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January 30, 2006

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Patriots name Jodie pitching coach: The Somerset Patriots have named 28 year-old Brett Jodie as their new pitching coach. Jodie fills the void left by the late season resignation of John Montefusco last year.

Jodie pitched in eight big league games during the 2001 season for the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres. He was a key component of the 2003 Patriots Championship team, and parlayed that into a spring training invite with the Boston Red Sox the following season. However, a freak injury on the first day of camp ended his season and for all intensive purposes, his career. Jodie was never the same during his 2005 return that was ultimately cut short midway through the year.

There was some speculation that Jodie would return as a player in 2006, but team officials really liked the way that he worked with the team’s younger pitchers last season, and were prepared to offer him the job. With the organization going a different direction than the Ducks and frowning upon player/coach positions, Jodie’s days on the mound have officially come to an end.

It will be interesting to see what kind of dynamic Jodie will be able to build with both his pitching staff and manager Sparky Lyle. I’d always imagined that Sparky would bring in more of a “grizzled vet” a la Jeff Scott at the end of last season. But this will certainly be an interesting experiment for the Patriots organization, one they certainly hope will bring them back-to-back Atlantic League championships. – Mike Ashmore


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