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Corey Thurman got sweaty during a game

You’ll have to click the image to load in the large version (then click the little magnifying glass to get the really big version for full effect), but this is a very nice piece of photography by Revolution fan Chris Hall.  As any die-hard Revs fan knows, Corey Thurman works up a sweat during the pre-game “Movin’ Like Bernie” dance, and is able to maintain that sweat throughout the game.  Look at that perspiration fly out of his sleeve at each state of his delivery:

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-Paul Braverman

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Regas released

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After being on the Revolution Inactive List since June 20, left-handed reliever Kris Regas has officially been released by the team.  Unfortunately, it’s the second tough release of a fan favorite this month, after York had to let franchise all-time hits leader James Shanks go on July 7.

Regas has been with the Revolution since the tail end of the 2011 championship season, aside from a stint in the Mexican League after spring training last season, before he returned to York.  In 2012 he apperaed in 44 games for the Revs, posting a 2.79 ERA with a 3-2 record.  In 42 innings he struck out 42 batters, walking just 18.  This season, Regas had a 8.21 ERA in 10 games and 23 innings, which included four starts.

-Paul Braverman


Futures Game participants with Revolution ties

The annual MLB Futures Game was Sunday, July 14 at Citi Field, as it’s been held the Sunday before the MLB All-Star Game at the same site since 1999.  It pits the top prospects in minor league baseball against one another, United States-born players vs. international-born players (including Canada and Mexico).  Looking through the all-time rosters, I was able to find 12 players that have played in the Futures Game with York Revolution ties:

1999:  P Matt Riley (’10) Orioles/USA
1999 & 2000:  P Aaron Myette (’08) White Sox/Canada
2000:  IF Ramon Castro (’10, ’11, ’12) Braves/Venezuela
2002:  P Francis Beltran (’10) Cubs/Dominican Republic
2003:  P Shawn Hill (’12) Expos/Canada
2003 & 2004:  IF Andy Marte (’13) Braves/Dominican Republic
2003:  John VanBenschoten (’11) Pirates/USA
2004:  OF Val Majewski (’10, ’11, ’13) Orioles/USA
2004:  IF Dallas McPherson (’13) Angels/USA
2006:  C Salomon Manriquez (’10, ’12) Nationals/Venezuela
2006:  IF/OF Eric Patterson (’13) Cubs/USA
2010:  P Anthony Slama (’13) Twins/USA

-Paul Braverman


Eric Patterson’s contract purchased by Brewers

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The York Revolution has announced that the Atlantic League contract of infielder/outfielder Eric Patterson has been purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers. The transaction comes after Patterson excelled at various positions in the field and in the batting order in 62 games with York.

Patterson batted .275 with the Revolution, with 13 home runs and 38 RBI. The RBI total is even more impressive considering Patterson had settled into the leadoff role the last several weeks he was with the club. The nine-year professional played second, short and corner outfield during his time with York.

He was named Atlantic League Player of The Week for the period of June 3-9, and homered in four consecutive games during that time (including a grand slam), joining York Revolution all-time home run leader Chris Nowak as the only players to accomplish such a feat. Patterson’s 13 home runs in the first half of the season are also a Revolution franchise record, and his six triples led the team as well. His three home runs to lead off a game equaled the work of former Revs leadoff man Scott Grimes during the 2010 championship season.

For his efforts, Patterson was selected to the 2013 Atlantic League All-Star Game at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, MD, home of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. He started at shortstop for the Freedom Division.

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Chad Tracy to join Revolution, play first base

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It appears the Revolution’s quest to find a replacement at first base for Brian Burgamy has concluded.  While Andy Marte has filled in admirably, his natural position is third and the coaching staff would like to see him stay at third.  Although Mark Teahen did have some games at first during his time in the Majors, he’s been forced into corner outfield duty for York.

It is likely that Chad Tracy will join the club for the weekend series at home against Southern Maryland.  This is not the Chad Tracy that plays for the Washington Nationals.  This Chad Tracy is actually the son of former Dodgers, Pirates and Rockies manager Jim Tracy.

Tracy played for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox last season, the Rockies Triple-A club.  In 133 games he put together a solid season of .269, 12 home runs and 82 RBI.  A season before for Round Rock, the Rangers top affiliate, he drove in a career high 109 runs in 134 games, while mashing 26 home runs.  The home run total tied a career high, as in 2009 at Double-A Frisco Tracy also hit 26 with 107 RBI in 136 games.  A workhorse, Tracy has played in 130 games or more in five of his seven professional seasons.

He was selected by Texas in the 3rd round (88th overall) of the 2006 draft out of Pepperdine University.  Tracy has 123 professional home runs on his resume upon joining the Revolution.

-Paul Braverman


VIDEO: Catching up with Octavio Martinez in Washington

As promised, here is our video piece with former York Revolution catcher Octavio Martinez, now a member of the Washington Nationals Major League coaching staff.  Thank you to Octavio, our own Everett George and Kyle Brostowitz of the Nats media relations department who helped make it all happen. The piece was shot and edited by Scott Youcheff.  Enjoy.


GIF Alert: Brooks vs. Manny

The similarities between Brooks Robinson and Manny Machado continue to pile up.  They were both called up to the Orioles as basically teenagers.  They both play third base.  And it didn’t take Machado long to almost equal Brooks’ feat of throwing a guy out from nearly the first row of seats.

Apologies if the GIF makes your machine run slow, but it’s an amazing comparison; first you have Brooks’ play in the 1970 World Series against the Reds, which I have always considered, at least at third base, the greatest defensive play EVER.  Then take Machado last weekend against the Yankees…and it’s not that far off.  Enjoy.

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-Paul Braverman