By Gabby Sully- Media Relations Assistant
Bridgewater, NJ - In his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League, Mike Fransoso will be making an appearance at the 2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game hosted by the Long Island Ducks at Bethpage Ballpark.
“It’s a nice honor, especially since we clinched the first half so that was good too,” Fransoso said. “Being an All-Star is an honor here and I’m looking forward to it.”
This season, Fransoso holds a .313 batting average along with two home runs and 26 RBI over 61 games played. He has a .411 on-base percentage which ranks fifth in the league, ranks third in triples (4), eighth in walks (31), and ninth in batting and runs (35).
With the first half wrapped up and a playoff spot clinched, Fransoso’s objective is to keep playing strong.
“We’re trying to have fun but still win ballgames, trying to prepare for the playoffs. You can’t just turn it on with two weeks left. You got to continue to do what you do and win ballgames,” said Fransoso.
In his previous two seasons with the Rockland Boulders in the Can-Am League, the left-handed hitting utility player finished second on the team in batting in 2016 with a .291 average along with six home runs, 43 RBI and a .395 on-base percentage (OBP) over 86 games. Fransoso followed that up with a strong season last year in which he batted .272 with four home runs, 38 RBI and a career-high .406 OBP.
In regard to his versatility, Fransoso considers it a big asset to any club.
“I’m just happy that I can come out here and help the team win in any way,” he continued. “Whatever that position is that day I’m comfortable with so I think it helps Brett (Jodie) put lineups together with matchups. I think it helps when you can have utility guy to move around.”
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.