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January 28, 2006

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Patriots and Bears to have joint tryouts in Bridgewater: Here’s a copy of the Patriots press release.


Bridgewater, NJ- The 2005 Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots, along with the Newark Bears, have announced that open tryouts for the teams will be held together at Commerce Bank Ballpark on Saturday, April 1st from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

There will be an administration fee of $40 to tryout, with proceeds being donated to the Patriots Charity Fund, which has been established to give to various charities supported by the Somerset Patriots.

Players are to report to Commerce Bank Ballpark at 8:00 am for registration. Participants must be high school graduates and at least eighteen years of age. All those present should provide their career statistics and must supply their own wooden bats and baseball gloves. All participants will be required to sign a release form before trying out for the team.

Coaches from the Patriots and the Bears will be on hand to evaluate the players at the ballpark, including managers Sparky Lyle and Chris Jones.

The Patriots have signed a player from three open tryouts held by the team, including Tony Gsell, who has played for Somerset since 2003. The Bears recently signed pitcher Steve Crampton from an open tryout and he went on to become the team’s Pitcher Of The Year.

“Both teams want to provide players with the chance to prove themselves to us and show that they can play at a high level. The tryouts have been successful in the past at giving players a chance to be rediscovered and get back into professional baseball,” said Patrick McVerry, President/ General Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

The Three Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots have placed Season Tickets and Group Tickets on sale for the upcoming 2006 season. For more information on how to be part of the 2006 season, call (908) 252-0700 or visit the website at http://www.somersetpatriots.com.



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