Like nearly everything else, baseball was strange this year. The major leagues managed to get through a shortened season and crown a champion, but minor league baseball was shut down. Around these parts, however, the minor league off-season has been … noteworthy. The big story was the move by the New York Yankees to shift its Double A minor league affiliate from the Trenton Thunder to the Somerset Patriots. The Bridgewater-based Patriots are run by Steve Kalafer, who is also chairman of the Flemington Car and Truck Country auto dealerships. He’s also a lifelong Yankees fan. In the latest edition of NJBIZ Conversations, Editor Jeff Kanige spoke with Kalafer about how the team survived through the summer, the outlook for next season and what the new affiliation will mean for the Patriots and the region’s economy. “We are the hallmark of Somerset County,” he said. “We are in the epicenter of Bridgewater. This is going to mean business, and not just for the Patriots, but it’s going to mean business for restaurants and retail stores post-COVID, it’s going to create jobs and it’s really going to become something very special to our community in Somerset County and I’m very proud of that.” Watch the full interview here.