Longtime Somerset Patriots manager Sparky Lyle will not return to that role for the 2013 season, MyCentralJersey.com’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.”