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First Atlantic League All-Defensive team named, Andres Perez is first baseman

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This year marks the first time the Atlantic League has named an all-defense team, and the 2015 season accolades continue to pile up for Andres Perez, who has been named the team’s first baseman.

Officially, the team is the “2015 Red, White and Blue All-Defense Team,” a nod to the vintage-inspired red and blue-stitched baseball introduced by Rawlings and the Atlantic League at this season’s All-Star Game in Bridgeport.  The ball, a homage to the red and blue-stitched ball used in the American League in the 1920s and 30s, was used for the remainder of the season and will be the official Atlantic League ball moving forward.  (Pictured below.)

Included in the All-Defense team is the “Rawlings Gold Glove Defensive Player of the Year Award” in the Atlantic League.  The inaugural winner is Long Island Ducks shortstop Dan Lyons.

Perez being named to the team is all the more impressive, considering he spent 2015 still transitioning to a new position, after earning All-ALPB honors at second base with the Revolution in 2012 and 2013.  Perez boasted a .990 fielding percentage this season, committing just eight errors in 135 games played.  He played in all but four games in 2015, started the first 51 games of the season, and played in the first 64 before being given a true day off.

The full team listing is after the jump, which includes the winner of Grounds Crew of the Year:

Catcher:  Juan Apodaca, Lancaster
First Base:  Andres Perez, York
Second Base:  Nate Spears, Somerset
Third Base:  Patrick Palmeiro, Sugar Land
Shortstop:  Dan Lyons, Long Island
Outfield:  Wellington Dotel, Bridgeport
Outfield:  Carlos Guzman, Camden
Outfield:  Michael Rockett, Camden
Pitcher:  Roy Merritt, Somerset

Grounds Crew of the Year:  Sugar Land Skeeters, Constellation Field
Head Groundskeeper:  Brad Detmore

And if you’re scoring at home, Andres Perez added this honor to the following this season:

  • Revolution career hits leader
  • Revolution career RBI leader
  • Revolution career doubles leader
  • Revolution career games played leader
  • Revolution triple crown (.291/16 HR/ 92 RBI)
  • Led the Atlantic League in RBI
  • Up to second on the Revolution career home run list, now trailing Chris Nowak (2011-2012) by just seven homers
  • Named 2015 York Revolution Team Most Valuable Player
  • Started at 1B for Freedom Division in the Atlantic League All-Star Game at Bridgeport
  • All-Atlantic League Postseason All-Star Team

ALPB Ball

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