Somerset Patriots manager Sparky Lyle, in a photo from 2006 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Longtime Somerset Patriots manager Sparky Lyle will not return to that role for the 2013 season,’s Ryan Dunleavy reports.

Lyle, 68, is the only manager the Patriots have had in their 15 seasons of existence. He retires with 1,024 Atlantic League victories and five Atlantic League Championships to his credit.

Pitching coach Brett Jodie will be promoted to manager, according to Dunleavy, while Lyle will transition into a more public relations-oriented role as manager emeritus.

“There is a transition to everything,” [team owner Steve] Kalafer said. “We’re going forward with Sparky in a new role. It would be very different if Sparky was no longer part of our team. This is quite the opposite. This ensures that Sparky will still be part of it for our fan base and our sponsor base. He is iconic, and we’re delighted that this is a great transitional role for him.”

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2 responses

  1. Freddy says:

    I think the only Independent teams that draw as well as Somerset are Sugar Land and Long Island.

    Somerset also seems to be a landing spot for Yankee prospects that don’t make it.


    • Paul says:

      Brett Jodie came up through the Yankees farm system and still has some connections there, I think.

      It will be interesting to see if Sugarland keeps the crowds in year two and beyond.