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Eric Patterson sets franchise record for extra base hits

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Although Justin Greene was named York Revolution MVP for 2014 as he won the Atlantic League batting title and set York’s all-time mark, it was hardly an easy decision.  All Chad Tracy did was finish second in the league in home runs and lead the league in RBI.  Eric Patterson could also stake his claim to the hardware, after he rolled up a Revolution-record 67 extra base hits.  He surpassed Chris Nowak’s record of 63 in 2012, 34 of which were homers.

Patterson, who established a new Atlantic League single-season record for triples with 17, extending a record he surpassed with this 14th, added 15 home runs and 35 doubles while hitting .301 in 132 games.  67 is two short of the league record for extra base hits in a season, which belongs to Tommy Everidge of the 2011 Lancaster Barnstormers.  Last season in 62 games with York, Patterson collected 34 extra base hits, (15 doubles, six triples, 13 homers), giving him 101 extra base hits in a Revolution uniform.  That is 27 shy of the franchise mark of 128 held by Scott Grimes.  Should Patterson return to York next season, that record is in peril.

His 23 career triples with York leads the franchise all-time list by 10, ahead of 13 for Grimes.  Before Patterson, the Revs single-season record was just eight triples, by Grimes in 2010.  As a Major Leaguer, Patterson has seven career triples between 2009 and 2011 with the A’s, Red Sox and Padres.

Greene, Patterson and Tracy may all be in consideration for Atlantic League Player of The Year honors.  Despite Greene being selected team MVP, all three are deserving.  Having a decision to make like that for the local hardware was a great problem to have.

-Paul Braverman

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