Current Mets, former Revolution pitcher Scott Rice is ending this season on the disabled list, after being shut down on September 6 with a hernia injury. I’m a couple weeks late on this, but judging by a tweet he sent out, the surgery went fine and he’s in good spirits:
What are kind of cookies are those on the tray? Those look good.
Here’s a recap of Revolution Alumni participating in various league playoffs with their current organizations:
1B/OF Johan Limonta (’12-’13)
San Antonio Missions, Texas League (Double-A, Padres)
Defeated Corpus Christi (Astros) 3 games to 2, defeated Arkansas (Angels) 3 games to 2 to win Texas League Championship. In the deciding Game 5 of the Championship Series at Arkansas, Limonta hit a fourth inning grand slam in the Missions’ 5-0 win. It was his only home run in the postseason, which saw San Antonio go the full five games in each series. This was San Antonio’s 13th Texas League Championship, and their fifth in the last 12 years. Not Bad. (Like the Atlantic League, the Texas League has eight teams.) Unfortunately, Limonta’s triumph comes at the expense of his former Revolution teammate earlier this season, reliever Josh Judy. After departing York, Judy reported to Arkansas before being moved up to Triple-A Salt Lake, and was sent back to Arkansas. He ended the season on the disabled list. Former Southern Maryland slugger Cyle Hankerd was also with the Arkansas club.
Heading into the final week of the season, with the Sugar Land Skeeters comfortably in the playoffs and the York Revolution out of contention, York was still playing the role of spoiler…for the Wichita Wingnuts. The Skeeters entered the final six regular season games against the Revolution with a 93-41 record, which at the time was good for a .709 winning percentage, by far the best in the domestic professional leagues. However, the Revs had other plans, taking four of the six games in Texas, dropping Sugar Land to 95-45 on the season, which, as you’ll see below, gave the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association the winning percentage title by a single point.
It is worth noting though, that Sugar Land was far and away the best club in “full season” leagues, or leagues that have 140 or more scheduled games. In fact, the Atlantic League’s top two finishers top that category, with Somerset in second. With 95 wins, the Skeeters obliterated the Atlantic League record for wins in a season, which stood for less than a year after Lancaster’s 88 a season ago. That total is now actually third all-time, with Somerset’s 90 wins this season.
The full list of each team to play .600 ball or better is below after the jump.
Chris Cody broke the York Revolution single season wins record with his 15th victory of the season, as the Revs won their series opener against the Sugar Land Skeeters, 4-2 on Tuesday night at Constellation Field. Cody (15-8) eclipses the previous record of 14 wins established by teammate Corey Thurman last season when Thurman broke his own record of 13 wins from the year before. It marks the third consecutive season that a Revs pitcher has set a new franchise best for wins in a season. (more…)
In his final home start of the 2013 season, Corey Thurman struck out three Bridgeport Bluefish on September 8. That put him at 578 strikeouts in a Revolution uniform, now in his sixth season with York. Thurman passed Lincoln Mikkelsen (577) to move into second in Atlantic League history. Mikkelsen is still second all-time in league wins, with 62; Thurman has 56 career ALPB wins.
Thurman still has a ways to go to catch all-time Atlantic League strikeout and wins leader Tim Cain, who has 737 career punch outs and 74 wins.
In keeping with tradition, the York Revolution honored their 2013 team MVP and Community Outreach Player of the year prior to the final Sunday home game on September 8.
Starting pitcher Chris Cody was named MVP, edging out departed third baseman Andy Marte following his move to the Angels Triple-A club in Salt Lake City. Reliever Rommie Lewis took home the Community award for his help with the myriad of player appearances and speaking engagements throughout the summer.
Cody is pictured above receiving his plaque with Manager Mark Mason and Revolution President & General Manager Eric Menzer. Lewis is no longer with the Revolution, after having his contract purchased by the Lamigo Monkeys of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan on August 28. He could return to the club for next season though, depending on what offers he may get from other leagues. If Rommie is back in the Atlantic League, he’ll be back in York.
At long last, I’ve found a way to work “shoves” into a headline here. But it’s never been more appropriate.
Former Revolution reliever Ian Thomas (’12), had been excelling as a long man out of the Mississippi Braves bullpen this season. The powers that be with Atlanta saw something in him, and decided to convert him to a starter, a decision which has proven to be fruitful not only for their Double-A club but for Thomas’ prospects of reaching the big leagues as well.
Last night Thomas got the ball with his club trailing the Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks) 1-0 in their best of five opening round Southern League playoff series. On the road in Mobile, Thomas fired 5.2 shutout innings, allowing just four hits while striking out four. Thomas earned the win to even the series, as the M-Braves prevailed 4-3.
This is Thomas’ second season with the Braves organization after being plucked off the York roster by Atlanta in May of last year after just seven appearances.
His life is a movie which we’ve written about extensively, but the dream rookie MLB season for 31-year-old Scott Rice is ending with a thud. The Mets are shutting down their left-handed bullpen specialist and former Rev, because he needs hernia surgery. We first saw the report courtesy of Aaron Gleeman of NBC Sports’ Hardball Talk.
Rice’s season ends with 73 appearances out of the Mets bullpen, which leads not only the National League but all of Major League Baseball. It’s a major bummer, as he was likely to end the season with that distinction. Despite the next closest pitcher three appearances behind, Cubs lefty James Russell, there’s no way Rice hangs on to the title. After 14 minor league seasons and being the oldest rookie in the Majors this year, Rice wraps his season with a 3.71 ERA and just a .235 average against. General consensus is he’ll be back in the Mets big league bullpen next season after that solid effort, but it’s tough to speculate.
Andy Marte has a monster night in PCL playoffs…but may be injured – UPDATE: He separated his shoulder
UPDATE: Andy Marte separated his shoulder in Salt Lake’s win last night. An MRI scheduled 9/6 will reveal the severity of the injury, but it looks like he’s out of Game 3 at Las Vegas. At one point his shoulder had to be popped back into place. In any event, it doesn’t sound good…if Marte does play again this season, he’ll be playing in pain. This is horrible news not only for Salt Lake’s title hopes, but Marte’s prospects of a September call-up to the Angels. Stay tuned.
Word is the shoulder had already been injured earlier in the game, and was aggravated further when Marte slid head first into home in the bottom of the ninth on a sac-fly to win Game 2 in walk off fashion for Salt Lake. Talk about laying it all on the line for his team…Marte very well may have cost himself a return to the Majors to help his Triple-A teammates last night.
The video below has been making the rounds online, and there is a York Revolution connection. (Click either the link or the image to play.)
Brian Jeroloman is a catcher in the Washington Nationals organization, and the younger brother of former Revolution shortstop Chuck Jeroloman (2010). Brian is currently at Double-A Harrisburg, and they opened the Eastern League playoffs 9/4 with Game 1 of their division series at Erie.
Erie’s Brandon Douglas attempts to score on this fielder’s choice, leading to one of the worst collisions at home plate you’ll ever see. Jeroloman was carted off the field sitting up and conscious. I don’t want to speculate on his condition, but he did have to spend the night at the hospital, where he still was this morning. You’d have to assume there was at least a concussion, and there appeared to be a pretty serious laceration on Jeroloman’s chin from the footage. As the video will show, Douglas was quite shaken up as well.
Incidentally, Harrisburg won the game 5-4. They’ll host games 3-5 if necessary at home Friday through Sunday.
With the Revolution roster two short at 23, extra pitching help has been signed to get to the end of the season on September 15. With their season having concluded, the St. Paul Saints of the American Association have loaned York right-handed pitcher Anthony Claggett. Claggett, 29, will start for the Revolution sometime during the final home series against Bridgeport September 6-9, and once more during the season-ending road trip in Sugar Land.
Officially, York acquired Claggett from St. Paul for future considerations. Whether this short time with the Revs could turn into a roster spot for next season remains to be seen.
Claggett went 9-6 with a 3.11 ERA in 21 starts for St. Paul in 142 innings, his second season with that club. Primarily a reliever until this season, Claggett is a veteran of 321 minor league games in nine seasons, with 55 starts. He owns a career record of 51-38 with a solid 3.67 ERA in those games, and also has 41 career saves. After being drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2005, Claggett was with that organization through the 2007 season before joining the Yankees in 2008. He would make his Major League debut in New York in 2009, appearing in one game out of the Yankees’ bullpen. He would go on to appear in two more MLB games that season out of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ bullpen, before spending the 2010 and 2011 seasons at Triple-A Indianapolis and Double-A Altoona with Pittsburgh.
With just 12 games remaining in 2013 upon Claggett’s arrival, the Revolution may or may not fill the 25th spot on the roster.
The Salt Lake Bees (Angels) are facing the Las Vegas 51s (Mets) in the first round of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League playoffs, a best of five series. The series will feature three former Revolution players, two of which were plucked off the York roster earlier this season.
Starting pitcher Matt Fox is getting the Game 1 start on Wednesday 9/4 in Salt Lake City. He’ll be facing former Revolution teammate Andy Marte, who finished the regular season with a flourish after joining the Angels organization, batting .362 with six home runs and 18 RBI in 26 games with the Bees. Fox was picked up by the Mets in May and has made 20 starts for the 51s since, Marte went from York to the Angels in August.
Las Vegas also has former Revolution (2010) lefty reliever Justin Hampson. All three players hope to return to the Majors with a September call-up once the PCL postseason has concluded. Fox (Twins, Red Sox), Marte (Braves, Indians) and Hampson (Rockies, Padres, Mets) all have prior MLB time.
The series starts with two games at Salt Lake before shifting to Vegas for the final three if necessary. The winner will take on the victor of the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) and Oklahoma City RedHawks (Astros) series for the PCL Championship.
Unfortunately the team is not in contention, and will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2009. However, the Revolution’s fan support is as strong as ever.
The results on the field last weekend were also good, taking 5-1 and 3-1 wins from Long Island before dropping a 4-2 decision on Sunday. More notable though, is the three crowds totaled up to 14,241 fans through the Sovereign Bank Stadium turnstiles Friday through Sunday, good for the largest number of fans for a three-game series at The Vault this season. The attendance breakdown:
Friday 8/30: 5, 156
Saturday 8/31: 5, 287
Sunday 9/1: 3, 798