York Dispatch Revolution beat reporter John Walk had the news first on his Revolution Rumblings blog: Former York shortstop Chuck Jeroloman (’10) has left the coaching staff at Texas Christian University of the Big XII to take an assistant coaching job with Jacksonville University of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Jeroloman had spent the last two seasons coaching with the Horned Frogs, and remains in Division I coaching with the Dolphins in his native Florida.
As Walk points out in his conversation with Jeroloman, the move made sense on multiple levels:
- He and his wife Tara are both Florida natives
- His ultimate ambition of being a head coach in the SEC, furthermore his dream job at his Alma Mater (Auburn) will be helped by recruiting athletes and building relationships in the southeast
- He will have an expanded role in his new position compared to his duties at TCU
The best nugget from Walk’s piece was the note on next year’s schedule…Jacksonville opens the season with TCU.
Time for a quick update on some things…
- The above photo is from the Orioles game on June 10; as far as we were concerned it was “York Revolution Night” at Camden Yards. Pitching Coach John Halama, outfielder Jeff Fiorentino and former Manager Andy Etchebarren all took part in the Orioles Alumni Autograph Series before the game as former O’s players. On the right is Al Bumbry as well, who was a Revolution coach/goodwill ambassador during the inaugural 2007 season. The Orioles fought off the Angels and a two hour and 14 minute rain delay to win 4-3, thanks to a 2-run homer from Adam Jones. Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton each smacked solo homers, but Jim Johnson nailed down his 22nd save in the 9th to end it. Good times.
- We don’t talk college baseball around these parts much, but with two former fan favorites now assistants at Division I schools, we should pass along that former shortstop Chuck Jeroloman (’10) just finished his second season on TCU’s staff, and the Horned Frogs went 29-28 and 13-12 in conference in their first season in the Big XII, moving from the Mountain West Conference. Former centerfielder Scott Grimes (’10-’12) wrapped up his first season as an assistant at LaSalle University in Philadelphia with a 24-29 record, but the Explorers did go 15-9 in the Atlantic 10 after a tough non-conference slate. Most importantly, LaSalle defeated the hated University of Toledo 8-7 in their first game of the season.
- By now most fans have probably heard that former Revolution, now former Skeeters pitcher Michael Nix (’10-’11) was plucked off Sugar Land’s roster by the Chicago White Sox, and assigned to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights. The move made Nix part of a group of six former Revs currently either in the Majors or Triple-A. He’s now just a phone call away from potentially being the fifth former Rev to reach the big leagues. He departed the Atlantic League with a 5-1 record this season, leading the league in ERA at 1.81.
- The President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, Jeff Idelson, will be playing in the Revolution’s “Brooks Robinson Classic” Golf Tournament on Monday, June 17 at Springwood Golf Club in York. The Hall-of-Famer Brooks will be joined by Andy Etchebarren and the entire Revolution team and coaching staff at the event, so it should be a great time with plenty of celebrity punch if you’re attending.
For the second week in a row, a Rev has earned Atlantic League Player of The Week honors. Last week, it was starting pitcher Chris Cody. This week it’s OF/IF Eric Patterson, who had a week nothing short of monstrous.
For starters, Patterson tied Chris Nowak’s record from last season by homering in four conesecutive games, including a grand slam in an 11-2 win over Camden in the first half of a doubleheader on June 8. His stat line for the week in six games was .458 (11-24), with four home runs, two triples, a double, 12 RBI and nine runs scored. Once Brian Burgamy departed for the Mexican League on June 5, Patterson trailed him by four for the team lead in homers. He hit one that night at home in a win against Sugar Land, then left Camden on Sunday suddenly tied for the team lead with nine after homering in each end of a doubleheader sweep Saturday and in a loss on Sunday.
A veteran of 226 Major League games between 2007 and 2011 with the Cubs, A’s, Red Sox and Padres, Patterson is likely drawing plenty of interested from several MLB organizations. He spent last year playing for the Toledo Mud Hens, the Tigers Triple-A affiliate, and has 10 homers and 50 RBI on his big league resume.
The full press release from the Atlantic League is after the jump:
Despite the rainy northeast weather over the weekend, the Revolution got in all three games at Camden, and came back with two wins. All things considered, can’t ask for much more than that. Chris Cody and Eric Patterson each accomplished individual Revolution history in the series win.
After Friday’s rainout, the Revs and Sharks played two on Saturday, with Cody starting game two. He tossed his second straight complete game, allowing just four hits and a walk, striking out five in a 5-0 York win to sweep the doubleheader. This was on the heels of Cody’s last start, also a complete game victory when he scattered just six hits, allowing one run with zero walks and 11 strikeouts on June 2 at home vs. Long Island. It marked the first time in York Revolution history a pitcher earned two complete game wins in consecutive starts. This marks the first time Cody has tossed multiple complete games in a season, and he now has seven as a pro. His previous complete games were in 2008 (Brevard County, Milwaukee A+), 2009 (Nashville, Milwaukee AAA), 2010 (Huntsville, Milwaukee AA), 2011 (Mississippi, Braves AA) and one last season for the Revolution. So he has at least one complete game in each of the last five seasons, now in his eighth professional season. As of June 10, Cody is also tied for second in the Atlantic League in wins, at 6-2.
After homering in York’s 7-3 win at home over Sugar Land on Thursday, Eric Patterson provided most of the offense in the Revolution’s 11-2 demolition of the Riversharks in game 1 on Saturday, knocking in five runs including a grand slam. Patterson went on to homer in Cody’s masterpiece in game 2, and then again in the Revs 10-9 loss in the series finale on Sunday in Camden. By homering in four consecutive games, Patterson tied the Revolution record established by franchise home run leader Chris Nowak last season. The power surge for Patterson puts him at nine homers for the season, tying him with Brian Burgamy for the team lead. With Burgamy off to the Mexican League, it won’t be long before Patterson has the team lead to himself.
Just two days after losing Brian Burgamy to Campeche of the Mexican League, starting pitcher Nick Green has also left the Revolution after his contract was purchased by the Yucatan Lions.
Green, in his first year with the Revolution, went 3-0 in nine starts with the team. He posted a 3.71 ERA in 53.1 innings pitched, and struck out 34 in that time.
Brett Tomko, who had been nursing tightness in his right shoulder, is back healthy and ready to come off the inactive list to take Green’s spot on the active roster, which puts York back at 25. However, the team is back in the market for another starting pitcher with the loss. Look for the bullpen tandem of Pedro Liriano & Kris Regas to step back into Green’s vacant spot in the rotation until another starter is added. Those two have assumed that role already this season.
The Atlantic League All-Star Game will be hosted by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs this season, and is scheduled for July 10 at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland. The voting is now active on the Blue Crabs website, click here to vote for position players from each division. Pitching staffs for the game are decided by the league’s managers and coaches.
The Blue Crabs, in their sixth season after debuting in 2008, are hosting their first ALPB All-Star Game. The team is also auctioning off online different All-Star Game “experiences,” for winners to get involved with the event. For more information on that, and to bid, click here.
There is no limit on number of times you can vote, so if you’re making the trip down for the game and want to see a lot of Revolution blue and gold…go nuts.
The National Spelling Bee finals just took place, so in honor of that, here a few “extemporaneous” goings on around the Atlantic League that caught our attention this week: