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Yankees Champions Sparky Lyle, Willie Randolph Reunited as Honorary Managers of Atlantic League All-Star Game

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Yankees World Championship teammates Willie Randolph, left and Sparky Lyle will be honorary managers at the July 12 Atlantic League All-Star Game at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater. Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots and the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball have announced that New York Yankees greats Sparky Lyle and Willie Randolph have been named Honorary Managers of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game.

The 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game, presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, will take place at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, July 12th.

Lyle and Randolph will reunite at the premier event of the summer in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of their 1977 World Series Championship with the New York Yankees. Both will participate in the pre-game All-Star activities down on the field and other VIP experiences surrounding the All-Star Game.

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Lyle had a 16-year Major League career and made a name for himself while in New York, winning the 1977 Cy Young Award and back-to-back World Series Championships (1977 and 1978). He was the first American League relief pitcher to earn the award and ranked among career saves leaders at the time he stopped playing in 1982.

In 1998, he became the manager of the Somerset Patriots, where he spent 15 years in the role. As manager, Lyle guided the team to five Atlantic League Championships (2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, and 2009) and 1,025 wins. He was named Atlantic League Manager of the Year three times (1999, 2003, 2009) and also won 12 Half Championships and eight Division Titles. He became the team’s Manager Emeritus after the 2012 season.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun for the fans, the players, and everyone involved. Willie and I are both looking forward to our part in the festivities,” said Lyle. “All-Star Games are always one of the highlights of the season and I know how hard the Patriots staff has been working to make this experience like no other.”

Lyle is no stranger to All-Star Games, having appeared in three as a player in the majors and managed four Atlantic League events.

Randolph had a 18-year Major League Baseball career, most notably in the Bronx from 1976-1988, where he was part of back-to-back World Series Championship teams in 1977 and 1978.

At the end of his playing career, Randolph ranked fifth in Major League history for games played at second base. He moved into a very successful coaching career with the Yankees, where he served for 11 seasons and was part of the team’s four World Series wins from 1996-2000.

He was named the manager of the New York Mets in 2005 and served in the role until 2008. During that time, Randolph brought the Mets to the National League East Division Title and one game from the World Series in 2006.

The six-time Major League All-Star has been a part of the Somerset Patriots family for many years, attending special events and welcoming the players at Spring Training.

“I’m really excited to be a small part of such a big event. In all my time around the Somerset Patriots, and especially the Kalafer family, I know they do everything top notch,” said Randolph. “All-Star Games are an honor for the players and are designed to give an experience that fans will always remember. I can’t think of a better place for this year’s event. I truly think it’s going to be a Big League night.”

The Somerset Patriots will be announcing special VIP opportunities for fans to meet both Lyle and Randolph at the event in the coming days.

The 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game is the premiere event of the summer, hosted by the Somerset Patriots at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, July 12th. and will feature the biggest Fireworks Show in ballpark history, commemorative giveaways for all ages, entertainment, and a Home Run Derby. For tickets, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

 

 

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