The 2013 Revolution schedule has been finalized. Here is a link to the club’s official release: http://yorkrevolution.com/schedule/2013-schedule-released.html
- It’s the third time in four seasons York will open the season at home, the exception being the first ever game at Sugar Land last season.
- The season schedule was moved up a week from last season. Usually, the last weekend in April was opening weekend. Now, it’s the second to last weekend.
- It’s the first time the Revolution have hosted Bridgeport for a home opener.
- 2013 will be the first time Southern Maryland hosts the All-Star Game.
- York will play its final six games of the regular season in Sugar Land, just as they did last year.
- York’s first trip to Sugar Land will not be until June 24-27
- The number of home games breakdown like this: 7 in April, 17 in May, 12 in June, 16 in July, 13 in August and 5 in September.
Nowak, Perez named to ALPB First Team, five Revs on Second Team, Eric Menzer named co-General Manager of the Year
The Atlantic League Postseason All-Star Team has been released, along with the individual awards for 2012. As expected, the first and second teams are rife with Revolution players. However, Lancaster outfielder Blake Gailen edged Chris Nowak for Atlantic League Player of the Year honors, as he did for Baseball America Player of the Year. Interestingly enough, Nowak, who played first and third this season was the first baseman on the Baseball America All-Star Team, but is the third baseman on the Atlantic League team. Lancaster swept the awards, as Dwayne Pollok was named Pitcher of The Year and Butch Hobson is Manager of the Year. So congratulations to them. Here are all the awards, then the official press release from the Revolution about their awards after the jump.
2012 ATLANTIC LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAM
C – Emerson Frostad, Lancaster
1B – Brian Burgamy, Camden
2B – Andres Perez, York
3B – Chris Nowak, York
SS – Dan Lyons, Long Island
OF – Blake Gailen, Lancaster
OF – Fehlandt Lentini, Lancaster
OF – Prentice Redman, Bridgeport
OF – Adam Godwin, Lancaster
DH – Ryan Harvey, Lancaster
RHS – Dwayne Pollok, Lancaster
LHS – Paul Oseguera, Bridgeport
RP – Rommie Lewis, Bridgeport
CL – Tim Hamulak, Lancaster
C – Raul Padron, Camden
1B – Brandon Sing, Long Island
2B – Casey Benjamin, Southern Maryland
3B – Ofilio Castro, Sugar Land
SS – Ed Rogers, Bridgeport
OF – Bubba Bell, Sugar Land
OF – Michael Hernandez, York
OF – Brandon Haveman, York
OF – Jeremy Owens, Southern Maryland
DH – Brian Barton, Southern Maryland
RHS – Corey Thurman, York
LHS – John Halama, Lancaster / Ryan Feierabend, York (tie)
RP – Ricardo Gomez, York
CL – Gary Majewski, Sugar Land
Manager of The Year – Butch Hobson, Lancaster
Player of The Year – Blake Gailen, Lancaster
Pitcher of The Year – Dwayne Pollok, Lancaster
General Manager of The Year – Matt O’Brien, Sugar Land / Eric Menzer, York (tie)
Ballpark of the Year – Constellation Field, Sugar Land
Baseball America has released its composite All-Star Team selections from the Atlantic League, American Association, Can-Am Association, Frontier League and North American Baseball League. Of all the free agent leagues, the York Revolution boasts two selections to the team for a second straight season. For Chris Nowak, he’s earned the honor again in 2012, after first being selected as a Baseball America All-Star last season.
Nowak is the team’s first baseman, after being chosen as its designated hitter a year ago. He is joined by Revolution second baseman Andres Perez. This season Nowak surpassed his own Revolution single-season home run record of 25 in 2011 by nine round-trippers, clubbing 34. His 107 RBI in 2012 were also a new franchise best, over Jason Aspito’s 105 in 2008. Nowak’s 59 home runs in a Revolution uniform gives him the all-time franchise lead by 17. Second baseman Andres Perez led York in hitting with a .314 average, while smacking 23 homers and driving in 86 runs. His 23 long balls were the fourth-most by a Rev in a single season.
The two York representatives joined a trio of Lancaster Barnstormers as five Atlantic Leaguers total made the team. Outfielders Blake Gailen and Ryan Harvey, and starting pitcher Dwayne Pollok were all selected to the team, listed in its entirety below. Of the All-Stars, Gailen was named Player of the Year.
C – Chris McMurry, Grand Prairie AirHogs/Lincoln Saltdogs (American Association)
1B – Chris Nowak, York Revolution (Atlantic League)
2B – Andres Perez, York Revolution (Atlantic League)
3B – Nick Giarraputo, New Jersey Jackals (Can-Am Association)
SS – Angel Berroa, New Jersey Jackals (Can-Am Association)
OF – Nic Jackson, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (American Association)
OF – Blake Gailen, Lancaster Barnstormers (Atlantic League) Baseball America Player of the Year
OF – Ryan Harvey, Lancaster Barnstormers (Atlantic League)
DH – Joe Weik, Edinburg Roadrunners/Abilene Praire Dogs (North American Baseball League)
SP – Josh Lowey, Wichita Wingnuts (American Association)
SP – Mike Recchia, Windy City Thunderbolts (Frontier League)
SP – Jeff Duda, Quebec Capitales (Can-Am Association)
SP – Dwayne Pollok, Lancaster Barnstormers (Atlantic League)
RP – Jonathan Kountis, Lake Erie Crushers (Frontier League)
First an update: We’re still waiting on the release of the Atlantic League postseason awards and all-star teams. We’ll have it for you as soon as it’s out. Also, the 2013 schedule should be made official in a matter of days. We’ll have that covered for you here as well as soon as it’s out.
In the meantime however, York Daily Record Revolution beat reporter Jim Seip penned two significant articles this week, about what could be potential bombshell expansion for the Atlantic League. We wanted to relay them here below and after the jump in case you missed them. While an Atlantic “Minor” League has been rumored in the past, it appears plans for it are moving forward, with perhaps potential to establish teams in the Caribbean as part of a feeder system, or the ALPB itself.
Yes, when we began the blog a year ago, we were well aware that whether the Revolution won another championship this season or not, the name would be technically out of date. But now that the Atlantic League championship trophy won’t reside at Sovereign Bank Stadium for the first time since October of 2010, we might as well reminisce about the ’10 and ’11 seasons. Oh, and on that note, congratulations to the Long Island Ducks for capturing their second league title, and first since 2004. While acts of schadenfreude are generally prohibited in these parts, we’re guessing there were a few Revolution fans out there rooting for the Ducks. A devastating finish to the season it was for Lancaster after being up in the series 2-1 , but congratulations to them as well for setting a new league regular season wins record with 88. Sometimes it’s hard to deal with the fact that after 140 games a short five-game series can decide your season – after two championships we were reminded of that again this year in York. After playing our best ball down the stretch, we got steamrolled by the Barnstormers. Welp, here’s what’s coming up next on BlogToBlogChamps, and a few notes:
- The Atlantic League postseason All-Star Teams, Pitcher of the Year Award and Player of the Year will be out soon. Chris Nowak has a chance to take home Player of the Year honors. He and Andres Perez are shoo-ins for All-Star recognition. We’ll have the teams and awards listed here once they’re out.
- We’ll start posting columns from the 2012 York Revolutionary Times here weekly from Ron Gardner, Paul Braverman and Carrie Wood, in case you missed any issues at the ballpark during the season.
- Several Revolution and Atlantic League players will be playing winter ball, as is the case every year. As we did last year, Darrell Henry will have all the updates for you on how familiar faces are faring in four different leagues – Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
- Two former Atlantic League players are on MLB Postseason rosters. Long Island Ducks alum Lew Ford had a base hit for the Orioles in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees, and of course former Camden Riversharks infielder Stephen Drew has been the A’s everyday shortstop.
- The Long Island Ducks second Atlantic League Championship created a log-jam for the second-most titles in league history behind Somerset. The Revolution will try to close the gap with their New Jersey rivals next season, as the league enters its 16th (!) year.
ATLANTIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Somerset Patriots, 5: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009
Long Island Ducks, 2: 2004, 2012
York Revolution, 2: 2010, 2011
Newark Bears, 2: 2002, 2007
Lancaster Barnstormers, 1: 2006
Nashua Pride, 1: 2000
Bridgeport Bluefish, 1: 1999
Atlantic City Surf, 1: 1998
One of the more notable players in the Atlantic League from 2009 through 2011 was Bridgeport outfielder Adam Greenberg. He’s become relatively famous (infamous) for having his only Major League plate appearance to date end in a beaning to the head in 2005 in Miami. Greenberg was with the Cubs, facing Valerio De Los Santos of the Marlins. While the ball that got away from De Los Santos was certainly an accident, it left Greenberg with multiple symptoms and derailed a career that appeared to be destined for the big leagues. After returning from injury, Greenberg was resigned to the minors despite getting some looks from the Dodgers, Royals, Angels and the Cubs again. Check out this video on the incident:
As Greenberg became a fixture for Bridgeport at the top of the order, playing close to home in his home state of Connecticut, it appeared his story had come to an end. A fitting end though, as Valerio De Los Santos would up playing for the Long Island Ducks to start the 2011 season – and Greenberg got a hit off him on Long Island on Opening Day. After, Greenberg remarked that because of the circumstance, getting to bat against De Los Santos, that maybe that was his redemption for his one MLB at-bat gone awry.
Well, that is certainly no longer the case, as ironically, the Marlins have offered Greenberg the chance for at least one at bat on Tuesday, October 2 when the Mets visit Miami. Greenberg will likely face NL Cy Young Candidate R.A. Dickey who will start for New York. The movement for Greenberg to get one more shot in the Majors started with a filmmaker petitioning for the Cubs to give Greenberg his second chance, which would’ve made it a great story. But the fact the Marlins stepped up perhaps makes the story even better with an ironic twist. Check out the two videos below for more.
Congratulations to Adam, as another Atlantic League alum and a good guy makes it back to the big leagues.