry, President/ General Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

If anyone is looking for Sparky Lyle’s autograph, this is a good opportunity to get it while helping to make Christmas a little better for some children served by Foster Adoptive Family Services of New Jersey.