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Bridgewater, NJ - The Five-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots have announced that open tryouts for the team will be held at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday, March 31st from 10:00 pm to 1:00 pm.
There will be an administration fee of $40 to tryout, with proceeds being donated to the Somerset Patriots Children’s Educational And Sportsmanship Foundation, which has been established to give to various charities supported by the Somerset Patriots.
Players are to report to TD Bank Ballpark at 9:00 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.
“We’ve had success finding players during our open tryouts. It’s a great opportunity for a player to come out and impress our coaches for the opportunity to make our roster this season,” said Patrick McVerry, President/ General Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.
Coaches and representatives from the Patriots will be on hand to evaluate the players at the ballpark, including Manager Sparky Lyle, Third Base/Hitting Coach Travis Anderson, President/General Manager Patrick McVerry, and Vice President/Assistant General Manager Rob Lukachyk.
The Patriots have invited 13 players from tryouts to Spring Training over the past 13 years. Last season, the Patriots signed pitcher Kevin Reese from the open tryouts and he pitched in 86.1 innings in 30 games. Other notables include Tony Gsell, who played for Somerset from 2003 through 2006, and Jim Burt Jr., who played for the team throughout the 2006 season.
The 2012 season will begin at home on Thursday, April 26th at 7:05 pm. For more information on the upcoming season, call (908) 252-0700 or buy your tickets online.