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James Shanks is now Revolution all-time hits leader

Shanks, James 30

When he was re-signed to the Revolution roster on May 10, James Shanks only needed seven hits to tie Scott Grimes for the all-time franchise lead at 374.  On Tuesday night at home against Sugar Land, Shanks picked up hit number eight and 375 in grand style.

Trailing the Skeeters 6-3 with runners at the corners and two out in the bottom of the eighth, Shanks crushed a double off six-season Major League vet Gary Majewski to the right field gap, plating both runners to cut the lead to 6-5 in a game York was trailing 6-0.  Unfortunately they couldn’t complete the comeback and lost by the same score, but that didn’t hurt a great moment when Shanks took hold of the record.  It was Shanks’ second hit of the game, as he tied the record on a second inning single, receiving a nice ovation from the crowd on both occasions.  He is also now the franchise leader in multi-hit games.

As of May 21, Shanks is also second on the Revolution all-time RBI list with 195.  He trails only Ramon Castro at 214.  That record could be in reach some time soon as well.

Shanks, 34, was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1998, and is in his 15th professional season. He ascended to Triple-A with both the Royals and Marlins organizations.

-Paul Braverman


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