Somerset's longtime manager has moved into a new role after 15 years and five Atlantic League championships.
Bridgewater, NJ – Sparky Lyle, the Somerset Patriots manager since the team began play in the Atlantic League in 1998, has stepped down from his position and has become the team’s manager emeritus.
“It’s been a great 15 years. I’d like to thank Steve Kalafer, the Somerset Patriots, and all of our fans. I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished together during this time,” Lyle said.
In January of 1997, Lyle was the first employee hired by the team. Despite no prior coaching or managing experience, Patriots chairman Steve Kalafer saw something special in Lyle, who had been out of baseball since