While winter ball is just beginning, and we’ll have a full look at the Caribbean scene in an upcoming blog post, the CPBL is in the midst of its Fall Classic, the Taiwan Series. (more…)
First off, York Dispatch Revolution beat reporter John Walk has a nice round up of former Revs playing winter ball in the Caribbean right now over on his “Revolution Rumblings” blog. With that season just starting, DH will be along after the World Series with a comprehensive update of how everyone is doing. (More players generally come to teams after the season has started as well.) The team we’re watching most closely though is Aigulas in the Dominican Republic.
That’s where Chris Cody is pitching, having been offered a winter ball deal for the first time as he completed his finest season as a Rev in 2013 (15-9, 3.12, 139 K.) The 15 wins were a single-season franchise record, and he led the Atlantic League in strikeouts. With Aigulas, Cody is re-united with Andy Marte, a Dominican native. After being signed away from the Revolution by the Angels back on August 4, Marte raked in the final month for Triple-A Salt Lake, before separating his shoulder in heroic fashion, scoring the winning run for Salt Lake in a playoff game. The injury kept him out for the rest of the playoffs (Salt Lake eventually lost to Omaha in the PCL finals) and cost Marte any shot at a September call-up to Anaheim.
Marte is recovered however, active and playing everyday for Aigulas at the outset of the winter season. Luckily the injury was relatively mild, despite costing Salt Lake its best hitter at the time and possible a championship, not to mention a chance at big league redemption for the former Cleveland Indian. Hopefully, the Angels bring back Marte to Major League spring training in February. The way he performed this year in York and Salt Lake, they’d have little reason not to.
Three former Atlantic League players have significant ties to this year’s World Series. The only active player participating who is an ALPB alum is Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew, who spent 19 games with the Camden Riversharks in 2005, where he hit a robust .427 with four homers and 18 RBI. Drew was drafted 15th overall out of Florida State by Arizona in 2004, but came to a negotiating impasse with the organization on his signing bonus. At that time, once a player was drafted, that organization retained his rights until a deal could be reached. Now, there is a strict deadline just weeks after the draft. If the player isn’t signed by August, he becomes eligible for the June draft again the following year.
After his 19 games in Camden in ’05, Drew did come to terms with the Diamondbacks and was awarded a $4 million dollar bonus, eventually making is Major League debut a season later in 2006. Drew also played in last year’s playoffs with Oakland. He’ll attempt to match his brother, the now retired J.D. Drew, who was part of a World Series champion his first season in Boston in 2007, where he was teammates with future Revolution outfielder Bobby Kielty. You may remember Kielty hitting a somewhat important home run in that series against Colorado. The eldest brother, pitcher Tim Drew, made 12 starts for Bridgeport in 2008 before retiring, after 35 appearances and 11 starts in the Majors.
When the Revolution re-branded with new logos and colors prior to the 2012 season, not everything was let out of the bag at once. We give you next season’s next step: The “Talon Y” logo.
You’ll notice the Y is the same as the Revolution’s usual Y logo on the primary blue caps with the eagle, this one is just surrounded by the eagle’s talons instead. Prior to last season, the organization also started using the “Gear R” logo in addition to the usual Y logo, primary logo and the eagle with the bat on his own which appeared on the alternate gold caps. All of those logos will still be used in addition to the Talon Y. Looking closely, you’ll notice a more metallic, industrial feel to this logo; look for more of that in a lot of Revolution branding in the future. Check out the primary logo in that theme:
Sovereign Bank’s re-branding after being absorbed by Spanish banking company Santander is complete. From here on, the name of the York Revolution’s ballpark is Santander Stadium. The name Sovereign Bank Stadium is officially retired.
The new signage for Santander Stadium was unveiled at 11 a.m. on October 17.
Two more photos after the jump:
Each season, Baseball America names an All-Star Team encompassing all of the quote-un-quote “non-affiliated” leagues. Even though the level of play varies from league to league, I.E. the Frontier League (Short-A to Class Aish level) to the Atlantic League (Triple-Aish), the selections cover the Can-Am League, Frontier League, American Association and Atlantic League, which is how you would rank such leagues from lowest to highest level of competition in this writer’s humble opinion. It’s based mostly on stats, in fairness to players who are earlier in their careers than other Atlantic League veterans.
Unfortunately, no Revolution players were selected this year, after two each earned such honors the past two seasons. In 2012, Chris Nowak and Andres Perez were both named. In 2011, it was Nowak and Ramon Castro recognized. Four Atlantic League players did make the team however.
The full team is below, for a link to Baseball America with stats on each player, click here:
Here are individual award winners and the first and second teams. The full press release from the Revolution on their selections is after the jump:
2013 ATLANTIC LEAGUE AWARDS
Manager of the Year: Gary Gaetti, Sugar Land
Player of the Year: Jake Fox, Somerset
Pitcher of the Year: Dwayne Pollok, Lancaster
Executive of the Year: Patrick McVerry, Somerset
Park of the Year: Clipper Magazine Stadium, Lancaster
2013 FIRST TEAM
Catcher: Salvador Paniagua, York
Catcher: Travis Scott, Sugar Land
First Base: Aaron Bates, Sugar Land
Second Base: Andres Perez, York
Third Base: Corey Smith, Somerset
Shortstop: Wilson Valdez, Camden
Utility: Renny Osuna, Southern Maryland
Outfield: Jerry Owens, Lancaster
Outfield: Cyle Hankerd, Southern Maryland
Outfield: Ryan Harvey, Lancaster
Outfield: Adam Godwin, Sugar Land
Designated Hitter: Jake Fox, Somerset
RH Starter: Dwayne Pollok, Lancaster
LH Starter: Chris Cody, York
Reliever: Jon Hunton, Somerset
Closer: Jim Ed Warden, Southern Maryland
2013 SECOND TEAM
Catcher: Koby Clemens, Sugar Land
First Base: Andy Marte, York
Second Base: Josh Barfield, Long Island
Second Base: Daniel Mayora, Bridgeport
Third Base: Bryant Nelson, Long Island
Shortstop: Wilson Batista, York
Utility: Olmo Rosario, Lancaster
Utility: Travis Denker, Lancaster
Outfield: Joash Brodin, Long Island
Outfield: Aharon Eggleston, Somerset
Outfield: Blake Gailen, Lancaster
Outfield: Cory Aldridge, Somerset
Designated Hitter: Alexis Gomez, Bridgeport
RH Starter: Josh Lowey, Somerset
LH Starter: Dontrelle Willis, Long Island
Reliever: Jon Velasquez, Camden
Reliever: Jason Lowey, Somerset
Closer: Gary Majewski, Sugar Land
We came across some interesting YouTube videos in the office. Back in August, Revolution pitchers Rommie Lewis (Lamigo Monkeys) and Nick Green (EDA Rhinos) each had their contracts purchased by teams in the Chinese Professional Baseball League, located on the island of Taiwan.
First up, watch Rommie Lewis come out of the bullpen with his team ahead 2-1. (Skip ahead to the 2 hour, 41 minute mark):
Next, here are the EDA Rhinos closing out what was a win for Nick Green against the Brother Elephants:
Finally, here’s a highlight video, (with some low lights mixed in) of a game Green (#45) pitched for the Rhinos against the Monkeys, where he was the winner again:
The 2014 Atlantic League schedule has been released and the York Revolution will begin next season at home on Thursday, April 24 against the Camden Riversharks. It will mark the beginning of the eighth season of professional baseball in Downtown York, and the third time in four years the Revolution will begin the season at home.
The season will begin with a six-game homestand, against Camden (April 24-27) and then two games against the rival Lancaster Barnstormers (April 29-30). The first flight trip of season will be May 19-22 when York makes its first voyage to take on the Sugar Land Skeeters in the suburbs of Houston, TX. For a third consecutive season, the Revolution will end its regular season with a six-game road trip at Sugar Land, in a second visit to Texas.
The longest homestand of the season for the Revolution will be from June 26 through July 3, when the team hosts the Long Island Ducks and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in a pair of four-game series.
York will not be home over the 4th of July weekend, but fans won’t have to travel far to see the club. The Revolution will square off against Lancaster in a notable “War of The Roses” series July 4-6. The Revolution lead the all-time series by a 71-65 count in the regular season. Other home series against Lancaster include May 23-26 and August 18-20.
On July 10, the Atlantic League All-Star Game will be west of the Mississippi River for the first time, when it’s hosted by Sugar Land.
Official game times will be added to the schedule in the coming weeks, followed by a full promotional schedule. For the full calendar layout of the schedule, please CLICK HERE.