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Majewski collects hit in big league spring training game

Whether or not Val Majewski will begin the season with the Revolution, or play for them at all this season is very much up in the air…in a good way.

Last weekend Majewski was moved from the minor league side of Texas Rangers camp to the Major League side, and replaced leftfielder David Murphy in the ninth inning of a road game against the Los Angeles-Anaheim Angels of Orange County or whatever they’re called now.  Majewski singled off right-hander Jeremy Berg (AAA guy) in the top half of the inning, and was left on base although Texas scored thrice to take a 5-4 lead.  The Rangers allowed two in the bottom half however and the Angels escaped with a wild 6-5 win.  Unfortunately, Majewski also made an error in left in the bottom of the ninth.  Albert Pujols also hit his fourth home run of the spring off Texas starter Mark Hamburger, who’s name is more delicious than his pitching.

While it is highly unlikely Majewski will make the Rangers MLB roster, his appearance on the MLB side of camp may bode well that there could be spot for him at Triple-A Round Rock to begin the season, where he ended last year after signing with the Rangers from the Revs in late July.  Rumor has it should Majewski not be employed by the Rangers coming out of spring training, he would not retire and want to play, making York the destination for one final go-round with Etch.  Majewski is now the third player from last year’s team to be in big league spring training this year, joining pitchers Scott Rice (Dodgers) and Mike DeMark (Diamondbacks).

With spring training winding down we should know soon.  The Rangers will play an exhibition game at Round Rock on April 2, and their season opens at home against the White Sox on April 6.  Round Rock begins the regular season on the road, at the Iowa Cubs on April 5.  Stay tuned.

-Paul Braverman

For The Kids…

It took four years, but Corey Thurman is now his own logo.  The Revolution unveiled “Corey Thurman’s Healthy Kids Club” this week.  It’s a free program to join, and the prizes for living healthy include free Revolution tickets and a lunch and autographs from Corey.  Definitely worth checking out if you’re looking to incentivize your youngster.  Check out all the details here.

While we are on the subject of indoctrinating your children into being Revolution fans, there’s also still plenty of time to sign them up for the Rookie Revs, the official Kids Club of the York Revolution.  For just $25 the perks include tickets, cool gifts, special behind the scenes tours, playing on the field, an autograph session and more!  Click here for all the details and to join!

Leading off and playing center field…

More big news today (it’s almost a disappointment now if we go through a day without big news!) as another instrumental figure in the championship runs of the last two years will return, with the Revs announcing the signing of Scott Grimes to a contract for the 2012 season. (more…)

Catch the Revs in pre-season play on 4/19, 4/21 & 4/22

If your thirst for Revolution baseball is so unquenchable you cannot wait until the home opener on May 1 (or for those of you flying to Texas for Opening Day on April 26), the team has announced two home exhibition games which will be open to the public.  This is in addition to the Fan Fest game against the Susquehanna/Central League All-Stars on Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m.

The Revs will take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, and the Lancaster Barnstormers on Sunday, April 22 at 11 a.m.  Both games are at Sovereign Bank Stadium, and admission is free.  Tickets to the April 21 game go on sale on-line and in-person at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office this Saturday, March 24.  Tickets to the Fan Fest game are $5 for the general public and $3 for Revolution season ticket holders.  $1 from each ticket sold will go back to the Susquehanna and Central Leagues, so definitely come on out and support your local amateur leagues.

Those three games will be the only Revolution exhibition matches open to the public.  So take a long lunch break on 4/19 and come down to The Vault to check out the Blue Crabs game.  And we hope to see you all on Sunday 4/22 for a little 2012 War of The Roses sneak preview!  (Fans from across the river not invited. Just kidding.  Or am I?)

-Paul Braverman

Open tryout set for April 7

According to the movie poster for The Rookie, it’s never too late to believe in your dreams.  While it might be unrealistic to expect to make it to the Major Leagues like Jim Morris, (played by Dennis Quaid) why let 40 bucks stand in the way of possible baseball stardom?

The Revolution are again holding their annual open tryout on Saturday, April 7, with the opportunity for players to be invited to Spring Training with the club.  Who knows, this could be the first step in an unlikely Hollywood story for you or someone you know who needs one more shot to show what they can do.

Check in will begin at 9 a.m., and the workout will start at 10 a.m.  The cost to attend the tryout is $40, a fee which is non-refundable.  Players must be at least 18 years of age to tryout.

The tryout will take place on the field at Sovereign Bank Stadium.  Players must provide their own equipment for the tryout, other than batting helmets, which will be provided by the Revolution.

Click here to register.  Players are encouraged to register in advance, but day-of registration will be allowed if spots remain.

The open tryout has yielded results for the Revolution in the past; spot starter Shawn Hedrick pitched for the Revs in 2009 and 2010, pitcher Brian Holliday and outfielder Colin Roberson were also each offered contracts for the 2009 season after participating in the open tryout, as was catcher Salomon Manriquez in 2010.

-Paul Braverman

A new code of arms

At long last, Jake Stevens is on his way to York.

The signings just keep coming in.  You almost need a scorecard to keep up this week.  But two more big additions, and this time two newcomers to the league, as the Revs have added LHPs Jake Stevens and James Houser.  Both could end up being starters, at least at one point or another, but either way at first glance, it sure seems like these two could be big contributors this season. (more…)

As season draws closer, Revs re-sign their closer

Came up with that headline all by myself.  It’s already been a big week around here with Corey Thurman’s return announced on Monday.  Well, add another big name to the list, as a guy who has closed out many a Thurm victory over the last two years will own 9th innings again this season… closer R.J. Rodriguez is the latest champion to return to York for another season. (more…)

Start Movin’ Like Thurm

It’s official, Corey Thurman’s deal is finalized for the 2012 season.  Want to celebrate and join us in movin’ like Thurm?

The pieces are beginning to fall into place, and the Revs have their ace and emotional leader back in the fold. (more…)

Not to be outdone…

A perfect tie-in to the previous post below, how about this one… RHP Mike DeMark, who was initially slated for Triple-A camp with Arizona, has made his way onto the big league scene as well.  Would you believe he has the exact same numbers as Rice through three MLB spring training appearances: 3.0 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts.  It might be about time for a former Revs player, or two, to get the call. (more…)

Could we see another Revs alum in MLB soon?

Could Scott Rice become the second Revs alum to go from York to The Show?

There is a lengthy list of names of players who have gone from the Atlantic League to the major leagues since the league began play in 1998, but since the Revs’ inception in 2007, only one of those names, Tike Redman, has come through York. We may be closer than ever to seeing a second Revs alum use his time in York to make it to The Show, as LHP Scott Rice has been quite impressive for the L.A. Dodgers in major league spring camp. (more…)

This is what’s up…

Good luck with your brackets.  Three more weeks of basketball and then it’s baseball season for real.  Here are some miscellaneous things going on around the Revolution.

  • There is merchandise with the new logo for sale at Sovereign Bank Stadium right now.  New Balance sweatshirts and men’s and women’s polos; the sweatshirts are $75 and the polos are $65.  They have the logo on them seen above.  A full line of merchandise with the new logo, and the new game caps for this season will be available once the First Cap Team Store revovations are completed. 
  • Don’t forget that the Revolution will again play an exhibition game during the annual pre-season Fan Fest, slated this year for Saturday, April 21.  The Revs will take on an all-star team of Susquehanna & Central League players, reprising the same match-up before Fan Fest in 2009.  The game will be at 1 p.m. that day, and the gates will open at Noon.  Tickets will go on sale to the general public for that game on Saturday, March 24, both in-person at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket office and online at (more…)

Barnstormers, Patriots, Skeeters the teams to beat in 2012

At first there were rumblings that there may be some shuffling of the Atlantic League divisions for the upcoming season with the addition of Sugar Land, but that will not be the case. 

The Skeeters will replace the Road Warriors in the Freedom Division, joining York, Lancaster and Somerset.  The Liberty Division will remain Bridgeport, Camden, Long Island and Southern Maryland.  The Liberty remains a division of water-dwelling creatures;  fish, sharks, ducks and crabs.  Mosquitos may breed in water, but they don’t really live there, so having the Skeeters in the non sea-life Freedom Division makes sense.

So it’s another difficult road ahead for the Revs to make the playoffs, having to best the rival Barnstormers, again led by Butch Hobson who always puts a winner on the field, the 5-time champion Patriots who you’d think will be much more competitive this year after an uncharacteristic losing season in 2011 and the Skeeters, who I think will be pretty good for these reasons.

Let’s start the insanity.  43 days until Opening Day in Sugar Land.

-Paul Braverman

Jason Aspito returning…sort of

Some fun news today regarding the Revolution’s all-time home run leader Jason Aspito (from the Revs press release):

The two-time defending Atlantic League Champion York Revolution has announced that their all-time home run leader, Jason Aspito, will join the team’s Fan Fest celebration on Saturday, April 21 to help raise money for the Penn State York baseball team.

Aspito, now the head coach at Penn State York, will hold a special pre-game home run derby before the Revolution take on an All-Star team of Susquehanna and Central League players at 1 p.m.  The gates at Sovereign Bank Stadium will open at Noon, with the home run derby at 12:30.

Aspito will take 30 swings, and fans will be able to pledge whichever amount they wish upon arrival, per home run he hits.  All the proceeds will go to the Penn State York baseball program.

Playing for the Revolution from the inaugural season in 2007 through 2009, Aspito established the franchise record for home runs, both career and single season, with 42 in a Revs uniform and 24 in the first playoff season of  2008.  Aspito was also named the team’s most valuable player that year.

Upon his retirement from the professional game after the 2009 season, Aspito took over the Penn State York baseball program while continuing to play for Red Lion in the Susquehanna League during the summer.  Aspito also spent time in the White Sox and Angels organizations during his playing career, ascending to Triple-A.

“Anything that helps grow the game of baseball in York County, we’re all for,” said Revolution President & General Manager Eric Menzer.  “We were pretty excited when Jason approached us with the idea to fundraise for his team, it was a chance to bring back one of our all-time great players for an event to help another baseball team in town.  It’s something we’re happy to do.”

Full plans for the Revolution’s Fan Fest on April 21 will be revealed shortly.  The event is presented by WGTY Great Country 107.7.

Revs acquire LHP Novoa in three-team deal

The Revs announced another roster move today, acquiring LHP Yunior Novoa from Lancaster in a three-team deal. York sent Eric Eymann’s rights to Southern Maryland in exchange for INF Kody Kirkland, who was then shipped to Lancaster for Novoa to close the deal. (more…)

Revs add shortstop Gonzalez, catcher Scott

Shortstop Danny Gonzalez

The two-time defending Atlantic League champion York Revolution have announced two more player signings, inking veteran shortstop Danny Gonzalez and catcher Travis Scott to contracts for the 2012 season.  The signings bring the Revs’ preseason roster count to 12 players officially under contract, with a little more than a month remaining before the start of spring training.