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Archive for December, 2015

Scott Rice signs with Diamondbacks

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After three seasons with the New York Mets, former Revolution lefty reliever Scott Rice has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks.  He’ll aim to reach the Majors for the first time since 2014, lest he be assigned to Triple-A Reno coming out of spring training.  Rice is on a minor league deal, for now.

While most saw the news first on the Twitter account of Yahoo! Sports baseball writer Jeff Passan, Rice for all intents and purposes broke the news himself hours earlier, with the semi-cryptic tweet above, rife with clever emoji use.

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New for 2016: PeoplesBank Park

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The York Revolution’s 10th anniversary season will be ushered in with the third iteration of their downtown home.  The former Santander Stadium, previously Sovereign Bank Stadium, will now be known as PeoplesBank Park through at least the 2022 season.  The various options for the current agreement between the Revolution and PeoplesBank could extend the deal as long as 2035.

Prior to the 2014 season, the ballpark’s name was changed from Sovereign Bank Stadium to Santander Stadium, following Spanish banking conglomerate Santander’s purchase of Boston-based Sovereign.  The agreement with PeoplesBank means the York Revolution’s stadium naming rights belong to a York County-owned company for the first time.

The name change is effective immediately, and over the next several weeks leading up to the Revolution’s home opener on April 28, all ballpark signage will be changed.  The official press release from the York Revolution is after the jump:

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Keoni DeRenne moves up Pirates coaching ladder

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Former York Revolution infielder Keoni DeRenne (’07-’09)  is entering his fifth season as a minor league coach in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, and will serve as hitting coach for the A-Advanced Bradenton Marauders of the Florida State League in 2016.  DeRenne spent the last two seasons as hitting coach for the West Virginia Power of the Class A South Atlantic League.  Bradenton also serves as Pittsburgh’s spring training and rookie ball complex.

DeRenne first joined the Pirates prior to the 2011 season, following his retirement as a player-coach for the Philadelphia Phillies, working/playing with four different affiliates from Class A to Triple-A in 2010.  He has even garnered some managing experience, skippering the Pirates entry in the Dominican Summer League in 2013.

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