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

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

The Somerset Patriots will hold their annual toy drive on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. – noon at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater.

Fans who bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to  Foster Adoptive Family Services of New Jersey will have the chance to meet Patriots manager emeritus Sparky Lyle and get his autograph. Kids can also meet Santa Claus and Patriots mascots Sparkee and Slider.

“This is a special holiday event that both Sparky and our entire staff looks forward every year. We have a tremendous group of fans that help us collect hundreds of toys for those less fortunate and help bring a little holiday cheer to those who need it, ” said Patrick McVerry, President/ General Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

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About Paul Hadsall

I'm the former editor of a weekly community newspaper and current contributor to Hot Stove Baseball. I've been a New York Mets fan for most of my life and I've been blogging about them, minor league baseball, baseball cards and autograph collecting since 2007. Contact me at paul@randombaseballstuff.com

2 responses

  1. Freddy says:

    I think its safe to say Sparky’s Atlantic League managerial record will be safe due to his longevity there. Just like Jeff Nettles holding most of the hitting records.

    Here’s another record I’m sure no one is chasing- Kei Igawa holds the most victories for the AAA SWB franchise- no matter what it was called or which MLB team it was affiliated with.

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    • Paul says:

      I think it’s a good bet. No one sets out for minor league or independent league career records, but I guess it’s better to have them than not if you’re going to keep playing.

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