2014 Revolution Awards: Justin Greene MVP, Ian Durham top community man
The York Revolution handed out their two annual player awards prior to the September 12 home game against Long Island.
Right fielder Justin Greene was named 2014 Revolution Most Valuable Player. In his first 100 games this season after signing with York on May 23, Greene batted .361, good for a 14-point lead for best in the Atlantic League. The seven-year pro will lay waste to the franchise single-season record of .339 by Ramon Castro in 2010. Greene is still chasing Vic Rodriguez of the 2004 Somerset Patriots, who owns the 10-year-old league record of .371. This player is not just a singles hitter either; Greene has mashed 37 extra base hits so far this season as well, including six triples. During a stretch of five home games from June 28 to July 2, he led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run three times. His four lead off home runs in the first inning this season is also a Revolution record. To make it simple, when he hits, the Revs hit.
Right-handed reliever Ian Durham was named Community Outreach Player of The Year. Each season, the organization selects one player who goes above and beyond his player contract, to help ensure the York Revolution remain the most family-friendly outlet in the area. The award goes to a player that has a true understanding of the role a minor league baseball franchise plays in its community. Durham was volunteering for a school reading assembly less than three days after arriving in York for preseason camp, and also sacrificed an off-day earlier in the season in May to read to another group of youngsters who were on the edge of their seats for the opportunity to hang out with a pro baseball player. On the field, the four-year pro sported a 5-1 record with a 2.92 ERA in his first 59 innings pitched this season, tallying 59 strikeouts against just 19 walks.
A full listing of award winners back through franchise history is after the jump:
Community Outreach Player of the Year
2013: LHP Rommie Lewis
2012: RHP Adam Thomas
2011: OF Chris Walker
2010: RHP Ryan Basner
2009: LHP Daryl Harang
2008: RHP Jason Olson
2007: INF Keoni DeRenne
Revolution Most Valuable Player:
2013: LHP Chris Cody
2012: 1B Chris Nowak
2011: 1B Chris Nowak / RHP Corey Thurman (Co-MVPs)
2010: OF Scott Grimes
2009: INF Keoni DeRenne
2008: OF Jason Aspito
2007: 1B Nate Espy
Keoni DeRenne remains the only player to win both awards during his Revolution career.