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.
Obviously it’s a great day to have Thurm officially signed for 2012. His contributions on and off the field have been immeasurable. I’m always amazed, and probably shouldn’t be any longer, but still am amazed to watch him walk around at some of the community appearances that we do during the off-season, and the number of people that not only recognize him, but know him well and stop and talk with him, and he’s had an impact on so many youth players around here as well. You’ll never hear a negative thing said about him, and we could not ask for a better ambassador here.
His success does not come by accident, and he works harder than anyone I’ve seen. In fact at the beginning of the 2008 season, he had to cut down on his throwing and workload between and before starts to stop from overdoing it. But he outworks everybody to enjoy the success that he’s had. Most days he’s up by 5:45 a.m. to start his workouts whether it’s at home or at the gym, and he’s at the stadium before the sun has completely risen to begin his intensive throwing sessions. He came up with a military background, his father a retired Army captain, and he takes that approach into his daily work. The All-Star honors, the wins records, all of the accolades… those have not happened by accident. It is amazing to watch the man work at his craft… and exhausting just to watch! That’s the stuff that nobody gets to see.
He has a positive influence on everyone he meets though whether it’s out in the community or around his teammates, and as many fans have witnessed, he lights up that dugout on days he’s not pitching and has a huge impact whether he’s on the field or not. After coming out of Game 5 of the Division Series in Lancaster, there was no bigger cheerleader than Thurm himself. He’s the emotional leader and heart and soul of the team, and it’s great to have him back.
For all of the facts, here’s the full press release:
The two-time defending Atlantic League champion York Revolution have re-signed right-handed starter Corey Thurman to a contract for the 2012 season, which will mark his unprecedented fifth season in a Revolution uniform. The signing was made official today as announced by manager Andy Etchebarren.
“Not many teams can rely on having someone in their rotation as dependable as ‘Thurm’ year after year, and we’re very happy to have him back,” said Etchebarren. “The guys love him, the fans love him, and he’s proven that he’s one of the best pitchers in this league.”
One of the most popular figures in the history of the franchise, the York resident entered last season already atop the Revs’ all-time charts in virtually every pitching category, and proceeded to roll out his finest season as a member of the Revolution to date.
Thurman added to his own record book in 2011 by claiming the club’s single-season record for victories (13) and ERA (3.33), ranking second best in the league in both categories. Thurman also finished second in the league with 111 strikeouts, tied for the league-lead in starts (25), and logged the third most innings (140.2). York went 19-6 in his 25 starts last year, and Thurman was honored at the end of the season as a year-end Atlantic League All-Star and as York’s co-Player of the Year, sharing the team’s top award with first baseman Chris Nowak. He was also the starting pitcher for the Freedom Division at the 2011 Atlantic League All-Star Game held at Sovereign Bank Stadium last July, the second time in three years that he earned the starting nod at the league’s premiere event.
Thurman will enter the 2012 season with a career-best and franchise-record seven-game winning streak intact which spanned his final 10 starts from last season. He posted a 2.31 ERA over those final 10 starts, and did not lose a game after July 4. Part of that run included a 19.2-inning scoreless streak, the third longest in team history (Thurman also holds the club record with a 24.0-inning scoreless streak established in June, 2008) as he did not allow a run in his first three starts in the month of August. Thurman was a model of consistency for the entire season, holding the opposition to three earned runs or fewer in 22 of his 25 total starts.
His biggest start in four years in a Revolution uniform happened to be his final start last season, when he worked 6.2 innings and exited with a 1-1 tie in Game 5 of the Freedom Division Championship Series in Lancaster, a game that the Revs would go on to win 5-4 in 10 innings to claim their second consecutive division title. Thurman retired 13 consecutive batters at one point and allowed just three hits while striking out a season-best nine in the win-or-go-home contest. He owns a 2.22 ERA in four career postseason starts with York.
Thurman was slated to start Game 4 of the Atlantic League Championship Series last fall, but watched the game on YorkRevsTV.com from a room at York Hospital with his wife Angela, celebrating both the team victory as well as the birth of the couple’s first child, daughter Ella.
“I’m really excited to be back and I’m really looking forward to my daughter Ella being able to see me pitch here at home,” said Thurman. “With my family being here, it’s really special to continue my great, positive relationship with the Revolution family and fans.”
The ace righty will enter the 2012 season topping the franchise’s all-time charts with 38 wins (18 more than any other pitcher), 95 starts (62 more than any other), 397 strikeouts (leads by 228), and 523.1 innings (leads by 281.1). He has also reached double-figures in wins in back-to-back seasons and three of his four years overall in York. No other pitcher in team history has won 10 or more games more than once.
The Revs have turned to their fan-favorite to help roll out the carpet each of the last three seasons, as Thurman has been the club’s starter in the home opener in each of those years, while being given the ball on the league’s Opening Night each of the last two seasons.
Thurman has become a fixture in the York community off the field as well, spending his off-seasons doing appearances for the Revolution front office, while also giving lessons and instruction to local youth baseball players with many of those sessions held at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Thurman also spent part of the past off-season pitching in the prestigious Mexican and Venezuelan Winter Leagues.
The 2012 season will mark Thurman’s 17th as a professional. The 33-year-old was originally signed as the Kansas City Royals’ fourth-round draft choice in 1996, and appeared in a combined 49 major league games, four as a starter, during the 2002 and 2003 seasons with Toronto.