The New York Yankees have clustered their minor-league affiliates down the eastern seaboard in recent years, leaving the Single-A club in Tampa at the team facility while making sure they kept the other training grounds in the tri-state are after leaving Trenton (and Charleston, SC). Plenty of tradition comes with the territory -- and when minor-league baseball teams see "tradition," they automatically tend to think, "How can we make this ... very weird?"
2024's brainstorm spree has led directly to a delightful rebrand for the Double-A Somerset (NJ) Patriots, a long-standing independent league franchise entering their fourth season affiliated with the Yankees. Minor-League Rebranding Gods "Brandiose" scanned the state for something to play with and managed to set the record for "Most Jersey Rebrand Possible," non-'Sopranos' division. So, sorry, no "Somerset Whackings" or "South Jersey Meat Markets" or "NJ Christopher Columbus Disrespectors".
It's not Springsteen, either, but it's close.
As announced on Tuesday, please welcome the Jersey Diners to the mix, with purchasable gear (duh). These hat/jersey combos will reportedly be worn three times next summer, with a hopeful expansion to come beyond the end of the season.
Yankees affiliate Somerset Patriots become Jersey Diners
Last summer, the Somerset Patriots were among the most powerful minor-league teams, in terms of run differential, the game has seen in recent years. Buoyed by Jasson Dominguez, Austin Wells, Ben Rice and (in spurts) Spencer Jones, as well as Richard Fitts, Will Warren, and Clayton Beeter on the mound, they laid the groundwork for potential Yankees dominance in the years to come.
They also embodied Jersey's propensity for serving up piping hot strikeouts with constant refills, and their bats were hotter than Taylor Ham on a grill.
The Jersey Diners uniforms are, uh, not shy with their pops of color, but the rebrand also includes plenty of incredible secondary logos featured on the site, which we hope the team also has plans to take advantage of (baseball made out of butter on top of pancakes, you have the potential to eviscerate my wallet).
While it's not quite Tony, Carmela and the gang, it's an awfully close second on the Total Jersiness Power Rankings -- and the Hudson Valley Renegades still have the chance to become "The Westchester Paulie Walnuts" if they really want to. It's never too late.