By Gabby Sully- Media Relations Assistant
Bridgewater, NJ- In his second season with the Somerset Patriots and second in the Atlantic League, shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez was one of five Somerset Patriots named as an Atlantic League All-Star.
“You try to do the best you can. It’s nice to just be recognized," said Rodriguez. "Personally, it’s a cool thing. I’ve only been an All-Star once before, so anytime you can do that, you really appreciate it.”
Last season, the natural shortstop hit .257 with a home run, 32 RBI and 14 stolen bases with the Patriots last year. He led the team in doubles (20), ranked second in games played (112), at-bats (405), hits (104) and finished third in runs (57) and walks (50). Additionally, Rodriguez hit .412 (7-for-17) with three runs in the playoffs.
When asked how he has stepped up from last season to get the recognition as an All-Star this year, Rodriguez contributes his success to staying in routine, enjoying the process and not really caught up in the results. “It’s easy to get down after one game, or get too high after a good game,” Rodriguez continued, “So you just really have to stay even-keel and just focus on the process, and that’s what I’ve done this year.”
Rodriguez goes into the All-Star Game with a .297 batting average that ranks 13th in the league, while his average and RBI totals (23) lead all Liberty Division shortstops. Rodriguez has played in a team-high 64 games (third in the league) and boasts 10 doubles, 11 stolen bases, 27 runs and 65 hits.
With the Somerset Patriots securing a playoff spot, Rodriguez knows there’s a lot of baseball to still be played. “Obviously it’s nice to clinch, but we want to kind of be treading upward,” and right now, the objective is to “get better every day, win some ballgames, and hopefully go into the post season and get some more wins.”
The Atlantic League’s 21st Annual All-Star Game will be held at Bethpage Ballpark, the home of the Long Island Ducks, on Wednesday, July 11th at 6:35 p.m.
The midsummer classic will be preceded by the Digmi Home Run Derby and will showcase several of the top power hitters in the league this year. Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to the biggest Fireworks Spectacular of the season.
Tickets for the 2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game, presented by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, are on sale now! Fans can purchase their tickets by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX, online HERE, or downloading the Ducks mobile app.
The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford is underway and features the team’s 20th Season at TD Bank Ballpark. For tickets, 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 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 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.
For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.