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James Shanks returns to Revolution

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With the crop of Revolution position players a little banged up, a familiar face is back in the fold.

York added James Shanks to the active roster before Saturday’s game at Lancaster.  Shanks, who ended last season with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs after an emotional late-season release from the Revolution had not been playing yet this season, but had not yet retired either.

Shanks also spent his first two Atlantic League seasons in Southern Maryland where Andy Etchebarren was the bench coach in 2008 and 2009, before following Etch to York for the 2010 season.  In ’10, ’11 and most of ’12 he became one of the most accomplished batters in franchise history.  Currently, Shanks is York’s all-time leader in bunt hits (31) and tied for the lead in multi-hit games (102).  He’s second in hits (367, only seven behind all-time leader Scott Grimes), fourth in home runs (40), tied for second in RBI (188, with Jason Aspito), third in extra-base hits (116), tied for fourth in doubles (65, with Jason Aspito), second in triples (11), second in total bases (574), third in stolen bases (31), fourth in runs (189), third in games (309), and 3rd in at-bats (1,211).

Shanks, 34, of course was also a member of both Revolution championship teams, in 2010 and 2011.  His addition pushes the roster to the max of 27 players…for now.

-Paul Braverman

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