The Somerset Patriots have hired former New York Yankees and New York Mets outfielder Shane Spencer to be their hitting and third base coach.
“Shane brings a wealth of knowledge to our staff. His experiences as a player and coach will be extremely valuable in helping us produce a championship caliber team. I very much look forward to working with him towards our common goal,” Patriots Manager Brett Jodie said in a team press release.
“I’ve done the hitting coach job in the (affiliated) minor-leagues and I was looking for something different,” Spencer told Ryan Dunleavy, who covers the team for MyCentralJersey.com
Spencer played five seasons with the New York Yankees, making his debut in 1998. He spent one year each with Cleveland and Texas before finishing his major league career with the New York Mets in 2004. Spencer then went to Japan, where he played for the Hanshin Tigers in 2005 and 2006. He was a hitting coach for the San Diego Padres organization at the Single-A level in 2008 and 2009.
Dunleavy writes that Spencer plans to use the ups and downs of his career — on-field and off- — as a teaching tool.
I got a Shane Spencer baseball card signed through the mail a few years ago, but if I get the opportunity to see the Patriots this year I’ll probably try to see if I can get one signed in person.
Do you plan to see the Somerset Patriots or any other Atlantic League baseball games this year?