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Limonta returning to Revs, York County native Lerew is back, Judy added

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The York Revolution 2015 preseason roster continues to take shape, with three more player signings made official today. Outfielder / first baseman Johan Limonta, right-handed starter Anthony Lerew, and righty reliever Josh Judy are all set to return to York for the upcoming season as the latest three to re-sign with the club. The signings were first announced by Revs manager Mark Mason this afternoon exclusively on “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK-AM.

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Darryl Strawberry to appear at Revolution game on June 27

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The Revolution released details of their 2015 promotional schedule on February 26, and it’s been announced eight-time MLB All-Star Darryl Strawberry will visit Santander Stadium for the game on Saturday, June 27 against Bridgeport at 6:30 p.m.  He played in 17 MLB seasons between 1983 and 1999 for the Mets, Dodgers, Giants and Yankees.

Strawberry is the guest of honor for the annual “Faith and Family Night” at the ballpark; and he’ll share parts of his personal story of redemption with the crowd prior to the game and throwing out the first pitch.  He’ll also be available for autographs during the game, one item per person, on a first come first-served basis.

Individual game tickets for the 2015 season will go on sale Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m. at YorkRevolution.com and in-person at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office at Santander Stadium.  For the full promotional schedule announcement from the team with all the big highlights, click here.  For the full season-long listing of Revolution promotions, click here.

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Episode 3: Revs Hot Stove Weekly

You can now listen to the latest episode of Revs Hot Stove Weekly in its entirety right here:

If you missed the show, Darrell Henry and Revolution Manager Mark Mason recapped the three latest official signings to the 2015 roster:  3B Travis Garcia, RHP Matt Neil and LHP Edward Paredes.

Revs Hot Stove Weekly will air every Friday at 4 p.m. on Sports Radio 1350 WOYK until the team is fully-formed in April.  It’s the only place to hear the latest additions to the 2015 roster first, as they are announced exclusively on the show.  Fans can also listen online at WOYK1350.com, or by downloading the WOYK app.


Garcia, Neil & Paredes the latest to be #AllAboard for 2015

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The York Revolution 2015 preseason roster continues to take shape, with three more player signings made official today. Infielder Travis Garcia, right-handed starter Matt Neil, and lefty reliever Edward Paredes are all set to return to York for the upcoming season as the latest three to re-sign with the club. The signings were first announced by Revs manager Mark Mason this afternoon exclusively on “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK-AM.

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Episode 2: Revs Hot Stove Weekly

You can now listen to the latest episode of Revs Hot Stove Weekly in its entirety right here:

If you missed the show live, Darrell Henry and Revolution Manager Mark Mason recapped the three latest official signings to the 2015 roster:  LHP Logan Williamson, 2B Andres Perez and RHP Beau Vaughan.  The hour includes interviews with all three players.

Revs Hot Stove Weekly will air every Friday at 4 p.m. on Sports Radio 1350 WOYK until the team is fully-formed in April.  It’s the only place to hear the latest additions to the 2015 roster first, as they are announced exclusively on the show.  Fans can also listen online at WOYK1350.com, or by downloading the WOYK app.


Williamson, Perez & Vaughan returning to Revolution

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Three key contributors to the success of the York Revolution in recent years are all set to make their return to the club this season. Left-handed starter Logan Williamson and right-handed reliever Beau Vaughan both return to the pitching staff, while infielder Andres Perez, one of the top run producers in club history, returns for the first time since the 2013 season. The signings were first announced by Revs manager Mark Mason this afternoon exclusively on “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK-AM.

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Episode 1: Revs Hot Stove Weekly

You can now listen to the pilot episode of Revs Hot Stove Weekly in its entirety right here:

If you missed the show live, Darrell Henry and Revolution Manager Mark Mason recapped the first four official signings for 2015:  RHP Corey Thurman, C Salvador Paniagua, OF Tim Battle and OF Brandon Jones.  The hour includes interviews with Thurman and Jones.

Revs Hot Stove Weekly will air every Friday at 4 p.m. on Sports Radio 1350 WOYK until the team is fully-formed in April.  It’s the only place to hear the latest additions to the 2015 roster first, as they are announced exclusively on the show.  Fans can also listen online at WOYK1350.com, or by downloading the WOYK app.


New for 2015: Alternate caps

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Expect minimal changes to the Revolution’s uniforms this season; some new road greys are in the offing but they should be very similar in design to the past three seasons.  As you can see above however, the team will introduce a new “multi-paneled” alternate cap into its repertoire.  In the classic style of the Montreal Expos or Toronto Blue Jays of yesteryear, the new lid will pair with the seldom seen yellow alternate cap with the “Talon Y” logo which was introduced last year.  Expect to see more of that one on the field this season, in addition to the new alternate, which will feature use of the “YR” logo on the field for the first time.

The navy “Y Logo” cap is returning as the primary on-field Revolution cap for a fourth year, since the identity re-design prior to the 2012 season.  All three of the on-field caps pictured above will be for sale in the First Capital Federal Credit Union Team Store, by the time the season starts.

-Paul Braverman


Talkin’ Baseball: Monday, February 23

Adam-Jones-of-the-Baltimore-Orioles._event_main It’s that time of year again; Zion Lutheran Church will hold its annual baseball talk at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 23 at 2215 Brandywine Lane in York.  As in years past, the event will feature Baltimore Sun Orioles beat writer/national baseball writer Dan Connolly discussing all things Birds, and joining him again will be Mel Antonen, who covers MLB nationally for Sports Illustrated and Sirius/XM radio, as well as MASN.  Orioles radio play-by-play voice Fred Manfra has also been added to this year’s lineup. Questions are of course welcome at the talk, which will cover the Phillies as well as the Orioles, in addition to any pressing national topics.  Feel free to come with your 2015 York Revolution questions as well.  There is no admission fee, but a freewill offering will be taken to benefit the church’s youth attending the National Youth Gathering.  In addition, autographed copies of Connolly’s soon-to-be-released book, 100 Things Orioles Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, will be available for purchase for $15 following the event. See you there!

-Paul Braverman


On a personnel note…

A few Revolution-related transactions became official over the weekend/at the end of last week, and unfortunately they aren’t the best news when it comes to team-building for the 2015 season.

  • Outfielder Justin Greene will at least begin the season playing for Saltillo of the Mexican League.  His signing became official on February 7.  At this point, a return to York this season can only be termed as a “maybe.”  Forgive the unsolicited opinion, but it’s patently ridiculous Greene did not have a spring training invite with one of the 28 organizations he hadn’t played for yet, after winning the Atlantic League batting title at .358.  Some organizations, the Orioles, Angels, Athletics and Dodgers to name a few, have done a thorough job with their pro scouting, when it comes to the ALPB and other leagues.  Other organizations need to step their game up.  Justin Greene not having a non-roster invitation to camp this year is not his failure; it’s baseball failing him.  And it’s not as if those four organizations I mentioned are just desperate for warm minor league bodies; they’ve all been in recent contention so it’s not like there’s some stigma with them doing more business with the Atlantic League.  On that note, it’s not incumbent upon the usual suspects to sign ALL the ALPB prospects.  For example it’s well known around these parts Baltimore is very deep in the outfield.  It wasn’t their job to sign Justin Greene, but it was somebody’s.  Last season, the Rays and Pirates were apparently among the most interested, but it didn’t happen.

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Battery of Thurman & Paniagua returning for 2015, OFs Battle & Jones signed

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The process of constructing the 2015 York Revolution roster is underway with the first four player signings made official by the club. All-time wins leader Corey Thurman and longtime battery mate Salvador Paniagua are set to return, while the team has also re-signed outfielder Tim Battle and acquired outfielder Brandon Jones. The signings were first announced by Revs manager Mark Mason this afternoon exclusively on the season’s first episode of “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK-AM.

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Remembering 2014: Greene’s Day

In our final installment of “Remembering 2014” this week,  we re-visit the record-breaking season Revolution outfielder Justin Greene enjoyed, leading up to York’s fourth playoff appearance in five seasons, and their fifth in eight seasons of existence.  As he became the first Rev to win the Atlantic League batting title, Greene also set the single-season franchise average record.  Now that we’re done reminiscing about last season, next up:  The first player acquisition announcements for the 2015 season on Friday!

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By Paul Braverman

When a player hits .358, any “slumps” are swallowed up in a season full of two and three-hit nights and are awfully hard to find.  For 2014 Atlantic League batting champion and York Revolution MVP Justin Greene, one slow start may have resulted in his career being taken off the fast track to the big leagues with the Arizona Diamondbacks, shifting to an unforgettable and record breaking summer detour in Central Pennsylvania.

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Orioles invite Mark Hendrickson to spring training

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For the third time in his career, Mark Hendrickson has been signed by the Baltimore Orioles.  His professional baseball career, which was preceded by four NBA seasons, will enter its 17th season.  Hendrickson, who has pitched in 10 Major League campaigns, including 113 games with the Orioles between 2009 and 2011, was offered a minor league contract by Baltimore following a try-out at their winter mini camp.  He will turn 41 on June 23.

Buck Showalter and company were at least intrigued enough by Hendrickson’s new sidearm-to-submarine arm angle to give it a whirl; should he not make the Orioles 25-man roster out of camp it’s unclear if he would be offered a roster spot at Triple-A Norfolk, or potentially return to the Revolution if he wishes to keep playing.  Hendrickson’s arm-angle transformation began with Norfolk in 2013, where he posted a 3.04 ERA in 67-plus innings.  He followed that up by dominating Atlantic League hitters last season, with a 1.53 ERA in 52-plus innings in a late-relief role, where he chipped in nine saves along with his 8th inning work.  It’s been a gradual move from side to submarine, but Hendrickson has befuddled hitters the last two seasons by using a variety of arm angles effectively from pitch to pitch.

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