Chris Cody leaving for Taiwan
There were rumblings over the winter of Chris Cody pitching in the Chinese Professional Baseball League on the island of Taiwan this season, which delayed his official signing with the Revolution for 2014 until March 14. Even after that, into York’s preseason camp, it still looked like he might depart for a potentially lucrative contract overseas, which didn’t happen.
As you can see above, Cody is gracing the cover of the next issue of the York Revolutionary Times, in which he talked about the situation in more detail. (Read the upcoming issue at Santander Stadium the next eight home games, June 26 – July 3). It’s now official though, Cody has a contract to pitch for the Brother Elephants through the end of August. The season over there lasts into the fall through October however, so how long Cody will pitch in Taiwan remains to be seen. He could return to York for the stretch-run of the regular season and hopefully playoffs in September, should he only pitch through August.
As the Revolution try to close out a Freedom Division first-half title this is trying news, but as always you cannot begrudge a player for doing what’s best for his career. Cody is one of many Revs and Atlantic League players from other franchises to depart mid-season to pitch in the CPBL the last several seasons.
Cody received his first taste of international baseball last winter, when he played in the Dominican Winter League for the first time for Aguilas Cibaenas. Last season the lefty turned down offers to pitch in foreign leagues, hoping to be selected by an MLB organization off York’s roster, as he was in July of 2011 by the Atlanta Braves. The end result was Cody leading the Atlantic League in strikeouts last season with 139, and being named Revolution Player of the Year. This time however, the offer is to Cody’s liking and his tenure as one of the most decorated and celebrated players in York Revolution history is on hold…for now.
With Matt Neil still inactive with an elbow injury, the Revolution roster is currently one short at 24 active players. Expect another pitcher to be added soon. Cody will make his scheduled start tonight (June 24) at Southern Maryland before departing. After the off day on the 25th, when the Revolution return home to play Long Island on June 26, it will mark the first time Chris Cody is not on the team’s roster since August 1, 2011. (Contract purchased by Braves on July 31).
-Paul Braverman / Darrell Henry