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Somerset Patriots Schedule Open Tryout

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The Somerset Patriots will host an open tryout at TD Bank Ballpark April 9. Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots
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BRIDGEWATER - The Somerset Patriots will hold open player tryouts for the team at TD Bank Ballpark April 9 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

There will be an administration fee of $40 to tryout, with the proceeds benefiting the Somerset Patriots Children’s Educational And Sportsmanship Foundation, which donates to various charities supported by the Somerset Patriots.

Players are to report to TD Bank Ballpark between 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. to register. 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.

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All participants will be required to sign a release form before trying out for the team.

Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie and his coaching staff will be on hand to evaluate the players at the ballpark.

The Somerset Patriots have invited 20 players from tryouts to Spring Training over the past 17 years. Last year, pitcher R.J. Seidel was signed from the event and played with Somerset for the entire season.

Another notable tryout signee was infielder and fan favorite Scott Kelly, who has been with the team since 2014.

In 2012, the Somerset Patriots signed left-handed pitcher Roy Merritt from the tryouts. After three years in the Atlantic League (two in Somerset), Merritt helped the Somerset Patriots win the 2015 Atlantic League Championship, earning Playoff MVP honors.

“The tryouts give us the opportunity to discover a player who might not have fully been given a shot for some reason or another. We’ve been able to sign guys almost every year, and not just guys to fill our roster, but players that can be difference makers for us," said Patrick McVerry, president and general manager of the Somerset Patriots.

"The guys that joined us from the last few tryouts, are perfect examples of its success,” McVerry added.

For information about the Somerset Patriots 2016 Season, stop by the Ticket Office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call 908-252-0700, or visit the Patriots on-line at http://www.somersetpatriots.com.

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