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Remembering 2012: Most memorable “War of The Roses” victories

It may be the slowest time of  year for Revolution news, but we still have plenty to post here in case you missed anything during the season.  As we did last year, we’ll be posting a different column at the beginning of each week from the past season of the York Revolutionary Times in case you missed an issue at the ballpark.

Darrell Henry’s Top 10 War of the Roses Victories
The Revolution broadcaster looks back at his favorite moments from the first 99 meetings in this rivalry

The first meeting between the York Revolution and Lancaster Barnstormers this past June marked the 100th regular season meeting in the new “War of The Roses” series.  So with that in mind, we wanted to take a look back and revisit some of our greatest moments in the history of Revolution vs. Barnstormers.

It’s a rivalry that has already included an epic postseason series, down-to-the-wire battles for Community Cup rights, record-setting offensive performances, great pitching duels and a little bit of everything else.

There were some tough decisions here.  And decisions aren’t my strength.  Which Revs shirt to wear?  What to eat?  This wasn’t easy; I tried to use some reasoning to come to my conclusions.  Each postseason win has its own spot in the top 10, those are the most sacred.  Here is my top 10 Revolution wins in “War of The Roses” series history. 


Scott Rice signs with Mets

Adam Rubin of is reporting that former Revolution left-handed reliever Scott Rice has signed with the New York Mets.  It’s a minor league contract, that includes an invitation to Major League spring training.  It’s the same situation Rice was in last year with the Dodgers, after they purchased his Atlantic League contract from the Revolution midway through the 2011 season and kept him for 2012.

Despite a stellar spring from Rice last year, he was the final cut from the Major League roster as the regular season began, and reported to Triple-A Albuquerque.  Josh Lindblom, who beat Rice out for the final lefty spot in the Dodgers bullpen, wound up with the Phillies by the end of the season, one of the main players in the deal that sent Shane Victorino to L.A.

Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly even acknowledged he was likely to see Rice again in the Majors later that season, but despite a solid showing at Albuquerque did not receive the call to play for his “hometown” team.  (Rice is from Simi Valley, CA.)  Rice did get the chance to pitch at Dodger Stadium, albeit in the annual exhibition series between the Dodgers and Angels to wrap-up spring training.

It’s ironic that Rice’s latest stop is with the Mets; it was the Mets’ team doctors in 2008 who were able to properly diagnose the elbow injury that derailed the once certain Major Leaguer’s career, after he was a first round pick of the Orioles way back in 1999 out of high school.    Although Rice was pitching for the Long Island Ducks and not in the Mets organization, their doctors were able to diagnose the torn flexor muscle in his left elbow, when the Texas Rangers, the organization he was previously with, wasn’t able to do so.  For a comparison of how damaging the injury was, Rice was attempting to pitch through the same injury which required Stephen Strasburg to have Tommy John Surgery and miss the entire 2011 season.  You can read about this whole saga in a column by our Ron Gardner from 2011.

After rehabbing from his own Tommy John Surgery, and pitching through struggles as he regained his form, things seemed to be coming together for Rice in 2011, with a lights out season between York and Double-A Chattanooga in the Dodgers system.  While it was discouraging to not see him reach the bigs with the Dodgers, perhaps this latest move to Mets is fate and a good omen for Rice, as in a sense it was they who indirectly got his career back on track.  Due to being drafted at the tender age of 17, Rice is only 31, and still waiting to make his Major League debut after a few close calls.

-Paul Braverman

Remembering 2012: Barracks to Baseball, Thurm’s life on the road

It may be the slowest time of  year for Revolution news, but we still have plenty to post here in case you missed anything during the season.  As we did last year, we’ll be posting a different column at the beginning of each week from the past season of the York Revolutionary Times in case you missed an issue at the ballpark. 

Sir Yes Sir:  Thurman knows the military and baseball lifestyles
For Corey Thurman, a Salute to Veterans is a salute to family

By Carrie Wood

With the York Revolution’s annual Salute to Veterans night on May 25, few people have been as impacted by the event as Corey Thurman and his family. Thurman, whose father was a Captain in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, grew up living a lifestyle that prepared him for the game of baseball, and said that the Revs efforts to recognize the military are something he looks forward to during the season.


The Marlins just played “Moneyball.” So why are people so upset?

Editors note:  We haven’t strayed off the beaten path of Revolution baseball here lately, but we’re all baseball fans, and this time of year, the stove is piping hot, so to speak.  The Marlins-Blue Jays trade is the hot topic this week, so feel free to digest what’s below, and if you have an opinion or thought, please put it the comments.     

Paul Braverman

When news broke Tuesday evening that the Miami Marlins had traded Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and others to the Toronto Blue Jays, my predominately baseball-themed feed on Twitter was a mixture of (figurative) head shaking and outrage.  Any time something remotely controversial happens in baseball, the familiar accusations of “bad for baseball” and “no one cares about the fans” start to fly, and reaction to this news was no different.  Some even laughably compared this fire sale to the one the Marlins had after the 1997 season, key difference being that club won the World Series, and this one lost 93 games, and was 24 games worse than the upstart Baltimore Orioles.


Shawn Hill signs with Detroit Tigers

Shawn Hill’s whirlwind 2012 continues.

After beginning his season with the Revolution, the native Canadian Hill was picked up by his home-Provence team, the Toronto Blue Jays and assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas.  It marked the second tour of duty for Hill with that organization, as he had last pitched in the bigs for Toronto in 2010.  Then, in September of this past season, he became the second Revolution player in franchise history to start a season in York, and end it in the Major Leagues.  He also became the very first Revolution alum to earn a winning decision in an MLB game, against Andy Pettitte and the Yankees no less.

Following the season, Hill was dropped from the Blue Jays 40-man roster – which was not necessarily a comment on Hill’s ability.  Each team only has 40 Major League-salaried spots, and there are a lot of talented players out there.  When this happens, the player may either accept an assignment to the minor leagues, or elect free agency if they believe their path to the big leagues would be better with another organization.

Hill has made the decision to sign a minor league contract with Detroit, reports James Schmehl from  That deal will almost certainly include an invite to Major League spring training due to his experience and previous big league success.  The most likely scenario will see Hill begin the season in Triple-A with the Toledo Mud Hens of the International League should the Tigers keep him.  From the sound of Schmehl’s article, that appears very likely, as it looks like Detroit does have plans for Hill to add organizational depth as a Major League-ready starter in Toledo, ready for call-up at a moment’s notice.  But it also sounds like Hill may have somewhat of a window to reach the big leagues sooner.  The most interesting part of the article:

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said in early November that the Tigers would likely seek out a starting pitcher to compete for the fifth spot if they don’t re-sign free-agent right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

This doesn’t mean Hill is that guy, and it doesn’t mean the Tigers have closed the door on re-signing Anibal Sanchez.  Just something to keep an eye on.  Obviously the Revolution fans here in York hope to see Hill playing for the defending American League Champions sooner than later.  On an editorial note, I worked for the Mud Hens before I came to York, and it too is a GREAT place to play.

After having his career derailed by injury for a time, Shawn Hill has surged back with gusto.  Should this keep up he is well on his way to becoming the most decorated York Revolution alum thus far.

-Paul Braverman

Remembering 2012: Former White Rose Dick Bosman reflects on time in York

It may be the slowest time of the year for Revolution news, but we still have plenty to post here in case you missed it during the season.  As we did last year, we’ll be posting a different column at the beginning of each week from the past season of the York Revolutionary Times in case you missed an issue at the ballpark. 

Times Change…White Roses to Devil Rays
A 50-year veteran of the game, Dick Bosman has seen Minor League Baseball transform and still has fond memories of his time in York.

By Carrie Wood

The impact the White Roses had on York is obvious just by looking around Sovereign Bank Stadium. From the jersey that the Brooks Robinson statue on the plaza sports to a multitude of team photos on display on the suite level, it’s clear that the former Piedmont, Tri-State, Keystone, New York-Penn & Eastern League team is still fondly remembered.


Winter Ball Update, Election Day Edition

An electric atmosphere at sold out Estadio Antonio Herrera Gutierrez in Lara, Venezuela where they’re packed in to watch Ryan Feierabend, Joe Thurston, Johan Limonta, and the rest of the Cardenales!

I was going to title this post “Winter Ball Update, November 6 Edition”, but how often do we get to call it Election Day Edition?

Anyway, what do we do when baseball season ends in the United States?  Wait for April.

What do the players do?  Play winter ball.

We’re already approaching the one-month mark for three of the four Caribbean Winter League seasons, so this is as good of a time as any to check in on how our guys are doing where the weather is warm.