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Notebook: Heat wave edition

It’s too hot.  On that note, I’d like to thank everyone in York City this week who came up to me and said “hot enough for ya?”  Anywho, a lot of miscellaneous facts about the Revolution have been piling up in my head during the week, and it’s time to remove them to make room for other things.  So I hope you enjoy this in some type of air conditioning.

  • After making his off-season home in New Brunswick, NJ for the last five years, Revs bench/third base coach Enohel Polanco is now a United States citizen.  A native of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, it was a long time coming for Polanco, and it became official on June 19.  I was fortunate enough to spend some time with him talking about it, and you can catch the full story in the new edition of the York Revolutionary Times at the ballpark.  The new one will run Monday, July 2 through Sunday, July 8 for the series’ against Somerset and Camden.
  • Chris Nowak was released from Mexico City in the Mexican League shortly after he arrived there.  He is on his way back to the Revolution, and should be active to play on Monday.  With the roster at 25 active players, a roster move will have to be made.  What that move will be remains to be seen.  I seriously don’t know, so we’ll all be forced to speculate.
  • As you know, a slew of former Revolution pitchers are currently in Triple-A, and for the most part the results haven’t been too shabby.  Who will be the next Rev to reach the Majors?  Click below to check out the up-to-date numbers of the following alums:
    Scott Rice, Albuquerque Isotopes (Dodgers Triple-A, Revs ’11)
    Mike DeMark, Reno Aces (Diamondbacks Triple-A, Revs ’11)
    Ryan Feierabend, Louisville Bats (Reds Triple-A, Revs ’12)
    Shawn Hill, Las Vegas 51s (Blue Jays Triple-A, Revs ’12)
    Ian Thomas, Rome Braves (Braves Class A, Revs ’12)
  • Lancaster Manager Butch Hobson will not be suspended for throwing first base into the York dugout trash can twice last Sunday at Sovereign Bank Stadium after being ejected.  I thought there would be a chance for a one-game suspension, but honestly it’s not that big of a deal.  I think the main reason the league didn’t want to act is because it was hilarious.  Fans of both teams enjoyed it, as did I.  Family friendly entertainment is what it’s all about after all.
  • Former Lancaster Barnstormers starter and current Los Angeles Angels hurler Jerome Williams is on the road back to the big leagues.  After starting last season in Lancaster and ending it in Anaheim, Williams was placed on the DL June 20 of this year with a “chest” injury.  He’s made two rehab starts for High-A Inland Empire in the California League, and will now head to Triple-A Salt Lake to finish his rehab.  He made 12 starts for the Angels this season before landing on the Disabled List.
  • With the Atlantic League All-Star Game July 11 at Campbell’s Field in Camden, the all-star rosters will be unveiled sometime this week.  We’ll post the official release from the Revolution here on the blog as soon as the selections are revealed, so watch out for that.  I’ll attempt to predict which Revs position players will be selected in no particular order:  Castro, Haveman, Perez and even player-coach Liu Rodriguez.  Looking at his average, how do you keep him off?  Pitching is more of a crap shoot, but I can mostly guarantee that Corey Thurman (7-1) will be making his third appearance at the All-Star Game in the last four seasons.
  • Andy Etchebarren will manage the Freedom Division All-Stars for the second consecutive year, as the division-winning manager is always offered the opportunity to manage his division in the next year’s all-star game.  It doesn’t always happen that way, but the last two years it has.  Etch managed against Willie Upshaw of Bridgeport a season ago, and this year Long Island’s Kevin Baez will skipper the Liberty Division squad.  With Etch now back in the York dugout full-time as he recovers from back surgery, there may have been a question of whether he’d make the trip to Camden or take the time off.  But he’ll be there.

-Paul Braverman

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