Chris Nowak is Revolution all-time home run leader…for now
The two most important Revolution home run records now belong to Chris Nowak. In Tuesday’s home game against Bridgeport, Nowak smacked two home runs, his team leading 17th and 18th of the season. That makes 43 in a York uniform, surpassing Jason Aspito’s previous all-time franchise lead of 42 (’07-’09). Nowak also surpassed teammate Scott Grimes with the blasts, who has 42 himself after tying Aspito with a home run against Lancaster on Friday at the beginning of this homestand.
So, Nowak is the Revolution Home Run King for the time being, but a nice little race should develop between he and Grimes the rest of this season – and possibly beyond – to see who holds that title when the dust finally settles. (We’ll keep you updated here on the blog.) Last season, it was Nowak who hit 25 home runs in just 84 games after joining the club in June. That clipped Aspito’s single-season record of 24 dingers in 2008.
It’s been a week filled with Atlantic League milestones. In Somerset, the Patriots picked up their 1,000th all-time win, which was also Sparky Lyle’s 1,000th career win as the only manger Somerset has known in their 15 years as an Atlantic League charter member. A fellow charter member, Bridgeport, was the first club in league history to notch 1,000 wins, by beating the Revs at Harbor Yard in June. Longtime Patriot Jeff Nettles also picked up his 1,000th career Atlantic League hit. Nettles is the Atlantic League all-time hit leader, and is the first to reach the 1,000 hit milestone. Former Rev Bryant Nelson (’11), now playing for Long Island, recently notched his 2,000th career minor league hit – all leagues combined. Nelson also picked up nine Major League hits during a 25-game cup of coffee with the Red Sox in 2002.
Anyway…so Chris Nowak or Scott Grimes…who do you have being on top by season’s end?