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Revolution set new franchise single-season stolen base mark

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It’s certainly not rare for Justin Greene to beat the baseball to third base with a smile.

When Justin Greene stole his 17th and 18th bases of the season for York in a 5-2 win at Long Island on July 18, along with the 31st theft by Wilson Valdez, it established a new single-season franchise record for team stolen bases.

The Revolution, league-leaders in that category have seen an athletic transformation this season, completely obliterating the record of 100 steals compiled by the inaugural 2007 club.  The three steals by Greene and Valdez put York’s total at 102 for the season…in game 78.  Whatever the new record is set at with however many thefts the Revs compile in the final 62 games this season might stand for a nice long time.  When Mark Mason said he wanted to get faster and run more this year, I don’t think even he had this mind.  In any event, mission accomplished.

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Ryan Feierabend two games into six-year MLB comeback with Rangers, 7th former Rev to reach MLB

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Former York Revolution pitcher Ryan Feierabend (’12) became the seventh Rev alum to reach Major League Baseball back on July 13 when he came out of the Texas Rangers bullpen at home against the Angels for an inning and a third.  He waited six days for a second appearance, tossing an inning and two-thirds July 19 in Toronto.  The number of former Revs to reach the show continues to explode, as Feierabend is the third player to do so this season.  The six most recent York to MLB players have all been pitchers, and have all ascended to the Majors since the mid-way point of the 2012 season, four of which accomplished the feat since the beginning of last season.  Feierabend is the third pitcher off York’s 2012 staff alone to reach the big leagues.  More:

  • The lefty made 17 starts for York in 2012 around time at Triple-A Louisville for the Reds, and established the single-season franchise record for ERA at 2.91.  He was signed by Texas as a non-roster invitee to spring training following that season, and spent the last season and a half pitching for Triple-A Round Rock until his contract was selected by the Rangers from the minors on July 12.
  • The call-up completed a six-year MLB comeback for Feierabend, who last pitched in the Majors for the Seattle Mariners in 2008.  Primarily a starter during his career, he made 25 appearances and 19 starts for Seattle between 2006 and 2008.  Texas called him up to come out of the bullpen, after he made 24 appearances and 16 starts for Round Rock last season, and 19 starts for Round Rock this year.  Feierabend was their opening day starter this season.  Remarkably, it’s not even the biggest MLB comeback this month for a former Revolution pitcher, with Julio DePaula’s seven-year comeback after being called up to the Orioles earlier this month.

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Breakin’ Rad: Patterson joins Thurman in starting multiple All-Star Games

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Overall it was a quiet night for the three York Revolution representatives at the Atlantic League All-Star Game in Sugar Land.  When Eric Patterson started at second base however, he joined Corey Thurman as the only Rev to start two all-star games.  Patterson started at short last season in Southern Maryland.  Thurman was on the bump in the 2009 and 2011 (in York) all-star affairs.  Wilson Valdez started at short this year, giving York the starter at that position two consecutive seasons.  Patterson joins Thurman, outfielder James Shanks and infielder Andres Perez as the only Revs to be selected to multiple all-star games.  Thurman’s three selections (2012 was the other) remains the franchise-best.

Patterson went 0-for-3, but scored the game’s first run after he walked in the top of the first, coming home on a Corey Smith (Somerset) RBI double.    Valdez went 0-for-2.

Rommie Lewis faced just one batter in the bottom of the eighth inning, relieving newly-crowned all-time Atlantic League saves leader Jim Ed Warden (Southern Maryland).  With no one on base and two out, Lewis forced Neil Medchill to fly out to right field to end the inning.  The ALPB All-Stars dropped a 5-3 decision to Sugar Land.

The countdown now begins, with 63 regular season games remaining before the first-half winning Revolution begin their fifth playoff run in eight seasons, and their fourth in the last five.  The best-of-five divisional round will begin on September 24 on the road.

-Paul Braverman

OF Tim Battle added, injuries sideline Neil, Repko

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The Revolution has signed former Yankees farmhand Tim Battle, who will assume the role of fourth outfielder for the club.  Injuries have also officially sidelined two others players indefinitely.

RHP Matt Neil, who was placed on the inactive list on June 15, will be shut down in order to have surgery on his ailing pitching elbow.  He complained of elbow soreness following his June 3 complete game victory over Somerset, which would be his last game pitched this season.  After joining the team on May 24, Neil only made three starts for the Revolution, and was 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA.  The Revs won all three contests he pitched, so it’s a shame for the team, and even moreso for the player.  The comeback from elbow surgery, Tommy John or not, is a long, arduous and usually at-least a calender year-long process.

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Breakin’ Rad: Past Revolution All-Stars

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The Washington Nationals Racing Presidents were a highlight of the 2011 All-Star Game in York, when the Revolution hosted the event for the first time. Fittingly, George Washington was victorious; the first President in his first visit to the First Capital in 200 or so years.

It’s day three of the Atlantic League All-Star Break, and the game is tonight in Sugar Land.  It’s the 17th All-Star Game in league history and the first west of the Mississippi.  York’s representatives tonight are 2B Eric Patterson, SS Wilson Valdez and LHP Rommie Lewis.  Assuming Patterson starts at second, after he started at short last season in Southern Maryland, he will equal teammate Corey Thurman as the only Revolution player to start multiple all-star games.  Thurman started the 2009 and 2011 games.  1B/OF Johan Limonta was selected, but will not participate due to his contract being purchased by Campeche of the Mexican League.

Thanks to the 2014 York Revolution media guide and Darrell Henry, let’s take a look back at former Revolution selections to the game, and some highlights:

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Breakin’ Rad: Who’s coming back for the playoffs?

It’s day two of the All-Star Break.  Let’s delve into the various possibilities of some players who started this season with the Revolution returning in time for the playoffs.  Hopefully this clears up any confusion about the situation of any one player.

Atlantic League rules dictate clubs are allowed to add two players from “outside leagues” to their roster after September 1.  This is not a roster expansion, the active rosters still remain at 25, so moves would have to be made.  But the limit is to prevent a team from bringing in a bunch of ringers for the postseason, guys who really didn’t play a role in helping said team to the playoffs.  (Accommodations are sometimes made post-Septemeber 1 for injury replacements, should a team sustain a season-ending injury after that date.  That’s done at the discretion of the Atlantic League.)  If/when teams take advantage of this, those players are usually guys who started the season with a team, then departed for a lucrative foreign contract, and then return due to their contract being up or the foreign season concluding.

Certainly, two Revolution names immediately spring to mind from that category:  Chris Cody in Taiwan and Johan Limonta in Mexico.  Should both players return, that would satisfy York’s limit of two players.  But their situations are not entirely equal:

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Breakin’ Rad: Justin Greene batting .389

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Our “summer” begins in October once the season is over.  All-Star Break?  I think not!  Over the next four days look for a different post to satisfy your insatiable appetite for Revolution information while the first-half champ and playoff-bound Revs enjoy some much-earned down time.  Now let’s talk about Justin Greene.

The Revolution right fielder is probably the most notable omission from Wednesday’s Atlantic League All-Star Game in Sugar Land.  It certainly isn’t for lack of numbers; Greene hit a cool .383 in 43 first half games.  However, it was his late arrival to the league from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization that cost him, as usually, and understandably so, all-star spots are reserved for players who played the vast majority of the first half for their clubs.  So call it a snub if you’d like, but honestly no one around here is too upset about it, especially should Greene keep cranking out two or three hits a game for York.  I think we should look forward to seeing what he can do after four days rest.

Greene, now batting .389 in 50 games for the Revs, is in hot pursuit of two major records.  Should his pace hold, he’d obliterate each.  The Revolution single-season record for batting average is .339 by infielder Ramon Castro in 2010.  The Atlantic League mark is .371 by Vic Rodriguez of the 2004 Somerset Patriots.  Both records are predicated on the player having 2.7 at-bats per team game, a threshold Greene crossed the first week of July after signing with York on May 23.  Doing so made him the official Atlantic League batting average leader this season, out-pacing the former Twin & Oriole Lew Ford of Long Island (.363) by a healthy margin.

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