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Breakin’ Rad: Past Revolution All-Stars

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The Washington Nationals Racing Presidents were a highlight of the 2011 All-Star Game in York, when the Revolution hosted the event for the first time. Fittingly, George Washington was victorious; the first President in his first visit to the First Capital in 200 or so years.

It’s day three of the Atlantic League All-Star Break, and the game is tonight in Sugar Land.  It’s the 17th All-Star Game in league history and the first west of the Mississippi.  York’s representatives tonight are 2B Eric Patterson, SS Wilson Valdez and LHP Rommie Lewis.  Assuming Patterson starts at second, after he started at short last season in Southern Maryland, he will equal teammate Corey Thurman as the only Revolution player to start multiple all-star games.  Thurman started the 2009 and 2011 games.  1B/OF Johan Limonta was selected, but will not participate due to his contract being purchased by Campeche of the Mexican League.

Thanks to the 2014 York Revolution media guide and Darrell Henry, let’s take a look back at former Revolution selections to the game, and some highlights:

* indicates starters

2007- Clipper Magazine Stadium, Lancaster, PA
1B/DH Nate Espy
INF Matt Dryer
C Luis Taveras- became the first Rev to bat, get a hit and score a run in an all-star game.
LHP Chris Cooper
LHP Chris Steinborn- was the first Rev to pitch in an all-star game.

Dryer and Cooper were unable to play due to injury.

2008- TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater, NJ
*OF Jason Aspito- as designated hitter, became the first Rev to start in an all-star game.
C Sandy Aracena
RHP Jason Olson
RHP Nick McCurdy- earned a save in the Freedom Division’s victory, making him the only Rev to this point with an all-star game save.

2009- Riverfront Stadium, Newark, NJ
*RHP Corey Thurman- became the first Rev to start an all-star game on the hill, and recorded the first Revolution all-star game strikeout.
*DH Tom Collaro- collected the first extra-base hit (double) and first multi-hit game (2-for-4) in Revolution all-star game history.
INF Keoni DeRenne
LHP Jason Kershner

York skipper Chris Hoiles managed the Freedom Division, losing 7-5, becoming the first Revolution boss to manage in an all-star game.

2010- Suffolk County Sports Park, Central Islip, NY
*CF Scott Grimes
*SS Ramon Castro
*1B Ian Bladegroen
*C John Pachot
*LHP Jesus Sanchez
OF James Shanks
RHP Derrell McCall

The Revolution, who won the Freedom Division first half this season and eventually their first Atlantic League championship, set a franchise record with five all-star game starters, a record that stood until…

2011- Sovereign Bank Stadium, York, PA
*CF Val Majewski- hit the first Revolution home run in all-star game history, also driving in the first Rev RBI in all-star history
*3B Vince Harrison
*LF James Shanks
*SS Eric Eymann
*C Octavio Martinez
*RHP Corey Thurman- became the first, and to this point only Rev to start multiple all-star games.
RHP Matt DeSalvo

York hosted it’s first Atlantic League All-Star Game in style, with six starters to eclipse the previous year’s record.  Thurman pitched two scoreless innings in front of the home fans before leaving to a huge ovation.  The game drew a still stadium-record crowd of 8,037.  The Revs takeover in the starting lineup would be no accident just like the prior year, as York went on to win the Freedom Division second half this time and their second straight Atlantic League crown.  York skipper Andy Etchebarren managed the Freedom Division to a 7-0 victory in front of the home crowd.  Shanks and Thurman became the first Revolution players to be selected to multiple all-star games.

2012- Campbell’s Field, Camden, NJ
*2B Andres Perez
*DH Michael Hernandez
OF Brandon Haveman- stole the first base for the Revolution in all-star game history.
RHP Corey Thurman- became the first Rev to be selected to three all-star games.
RHP Adam Thomas- as the winning pitcher, became the first Rev to earn a decision in all-star game history.

York skipper Andy Etchebarren managed a second-consecutive all-star game victory, with the Freedom Division taking it 9-5.

2013- Regency Furniture Stadium, Waldorf, MD
*LHP Chris Cody- became the fourth Rev to start the all-star game on the hill in five seasons
*SS Eric Patterson
C Salvador Paniagua
INF Andres Perez- joined Thurman and Shanks as the third Rev to be selected to multiple all-star games.
RHP Michael Wuertz
INF Wilson Batista

Perez was unable to play due to injury.  Batista was named an all-star late as an injury replacement, but was unable to participate due to prior engagements and time constraints.

No Revolution players will participate in this year’s home run derby before the game.  York has had a player participate in that event thrice without a victory:  Nate Espy (2007), James Shanks (2010) and Val Majewski (2011).

TOMORROW:  I’ll have a recap of how the Revolution reps did in this year’s game.

-Paul Braverman

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