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Archive for December, 2013

Remembering 2013: Eric Patterson profile

The dreaded off-season has arrived.  But fear not, despite news being a little slower this time of year, we have plenty of content to keep you occupied here at BlogToBlogChamps.  Each Monday, we’ll publish a feature from the 2013 York Revolutionary Times, the official game day magazine of the York Revolution for you to re-enjoy, or read for the first time in case you missed it at the ballpark.  This week, re-visit the career of outfielder Eric Patterson, who began last season in York but ended it in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.  Previously, Patterson had played in the Majors for the Cubs, A’s, Red Sox and Padres, following in the footsteps of his older brother Corey, a 12-year MLB veteran. 

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By Ron Gardner

If you’re the parent of a budding Little League baseball star spending your evenings hauling your lawn chair from one sandlot to the next, you should know that the odds of your little slugger growing up to play in the big leagues one day is something like 1 in 1,000.  Maybe even worse, depending on whose math you believe…but most definitely not a solid career plan.

That being said, the odds against two brothers both making it to the majors must be absolutely staggering, right?  Of course, but not impossible – look no further than the Revs Eric Patterson and his older brother, Corey, for proof of that.

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John Halama will not return as pitching coach

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Nine-year MLB veteran and six-year Atlantic League veteran John Halama is currently at the winter meetings in Orlando in search of a minor league pitching coach job with an MLB organization, ending his tenure as York Revolution pitching coach.  In his lone season on the job, York posted a 4.32 team era, and led the Freedom Division in strikeouts with 935.

Lindsay Berra (any relation to Yogi?) profiled a few former big league pitchers in Orlando looking for coaching work on MLB.com including Halama, as well as Tim Redding, another Major League veteran and former Atlantic Leaguer.

Halama, from that article:  “I had a blast in York last year, learning the other side of things and learning how to take care of the 15 guys on our staff with their different stuff and their different routines. When you play, you’re really only responsible for yourself, so I enjoyed learning what everyone else is doing.”

We’ll be sure to update on his next landing spot.

-Paul Braverman


Remembering 2013: Balancing family and baseball

The dreaded off-season has arrived.  But fear not, despite news being a little slower this time of year, we have plenty of content to keep you occupied here at BlogToBlogChamps.  Each Monday, we’ll publish a feature from the 2013 York Revolutionary Times, the official game day magazine of the York Revolution for you to re-enjoy, or read for the first time in case you missed it at the ballpark.  This week, we look back at the challenge of balancing playing professional baseball with having a family, with the focus on former Revolution shortstop Chuck Jeroloman.  Jeroloman retired at just 28 to take a coaching position at Texas Christian University, and is now coaching at Jacksonville University.

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By Paul Braverman

“There’s not really a day that goes by where I don’t miss playing baseball.  I miss competing, making a play on defense, but above all the relationships in the clubhouse.  That’s something that’s always inside you.”

At first, reading that quote may be a little saddening, but not really.  It’s out of context.  It sounds as if it’s coming from one of a number of players who have been forced to stop playing baseball when they’re mind said yes, but the body said no due to years of wear or an injury.  On the contrary, it comes from a 30-year-old assistant baseball coach at Texas Christian University who was last seen as an active player leading a championship-winning team in doubles in 2010.

When former York Revolution shortstop Chuck Jeroloman stopped playing, it’s because he got the call.  Not to the big leagues, but to be a dad.

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Remembering 2013: Chris Cody’s family business

The dreaded off-season has arrived.  But fear not, despite news being a little slower this time of year, we have plenty of content to keep you occupied here at BlogToBlogChamps.  Each Monday, we’ll publish a feature from the 2013 York Revolutionary Times, the official game day magazine of the York Revolution for you to re-enjoy, or read for the first time in case you missed it at the ballpark.  This week, we look back at the family career for the Codys, and a decision a certain left-hander might have to make sooner than later.

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By Paul Braverman

On the worst day the New York City Fire Department ever had, a family whose entire legacy is that department was in a rare in-between moment.  Joseph A. Cody III, a 30-year veteran of the FDNY and a Lieutenant had retired two years earlier in 1999.  His oldest son Michael Cody, who would be sworn in two years later in 2003, was still in college.

“Once my Dad turned on the TV that morning, he couldn’t help himself.  He had to get down there and see what he could do to help.  He was helping out down there for several weeks with the rescue effort and cleanup.  It was itching at him – he had to be able to help in some way,” remembered Revolution starting pitcher Chris Cody, who was 17 on September 11, 2001.

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