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Corey Thurman moves into sole possession of second all-time in Atlantic League wins

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Corey Thurman and his battery-mate Alberto Espinosa, who was behind the plate for Thurman’s 63rd career win with the Revolution August 13 at Camden.  The closest to Thurman on the franchise all-time wins list is Chris Cody with 39.

Unfortunately the milestone was reached on the road instead of in the stadium the 19-year professional has pitched more games in than any other, but it’s done.  Corey Thurman now stands alone in second place on the Atlantic League’s all-time wins list with 63.  He and the Revolution defeated the Camden Riversharks 10-1 on August 13 at Campbell’s Field, where Thurman tossed seven innings, allowing just six hits and the lone run on a solo homer.

Thurman (7-4), in his seventh season with York pulled ahead of Lincoln Mikkelsen who compiled 62 wins in seven Atlantic League seasons of his own.  Coincidentally,  the first 76 of Mikkelsen’s 131 starts in the league came with Camden in four seasons, 2001 to 2004.  He won 49 games in a Riversharks uniform.  Tim Cain is tops in career Atlantic League wins, with 74 in 10 seasons.

While Santander Stadium would have been the preferred venue, it was also fitting Thurman picked up win #63 in Camden; it’s the franchise he’s had the most success against by far.  Entering the 2014 season, Thurman was 13-4 against the Riversharks all-time, with a 2.71 ERA in 24 starts.  It’s his most favorable match-up in terms of win-loss record and ERA among any Atlantic League club.  Thurman did most of his damage in the 2011 and 2012 seasons, going 27-6 in those two campaigns.  Three consecutive years the all-time mark for wins in a single season by a Revolution pitcher was set; 13 by Thurman in 2011, 14 in 2012 and then 15 wins last season by Chris Cody.

Thurman, 35, was drafted in the fourth round out of high school in Texarkana, Texas by the Kansas City Royals in 1996 and turned pro that summer as a 17-year-old.  In 2002 and 2003, he appeared in 49 Major League games with the Toronto Blue Jays, making four starts.  After first suiting up for the Revolution in 2008, he quickly made York his year-round home and started a family.  He and his wife Angela, a York native, have a soon-to-be three-year old daughter Ella who was born day the Revolution won their second-consecutive Atlantic League Championship, on Sunday, October 2, 2011 when they defeated the Long Island Ducks in Game 4 to take the series 3-1.

Thurman was scheduled to start that game, but never even made it to the ballpark that day in order to be with his wife and newborn daughter.  Nick Schumacher stepped in and pitched on three-days rest and got the win for York anyway.  Hours later at the victory celebration at Granfalloons Tavern, Thurman received the “victory shower” he missed out on in the clubhouse from all his teammates, right at the bar.  It was an unusual and unforgettable day to say the least.

-Paul Braverman

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