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Archive for March, 2014

Revolution sign 10-year MLB vet & York resident Mark Hendrickson

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The York Revolution has announced the signing of pitcher Mark Hendrickson to the 2014 pre-season roster. The 39-year-old southpaw is a veteran of 328 Major League games, and 166 big league starts with the Blue Jays, Rays, Dodgers, Marlins and Orioles.

Despite his significant starting experience, Hendrickson will likely come out of the Revolution bullpen, with spot-starting duty a possibility. He last played in the Majors with Baltimore from 2009 to 2011. Hendrickson has been used by each of his organizations as a hybrid starter/reliever. Last season he re-upped with the Orioles, appearing out of Triple-A Norfolk’s bullpen for 40 games.

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Ian Thomas…coming to a seaboard near you

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Atlanta is roughly 700 miles from York.  But thanks to the timeless invention of road games, Ian Thomas will be traveling to a ballpark near you as the latest Revolution alum in the Major Leagues.  Obviously we hope he is in the Majors all season and doesn’t get sent down to Triple-A, making all of these potential dates road trip opportunities to see him play, or at least see him in uniform.  Conveniently, Atlanta is in Washington the first weekend of the season, and in Philadelphia a week and a half later, as Thomas will hit each spot closest to York before the Revolution’s season starts on April 24.  Here are the games the Braves play this season at either Philadelphia, Washington, Pittsburgh and New York.  At minimum, bookmark them for TV watching:

at Washington, April 4-6
at Philadelphia, April 14-17
at New York, April 18-20
at Washington, June 19-23
at Philadelphia, June 27-29
at New York, July 7-10
at Pirates August, 18-20
at New York, August 26-28
at Washington, September 8-10
at Philadelphia, September 26-28

-Paul Braverman


Lewis and Patterson return to Revs; club adds Triple-A vet Torres

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“Rommie’s Rants” on WOYK 1350 during the the pre-game shows will be returning in 2014.

The York Revolution have brought back left-handed reliever Rommie Lewis and infielder/outfielder Eric Patterson, while adding infielder/outfielder Tim Torres to the 2014 preseason roster. The latest batch of signings was officially announced today by manager Mark Mason, bringing York’s preseason total to 22 players under contract with spring training workouts just over two weeks away. (more…)


Ian Thomas makes Braves Opening Day roster

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The York Revolution is proud to announce that Ian Thomas, a member of the 2012 Revolution, has made the Atlanta Braves 25-man roster out of Spring Training. The sixth-year pro will make his Major League debut for Atlanta out of the bullpen. The news was confirmed by Diakon Baseball Group, Thomas’s representation.

Thomas, 26, becomes the fifth former Revolution player to reach the Major Leagues, the fourth straight pitcher of that group, and will be the second former Rev to make his MLB debut (LHP Scott Rice, 2013 Mets).

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Alumni spring training update

MLB Spring Training has reached its final week, and plenty of former Revs are still vying for roster spots, in either the Majors or Triple-A.  A veteran player who played in York last season, who shall remain nameless, told me when he reported “the reputation is that if you want to get signed and get back to the big leagues, the place to go is either York or Long Island in the Atlantic League.”  THAT is not a statement to take lightly.  The update:

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Shawn Hill to Blue Jays two days after signing with York

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While the York Revolution still retain his Atlantic League rights, and he and the organization have agreed to a contract, starting pitcher Shawn Hill has been signed by the Toronto Blue Jays for the third time in his career.  The transaction comes just two days after he agreed to a contract with York on March 21.

Hopefully Hill will at least make Toronto’s Triple-A club in Buffalo out of what’s left of spring training, but if there isn’t a spot for him when camp breaks, he very well could be back with the Revolution shortly.  Turning 33 on April 28, Hill has shown no indication he is leaning toward retirement yet.  Upon agreeing to a return to York, Hill had been throwing for MLB scouts, and as it turns out the Canadian’s home-Provence organization was intrigued enough to take a flyer on him.

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Revs ramp up the roster with four big signings

Shawn Hill returns to the Revs rotation where he dazzled with five scoreless starts in 2012, making it back to the Majors that season.

Shawn Hill returns to the Revs rotation where he dazzled with five scoreless starts in 2012, making it back to the Majors that season.

The York Revolution made a splash, announcing four key player signings today.  Major League veteran right-hander Shawn Hill, dominant with the Revs in 2012, will return to the club along with big league veteran reliever Michael Wuertz, an Atlantic League All-Star last season.  The club has also signed Atlantic League veteran infielders Travis Garcia and Brandon Chaves, increasing their preseason roster total to 20 players under contract with Opening Day just over one month away. (more…)