BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots are offering fans a once-in-a-lifetime VIP Meet and Greet with 1977 World Series Champion New York Yankees Sparky Lyle and Willie Randolph at the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game scheduled for Wednesday, July 12th at TD Bank Ballpark.
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Lyle and Randolph will be available for this exclusive VIP Meet and Greet during the Atlantic League’s mid-summer classic. The two New York Yankees legends will take pictures and sign one item per guest in addition to a commemorative autographed picture each guest will receive in the package.
The very limited VIP Meet and Greet is $77 a person in honor of the milestone year and will take place in a suite. The package also includes food and non-alcoholic beverages for the participants.
Lyle and Randolph were recently named Honorary Managers of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.
Lyle had a 16-year Major League career and made a name for himself while in New York, winning the 1977 Cy Young Award and back-to-back World Series Championships (1977 and 1978). He was the first American League relief pitcher to earn the award and ranked among career saves leaders at the time he stopped playing in 1982.
In 1998, he became the manager of the Somerset Patriots, where he spent 15 years in the role. As manager, Lyle guided the team to five Atlantic League Championships (2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, and 2009) and 1,025 wins. He was named Atlantic League Manager of the Year three times (1999, 2003, 2009) and also won 12 Half Championships and eight Division Titles. He became the team’s Manager Emeritus after the 2012 season.
Lyle is no stranger to All-Star Games, having appeared in three as a player in the majors and managed four Atlantic League events.
Randolph had a 18-year Major League Baseball career, most notably in the Bronx from 1976-1988, where he was part of back-to-back World Series Championship teams in 1977 and 1978.
At the end of his playing career, Randolph ranked fifth in Major League history for games played at second base. He moved into a very successful coaching career with the Yankees, where he served for 11 seasons and was part of the team’s four World Series wins from 1996-2000.
He was named the manager of the New York Mets in 2005 and served in the role until 2008. During that time, Randolph brought the Mets to the National League East Division Title and one game from the World Series in 2006.
The six-time Major League All-Star has been a part of the Somerset Patriots family for many years, attending special events and welcoming the players at Spring Training.
The 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game is the premiere event of the summer, hosted by the Somerset Patriots at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, July 12th. The event is presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and will feature the biggest Fireworks Show in ballpark history, commemorative giveaways for all ages, entertainment, and a Home Run Derby. For tickets, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.
About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.
For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.