Revolution release Corey Thurman
This is the official press release from the Revolution regarding the transaction:
With Atlantic League rosters needing to be reduced to 25 active players on June 1, the York Revolution has released starting pitcher Corey Thurman. The transaction concludes the tenure of easily the most decorated player in franchise history. Thurman has 66 Atlantic League wins, all with the Revolution, placing him second on the league’s all-time win list.
Thurman, 36, first came to York for the 2008 season. Going 11-9 that year, he posted his first of four double-digit win seasons with the Revs. Thurman’s best two-season run came in 2011 and 2012, when he went a combined 27-6 those years, with a 3.58 ERA. Thurman was 66-50 career with York.
“Every decision we make with regards to our roster is a difficult one,” said Revolution Field Manager Mark Mason. “This decision was obviously the toughest, knowing how important Thurm is to our fans, our area, and to the history of this franchise. He’s a great competitor and has been a tremendous pitcher in in the Atlantic League,” Mason continued.
“Throughout my tenure here as pitching coach and manager, his contributions as a pitcher were obvious. The real intangibles; his work with young baseball players in York County, the joy he gave fans, and the way he motivated and cared about his teammates is what we’ll miss about him most,” said Mason.
Thurman is York’s all-time leader in wins, starts (180), innings (980.1), strikeouts (667) and quality starts (60). 2015 is his 20th professional season, originally a fourth round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in 1996. He appeared in 49 Major League games (four starts) for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002 and 2003.
“We can’t thank Corey Thurman enough for his contributions to this organization,” said York Revolution President Eric Menzer. “For so long, Corey was an indispensable part of the Revolution both on and off the field. It is rare in minor league baseball that one player makes that kind of contribution to building a tradition of perennial winners and playoff teams.
“In sports, there are times that tough decisions have to be made based on the needs on the field, and this was one of them. We know Corey has a close connection to our fans and the York community and that makes certain baseball decisions more difficult than others. This was one of those decisions,” Menzer continued.
Atlantic League clubs are permitted to carry 27 active players until June 1, when rosters must be reduced to 25 active for the remainder of the season.