Notebook: Etch’s Birthday Edition
Andy Etchebarren is now 70 years old. He’s in town after appearing at the Brooks Robinson Classic Golf Tournament in York on Monday, and is spending his birthday week at the ballpark with the Revolution. The 2011 Atlantic League Manager of the year brought the Revolution their first two ALPB Championships in 2010 and 2011, and his number 8 sits alongside Brooks Robinson and Jackie Robinson as retired in center field at Sovereign Bank Stadium. These miscellaneous musings are in his honor.
- Starting pitcher Nick Green is back on the Revolution active roster, even though his contract was selected by Yucatan of the Mexican League back on June 7. That deal has apparently fallen through, and Green never actually even departed for Mexico, and was stuck in York in limbo without a team (or a paycheck) for nearly two weeks. Because the roster was at the max-25, York was forced to make reliever Kris Regas inactive. Regas was not released, nor is he hurt, and could be placed back on the active roster soon. But a move needed to be made for Green, as without him Pedro Liriano was starting out of the bullpen. The search for another starter is over for now with Green’s…return? Although he never really left.
- The lone run scored in York’s 9-1 loss to Southern Maryland on June 18 was courtesy of outfielder James Shanks, marking his 200th run in a Revolution uniform.
- You may remember shortstop Andy Gonzalez’s sudden, mysterious, inconvenient and annoying departure from the Revolution in May. Well, he was actually picked up by the Phillies a couple weeks ago, but wasn’t showing up on a roster at first. He’s now at Double-A Reading however, hitting a whopping .133 in 10 games. So I guess that’s how it works; guys like Andres Perez dominate in this league for years and the phone never rings, and then the guy who quits suddenly without explanation gets picked up by the Phillies. Gonzalez’s lackluster batting average is probably of little consolation to the team he but in a bind. But bully for him.
- Winning five of six from the Revolution in June, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs are closing in on a first half Liberty Division Title and yet another playoff appearance. Despite the fact SOMD has yet to win an Atlantic League Championship, the first five and a half years of their franchise has been most impressive. If they close out the first half, it will be their third first half title (’09 & ’10) and their fifth consecutive playoff appearance. The lone exception was their inaugural 2008 season, when they finished with a winning record in both halves anyway. Right now the Blue Crabs are headed for their 10th winning half in the 11 they’ve played in franchise history, the lone losing half being last year’s first half. Southern Maryland bounced back from that quickly, winning the Liberty Division second half to keep their playoff streak intact. Despite piling up regular season wins, it has been a struggle in the postseason. The Crabs have played five playoff series, winning just once; a 3-2 classic in the 2009 divisional round against Long Island before dropping a 3-1 championship series to Somerset that October. The last three seasons, Southern Maryland has been bounced in the first round by Bridgeport and Long Island twice, running their playoff series losing streak to four. Making SOMD’s consistency all the more impressive is that they’ve done it under two Managers, Butch Hobson (’08-’10) before he moved to Lancaster, and now former player Patrick Osborn the last three seasons.
- Speaking of the Blue Crabs, it’s time to mention again that they’re hosting the All-Star Game for the first time on July 10 at Regency Furniture Stadium. Don’t forget to vote for the Revs here, there is no limit on how many times you can vote: http://www.somdbluecrabs.com/allstar-player-voting.cfm