The Somerset Patriots are a minor league baseball team which plays in Bridgewater, New Jersey. They are a member of the Atlantic League and are affiliated with no Major League Baseball team.
The Patriots won the league championship in 2001, setting a league record of 83 wins and 43 losses. They again earned the league title in 2003.
The team plays in Commerce Bank Park , which opened in 1999 as Somerset Ballpark after the Patriots spent the 1998 season as a road team. In their first six seasons, the Patriots drew over two million fans, for an average over 5,000 per game, filling an entertainment niche in central New Jersey.
|Season||Manager||First Half Record||Second Half Record
|1998||Sparky Lyle||21-28, 4th place||19-32, 5th place
|1999||Sparky Lyle||24-36, 6th place||36-24, 1st place
|2000||Sparky Lyle||38-32, 1st place South||36-34, 1st place South
|2001||Sparky Lyle||39-24, 1st place South||44-19, 1st place South
|2002||Sparky Lyle||36-27, 1st place South (tie)||29-33, 4th place South
|2003||Sparky Lyle||30-33, 3rd place South (tie)||37-26, 1st place South (tie)
|2004||Sparky Lyle||33-30, 3rd place South||35-28, 3rd place South
Note: In 2002, Newark Bears were declared first-half champion on criteria (head-to-head record) and Patriots did not qualify for playoffs.
- 1999: Lost to Bridgeport Bluefish, 3 games to 0, in championship round
- 2000: Received first-round bye; lost to Nashua Pride, 3 games to 0, in championship round
- 2001: Received first-round bye; defeated Newark Bears, 3 games to 2, for league championship
- 2003: Defeated Camden Riversharks, 2 games to 0; defeated Nashua Pride, 3 games to 2, for league championship
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