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The Roundup: Don’t call it a comeback, Costanzo finally makes it, Braves enjoy some Pie

Welcome to baseball bizarro world.  At the time you read this, the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals are either in first, or a game or less out of first.  The two-time defending champion York Revolution spent the first two weeks of the season in last place, until their furious sweep of the Somerset Patriots over the weekend got the ball rolling on their season.  Now that the offense has seemingly turned a corner, will the Revs continue their consistent winning ways of the last two seasons?  This shill for the team says yes!  Anyway, here’s a bunch of news:

From the York Daily Record:  York County resident and 10-year Major League veteran pitcher Mark Hendrickson is using a head-scratching plan to try to return to professional baseball.  Not that I can speak for our baseball operations staff, but I’d have to imagine a guy living in York with Hendrickson’s track record could probably find a spot on the Revolution one way or another, starting or relieving.

From  Former Camden Riversharks third baseman Mike Costanzo is the latest former Atlantic Leaguer to reach the Majors, and he made his debut at that for the Cinicinnati Reds.  The Philadelphia-area guy was the Phillies #1 pick back in 2005, and was able to revive his career in Camden after less than stellar minor league stints with the Phillies and Orioles.  He excelled at Double and Triple-A last season after the Reds plucked him from Camden.

From  Former Cub and Oriole Felix Pie’s stay in the Atlantic League was brief, albeit successful.  His contract was purchased by the Atlanta Braves, who have assigned him to Triple-A Gwinnett.  Wouldn’t be shocked to see him suit up for the big league Braves before season’s end.  While it’s doubtful at this point the now 27-year-old Pie will ever live up to the top prospect hype he was once billed with, he adds needed outfield depth to the Braves organization at the higher levels.  Give Pie credit, he played his cards right.  Although the report says he was cut by the Cleveland Indians out of spring training, they actually wanted to send him to Double-A Akron, which he apparently saw as a giganitc waste of time considering the amount of Triple-A and MLB experience he has.  So he decided to ask for his release from the Indians and play in the Atlantic League until a worthwhile Triple-A offer came.  Representatives from the Boston Red Sox were in York to see Pie play with Camden May 1-3, but again the rumor is they wanted him to start at Double-A Portland, no dice.  Finally the Braves came in with a respectable offer.  Camden wasn’t expecting to have Pie long…and he did help them tread water through their bizarre 12-game road trip to open the season.  He departed with a .353 average, three homers and 12 batted in.  The Revolution sure couldn’t get him out.

From Revs Inside Pitch:  Jim Seip examines some tense moments between the Patriots and Revolution in last weekend’s series, regarding Freddie Bynum pimping a home run he hit off James Houser.  The faces in the clubhouse may change, but for some reason the Pats and Revs just do not like each other when they are between the white lines.  The same is not true for the front offices, myself and Patriots Vice President of Communications Marc Russinoff get along just fine.

From  Third baseman Jeff Nettles has played for the Somerset Patriots for the better part of the last decade now, and has become the Atlantic League all-time hits leader.  Last season, he took over the ALPB all-time lead in RBI and doubles as well, and the league runs and home runs record are in his sights as well.

From The York Dispatch:   Brian Wisler, the official scorer at Sovereign Bank Stadium gets a day off from sports…never.  An elementary phys-ed teacher in the Central York School District, here’s a column from beat writer John Walk on a special track meet Wisler organizes and helped found.

-Paul Braverman


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