About The Author

Mike Ashmore is a 27-year-old sportswriter who covers the Somerset Patriots for the Hunterdon County Democrat and Messenger Gazette, weekly papers based in Central New Jersey.  Ashmore is in his eighth season of covering professional sports, and his fifth season as a Patriots beat writer.

He also serves the Democrat’s beat writer for the Eastern League’s Trenton Thunder and ECHL’s Trenton Devils (online only).  Additionally, his work covering the Trenton Devils has been featured in The Trentonian for the majority of the 2009-10 season.

He started this blog in March of 2010 as a way to provide daily coverage of the team and to supplement his weekly print coverage, and to focus his online coverage more on one team than on the entire league, as had been the case in the past.

Ashmore’s first press pass featured the Somerset Patriots logo.  In 2003, at just 20 years old, Ashmore joined the original PatriotsBaseball.com — created by Scott Stanchak — as a photographer, and started posting player interviews towards the end of that season.  Since then, Ashmore has covered nearly 400 Atlantic League games and sat down with every big name the league has had in his tenure covering the eight-team circuit.  His work has been mentioned both locally and nationally — anywhere from The New York Times to MLB.com.

Ashmore has covered over 675 professional games and interviewed everyone from World Series and Super Bowl MVP’s to NASCAR champions and NBA MVP’s.  He’s covered six championship teams, two no-hitters and has interviewed over 400 Major League Baseball players, including nine Hall of Famers.

He’s also covered six different MLB teams on occasion, including the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals.  Over the past two seasons, Ashmore has covered two Atlantic League All-Star Games, the Eastern League All-Star Game, the MLB Futures Game and the MLB Playoffs.

He can be reached via e-mail at mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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One Response to “About The Author”

  1. Gordy Glose Says:

    Mike, I just came across Patriotsbaseball.com Please put me on your site email list. Looking forward to reading this. Keep up the good work!
    Gordy

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