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Stephen Penney named 2015 Community Outreach Player of the Year

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Revolution President Eric Menzer and Manager Mark Mason presented Stephen Penney with this plaque prior to the game on September 2, honoring him as Community Outreach Player of the Year for 2015.

In conjunction with United Way Campaign Kick-Off Night at Santander Stadium on September 2, right-handed reliever Stephen Penney was presented with the York Revolution 2015 Community Outreach Player of the Year award prior to the game. The Revs wore special “Live United” jerseys pictured above, and a silent auction of the game-worn uniforms from the 9-2 win over Camden benefited the United Way.

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.

Penney, in his fourth season with the Revolution, was a logical choice as this season’s honoree.  The award is also very much a reflection of his efforts as one of the Revolution’s go-to players for community measures both inside and outside of the ballpark over the last several years.  The previous winners of the Community Outreach Player of the Year award are after the jump:

Community Outreach Player of the Year
2014:  RHP Ian Durham
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

On the field, Penney has been no slouch either for York, his trademark being his control.  In his first three seasons with the Revs, he posted a 2.99 composite ERA in 156.2 innings pitched.  He struck out 139 batters in that time, issuing just 32 walks.  This season as of September 2, he’s whiffed 32 batters in 46.1 innings over 49 appearances.  His four saves this season give him 13 all-time in a Revolution uniform.

Earlier this season, Penney became the first pitcher in Revs history to reach the 200 appearance mark, and supplanted Corey Thurman atop the all-time York list.  His inning of scoreless relief on September 2 was his 213th career game for the Revolution.  An updated list of all-time franchise appearance leaders is below.

Stephen Penney (2012-15), 213
Corey Thurman (2008-15), 181
R.J. Rodriguez (2010-12), 145
Sean Stidfole (2010-11), 128
Edward Paredes (2013-15), 123
Rommie Lewis (2013-15), 116
Jason Olson (2007-09), 108
Beau Vaughan (2013-15), 97
Travis Phelps (2008-09), 90
Julio DePaula (2013-15), 87

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York Revolution all-time appearance leader Stephen Penney pitching in York during his first season with the club, circa 2012.

-Paul Braverman

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