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Chris Nowak signs with Arizona Diamondbacks

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After each majestic, soaring home run Chris Nowak hit at Sovereign Bank Stadium the last two seasons, the familiar refrain of “what is this guy still doing here” would murmur throughout the ballpark.  Finally, the Arizona Diamondbacks have discovered what most Revolution fans have known for a while:  Chris Nowak can hit, and hit it far.

The Revolution all-time home run king has inked a deal to go to spring training with the D-Backs. It’s once again the classic Catch-22 for Yorkers; while we’d love him back in a Revs uniform, Nowak now has another chance to break through and make his Major League debut.

Nowak finished the 2012 season with 34 homers, destroying his own previous franchise record of 25 in 2011, which eclipsed Jason Aspito’s 24 in 2008.  It was the first 30-home run season in the Atlantic League since Jesse Hoorelbeke hit 33 for Bridgeport in 2007.  Nowak’s career Revolution total of 59 home runs gives him a 17-homer lead over Aspito for the all-time franchise lead. Nowak also knocked in 107 runs in 2012, which surpassed Aspito’s previous franchise best of 105 in 2008. Nowak’s homer and RBI total were the most for each category in the league since 2005.

Despite those gaudy numbers, Nowak was NOT chosen as the Atlantic League’s Player of The Year. But that is a debate for another day.  Today is a day to congratulate him.

(To be fair, plenty of people around baseball have taken notice of the damage Nowak has done with the Revolution.  In December, FanGraphs.com named Nowak the best hitter not with an MLB organization.)

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Remembering 2012: Profile of Kris Regas

In this week’s edition, we celebrate reliever Kris Regas re-signing with the Revolution by sharing this column about him that ran in edition number 8 of the York Revolutionary Times in case you missed it at the ballpark last season. 

A Learning Experience
Middle reliever or professor?  For Kris Regas, there have always been more similarities than differences

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By Paul Braverman

“To be honest, math was never that thing that just always clicked for me, it was somewhat of a struggle.”

Don’t let that quote by Revolution bullpen lefty Kris Regas fool you – he is a good college math teacher.  At least that’s what his students said when Darrell Henry stalked him on RateMyProfessors.com when putting together his bio for the 2012 media guide.

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Three Familiar Faces Return to York in 2013

This is one sweet swing from Kris Regas, but rest assured Revs fans, he'll be taking his talents to the mound again this season. Photo credit: Joe Doll

This is one sweet swing from Kris Regas, but rest assured Revs fans, he’ll be taking his talents to the mound again this season. Photo credit: Joe Doll

Kris Regas, Yunior Novoa, and Salvador Paniagua will all be returning to the Revs for the 2013 season.  The full press release ahead: (more…)


Officially under construction: The Revs’ 2013 roster

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The first player signings of the Mark Mason era were made official today, with the club bringing back dependable lefty starter Chris Cody for his third season, while signing former top prospect Andy Marte (pictured), who is looking to rejuvenate his career in the Revs infield. The full press release after the jump. (more…)


Title Time in the Caribbean

Chris Nowak's homefield, Estadio Jose Bernardo Perez in Valencia, Venezuela, home of tonight's Championship Series opener against Joe Thurston, Johan Limonta, and Cardenales de Lara.

Chris Nowak’s homefield, Estadio Jose Bernardo Perez in Valencia, Venezuela, home of tonight’s Championship Series opener against Joe Thurston, Johan Limonta, and Cardenales de Lara.

It’s down to the wire in this year’s Winter League season, with Championship Series matchups underway in each league. The winners from each of the four countries will then advance to the Caribbean Series, which will be held in Hermosillo, Mexico from February 1-7. The Venezuelan Championship has a definite York Revolution flavor to it, as Joe Thurston’s Cardenales de Lara take on Chris Nowak and the Navegantes del Magallanes. Both advanced after going 10-6 in the round robin playoffs. Game 1 is tonight, first pitch at 7:30 p.m. from Estadio Jose Bernardo Perez in Valencia, home of Nowak’s Navigators. (more…)


Revolution individual tickets to go on sale February 9: Meet Mark Mason and John Halama that day from 10 a.m. to Noon

movie-tickets-admit-one copyThe Revolution has announced individual game tickets for the 2013 season will go on sale in-person and online Saturday, February 9 at 10 a.m.  The Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office at Sovereign Bank Stadium will be open that day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and if you would like to meet Manager Mark Mason or Pitching Coach John Halama, stop by between 10 and Noon.  They’ll both be there signing autographs and chatting up fans during that time.

The full, official press release from the Revolution with all the details around the special ticket sales event is posted below and after the jump:

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Revolution open tryout set for Friday, April 5

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While we can’t guarantee coming to the York Revolution open tryout will result in you making the Major Leagues followed by a movie made about it featuring Dennis Quaid, we can guarantee it will be fun.

This spring, the open tryout will be held in the evening under the lights for the first time.  And yes, the Revolution have had players participate in regular season games after attending the tryout, and others who were with the club in pre-season camp.

CLICK HERE for the link and to download the registration form, and here are all the details from the Revolution’s official website:

The York Revolution will be holding its annual open tryout on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 5:45 p.m.  (Rain date is Saturday, April 6.  Registration will begin at 4:30.  The cost to attend the tryout is $40, a fee which is non-refundable.  Checks are made payable to the York Revolution.  Players must be at least 18 years of age to tryout. 

The tryout will take place on the field at Sovereign Bank Stadium in Downtown York, located at 5 Brooks Robinson Way.  Players must provide their own equipment for the tryout, other than batting helmets, which will be provided by the Revolution.

To register, please download the tryout form below and mail back with payment.  Players are encouraged to register in advance, but day-of registration will be allowed if spots remain.

The open tryout has yielded results for the Revolution in the past; spot starter Shawn Hedrick pitched for the Revs in 2009 and 2010, pitcher Brian Holliday and outfielder Colin Roberson were also each offered contracts for the 2009 season after participating in the open tryout, as was catcher Salomon Manriquez in 2010.

Any questions regarding the open tryout can be directed to Baseball Operations Manager Andrew Ball, at aball@yorkrevolution.com.


Remembering 2012: Profile of Stephen Penney

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.

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By Carrie Wood

At six-foot-seven, Stephen Penney is one of the more imposing figures on the mound for the Revolution. But don’t let that fool you – he’s more than just the tall guy with the mustache.

As a first-year Rev, Penney has established himself as a prominent figure in the York bullpen, and as a clear fan favorite as well, evidenced by the fan-made nametag on his usual seat down the first base line. The red head from southern California spent time in the Seattle Mariners system, getting as high as Double-A before finding himself in the Atlantic League. But before that, he was winning the 2007 Big West Baseball Championship with the University of California-Riverside, on a team that produced multiple big-league caliber players. Dan Runzler, Marc Rzepczynski and Joe Kelly are all in the Majors and all contributed to that 2007 team’s success. Following that season, Penney was drafted for the first time by the Seattle Mariners in the 20th round, but chose not to sign.

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Ryan Feierabend signs with Texas Rangers

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The Revolution single-season ERA record holder is on the move again.

While the Revs are still roughly a week or two away from announcing any official player signings for the 2013 campaign, we can share that it was anticipated lefty Ryan Feierabend would return to the York rotation for at least the start of the season.  That is no longer the case, as Feierabend will head to spring training with the Texas Rangers.

Last season, Feierabend began the season with the Revolution before having his contract purchased by the Cincinnati Reds and assigned to Triple-A Louisville on June 5.  He returned to York on July 26 after making seven starts for Louisville.  All told with the Revs, Feierabend made 18 starts, going 9-5 with a 2.70 ERA in 113 innings to set a new Revolution single-season ERA mark for a starter in the hitter-friendly Atlantic League.

The Cleveland, OH native has 25 Major League appearances under his belt with 19 starts, all with the Seattle Mariners between 2006 and 2008.

-Paul Braverman


Save your lectures, baseball writers

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Paul Braverman

You are looking at the cover of Sports Illustrated for the June 23, 1969 issue.  Yeah.  This cover does two things; 1. It proves the cat was out of the bag about athletes using performance enhancing drugs well before the 1990s when Barry Bonds apparently invented steroids.  2. It puts a sock in the mouth of every holier than thou baseball writer who has lectured us about how the 90s and first part of the 2000s were lost decades due to players upholding a tradition of PED use that at least began in 1968.

Kudos to Ty Duffy at The Big Lead for bringing this to my attention.  For the proper context on what is below, please read his post from that link, which includes an excerpt from an article from that 1969 edition of SI where players from the Cardinals and Tigers both readily admit to taking a cocktail of drugs – not talking about Advil here – in order to play or play better.  This includes Hall of Famer Bob Gibson.  Here’s my favorite part of Duffy’s take:

Gibson and others were men of virtue and esteem, though. Sure, they would inhale painkillers and amphetamines with reckless disregard, but if you told them they could rub in a cream, ingest a pill or receive an injection that would (a) keep them healthier (b) enhance their performance (c) earn them tens of millions of dollars and (d) not be tested for in any fashion by MLB, they totally would have turned it down.

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Remembering 2012: Q&A with Ricardo Gomez

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.

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A Conversation with Ricardo Gomez

Right-hander Ricardo Gomez has been a force out of the Revolution bullpen over the last two seasons.  His success is all the more impressive, taking into account his world travels and the adjustments that come with, and his extremely humble beginnings in his native Dominican Republic.  Below are excerpts from an interview he did with Revolution radio broadcaster Darrell Henry for a pre-game show on Sports Radio 1350 WOYK, radio home of the Revs.

(Editor’s note):  English is Gomez’s second language, and he speaks it well considering he is self taught and knows the language exclusively from picking it up during his time playing in the United States.  This is not a direct transcription of the interview; it has been slightly edited for reading purposes.  The Revolutionary Times thanks Gomez for his patience and time in giving the interview.

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Keoni DeRenne to manage Pirates affiliate in Dominican Republic

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Alumni news to pass along….

Independent baseball aficionado Bob Wirz is reporting that former Revs infielder Keoni DeRenne (’07-’09) has been promoted within the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.  Last season he worked at the Pirates complex in Bradenton, FL in extended spring training, and then with Pittsburgh’s Rookie Ball affiliate in the Gulf Coast League.  This season, he’ll gain his first managing experience with one of the Pirates’ two teams in the Dominican Summer League, which is very similar to Rookie Ball but for players from the Caribbean.

The Pirates have also announced another former Atlantic Leaguer, outfielder Michael Ryan, will manage their Class A South Atlantic League affiliate in Charleston, WV, the West Virginia Power. Ryan shuttled back and forth between the Minnesota Twins and Triple-A each year between 2002 and 2005, and played 65 games for the Somerset Patriots in 2008.  He ended his career in the Majors in 2010 with the Angels, playing in 22 games.  In five MLB seasons, he appeared in 149 games total.

A season ago, former Revs third baseman Vince Harrison (’11) was a coach with the West Virginia Power, but is reportedly no longer with the Pirates organization.  His brother Josh Harrison will be Pittsburgh’s every day third baseman this season, as he was last year.

-Paul Braverman


Michael Hernandez picked up by Detroit Tigers

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Reported by our own Darrell Henry…

For the second time in his career Revolution outfielder Michael Hernandez has joined the Detroit Tigers organization.  Last season he hit .303 with 13 homers and 55 RBI for York in 105 games.  His first two professional season were spent in the Detroit organization at West Michigan (A) of the Midwest League, Lakeland (A Advanced) of the Florida State League and Erie (AA) of the Eastern League.

The Brooklyn native Hernandez was also in the Mets system in 2008 before coming to the Atlantic League, where he’s played for Newark (’09), Somerset (’10-’11) and York (’12).  It is unclear where Hernandez would play if he sticks with the Tigers out of spring training.  The three affiliates he’s played for in that minor league system are all still located where they were in ’06 and ’07.

In 2011 as a member of the Somerset Patriots, Hernandez captured Atlantic League All-Star Game MVP honors when the game was in York at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

-Paul Braverman


Remembering 2012: Profile of Andres Perez

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.

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Perez Getting Defensive In Order to Become a Complete Player

By Ron Gardner

Hitting a baseball with authority has rarely been a problem for Revs second baseman Andres Perez.

Not from his earliest days as a Little Leaguer growing up in New York City…or when he earned the NYC high school batting title by hitting .643 as a junior shortstop at Lehman High School in the Bronx.  Or as a senior a year later in the NYC high school championship game when he blasted a home run that landed in the second deck at Shea Stadium, the home of the big-league New York Mets.

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John Halama, Mark Mason to appear at York Sports Night

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The 49th annual York Area Sports Night event is coming up the evening of Thursday, February 7, and the re-vamped Revolution coaching staff will be on hand to talk with fans about the upcoming season and sign autographs.  The event will again be at the Heritage Hills Golf and Conference center as it was last year.

There’s a definite baseball flavor to this year’s event, as the headlining celebrities include Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins and former Orioles World Series Champion Paul Blair.  Jenkins won the 1981 NL Cy Young, and Blair collected eight Gold Gloves as an outfielder.  That’s a lot of hardware for Blair…it must have gotten overshadowed by Brooks Robinson winning the award every year at third base.

Newly named Revolution Manager Mark Mason will also be on hand, along with his replacement as Revs pitching coach, long time MLB and Atlantic League veteran John Halama.  Tickets to the public autograph session from 7 to 8 p.m. are just $25 dollars, which allows you to have one item signed by each celebrity.  There is also a reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m. prior to the autograph session, where fans may meet the celebrities more at-length.  Those tickets are $75 when purchased in advance, and are $100 at the door.

While tickets to the autograph session may be purchased at the door, fans are encouraged to buy them ahead of time.  Tickets may be purchased at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office at Sovereign Bank Stadium, cash or check only.

For all the details on this year’s York Area Sports Night event, visit their website; www.yorksportsnight.com.


Remembering 2012: Profile of Chris Cody

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.

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By Carrie Wood

Of all the players that returned to the Revolution in 2012, Chris Cody’s time away from York was a little bit longer. The New York native spent much of the second half of 2011 in Mississippi, playing for the Atlanta Braves Double-A team. It’s clear, however, that Cody’s presence around Sovereign Bank Stadium was missed.

In 2011, Cody set a team record with seven wins in the first half and pitched to a 4.39 ERA during his time here. In the first half of this season, he’s maintained a 4.58 ERA while striking out 54 over in his first 13 games started.  His even-keeled mannerisms on the mound also help create a sense of stability on the field during his starts.

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