Along with the rest of the baseball world, all of us at the York Revolution were heartbroken to learn of the passing of one of its greats, with the loss of Andy Marte this past weekend. It was one of baseball’s darkest days in a long time, as of course his fellow countryman and budding star Yordano Ventura lost his life in a separate accident.
It’s always gut-wrenching to learn of the death of any young person in their prime, and whenever it happens in the sports world, it hits close to home. Somewhere there is a team, just like ours, that loses one of its own, and you can’t help but put yourself in their shoes a little bit. Obviously this weekend’s news hit right at home, as it feels like not long ago that Marte was suiting up for the Revs and mashing Atlantic League pitching on his return to the Majors.
Adding another layer to the heartbreak is the fact that Marte had planned to return to the Revs in 2017, having had talks with the coaching staff just days before his accident. What a moment it would have been to welcome him back to the place where his MLB comeback began four years earlier.
Marte was already one of the greats in Revolution history, despite having not been in York for all that long. It was August 4, 2013, when the Angels purchased his contract from York, after he had gone on a massive tear through the summer months that had him firmly entrenched as one of the top hitters in the Atlantic League, hardly a surprise given his pedigree. One particular summer afternoon comes to mind: July 14, 2013, against Southern Maryland, when Marte bashed a pair of home runs including an extra innings game-winner.
But the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Marte actually isn’t his excellence on the field, but the impact that he had off of it. Quiet by nature, Marte always struck me as sort of a gentle giant who simply led by example. His approach and professionalism was admirable. He was extremely highly respected by his teammates, and went about his work each day, embracing the Atlantic League as his road back to the majors. Very respectful and friendly with teammates, fans, and anyone he came in contact with, he was truly one of the good guys, something that players across the game echoed on social media in the past couple of days when paying their tributes.
After suffering an injury that denied him a call-up that September, he signed with Arizona for the 2014 season, where he would make his return to the Majors that year. He was called up on July 31, arriving at Chase Field after the game had started, and entered in the sixth inning of a game against Pittsburgh, blasting a pinch-hit home run in his first at-bat. I remember how proud our coaching staff was that night here in York, as just a year earlier; he was doing the same in a Revolution uniform.
It was typical of Marte’s work ethic, that the day Mark Mason first called him at home in the Dominican Republic to sign him in 2013, Marte was hard at work tending to his livestock. “They were cackling in the background or whatever sound they make,” recalled Mason.
It is tough to comprehend the loss of someone young, or of a professional athlete whose strength and skill make them seem invincible. Most of all, our thoughts are with his family and those that were closest to him.
Sunday was among the most tragic days our sport has endured, and the baseball world is in mourning. It’s clear that Marte had a profound impact on many during his time here and throughout his other travels in baseball, albeit far too short-lived. But we are fortunate to have had him here along the way. As one of our MLB alumni, his Diamondbacks banner still adorns the sidewalk along Brooks Robinson Plaza.
The game lost a great one on Sunday. On and off the field, Andy Marte truly was one of the greats.
Piggy-backing off of a strong performance with the Revs in 2016, Jose Arredondo is garnering interest from multiple Major League clubs including the New York Mets while pitching in Venezuela this winter, according to this New York Daily News report.
Through December 25, Arredondo is only 1-4, but sports a 3.62 ERA in 30 games for Bravos de Margarita this off-season (27.1 IP, 23 H, 12 R, 11 ER, 15 BB, 28 SO). Last season, Arredondo went 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 35 games with York.
The Revs, of course, already have a bullpen alum who went on to pitch for the Mets as Scott Rice did so in 2013-14, before returning to York where he was Arredondo’s teammate last summer. We’ll continue to keep an eye on Arredondo’s progress.
With winter in full swing we are counting down the days until opening day more obsessively than ever here at the York Revolution offices. Check out this snapshot of some of your favorite Revs players that are tearing it up in the winter leagues this off season.
Ricardo Gomez – Criollos de Caguas (Puerto Rico: Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente)
- 1.83 ERA
- 19 SO
- 19 IP
- 14 SV
Julio DePaula – Aguilaas de Zulia (Venezuela: Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional)
- 4.97 ERA
- 11 SO
- 25.1 IP
Manny Corpas – Bravos de Margarita (Venezuela: Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional)
- 1.19 ERA
- 25 SO
- 22.2 IP
Jorge Martinez – Cardenales de Lara (Venezuela: Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional)
- 2.52 ERA
- 42 SO
- 60.2 IP
Mike DeMark – Cardenales de Lara (Venezuela: Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional)
- 2.25 ERA
- 4 SO
- 6 SV
- 8 IP
Alfredo Marte – Aguilas Cibaenas (Dominican Republic: Liga de Beisbol Dominicano)
- .311 AVG
- 1 HR
- 6 RBI
- .408 OBP
Justin Greene – Yaquis de Obregon (Mexico: Liga Mexicana del Pacifico
- .310 AVG
- 1 HR
- 6 RBI
- 12 SB
Keep an eye out for the following Revs as games around the winter leagues continue.
Josh Judy – Aguilas Cibaenas (Domican Republc: Liga del Beisbol Dominicano)
Ian Thomas – Gigantes del Cibao (Dominican Republic: Liga del Beisbol Dominicano)
Edward Paredes – Leones del Escogido (Dominican Republic: Liga del Beisbol Dominicano)
Nate Reed – Tomateros de Culiacan (Mexico: Liga Mexicana del Pacifico)
Isaias Tejada – Aguilas Cibaenas (Dominican Republic: Liga del Beisbol Dominicano)
Salvador Paniagua – Aguilas Cibaenas (Dominican Republic: Liga del Beisbol Dominicano)
Former York Revolution lefty Edward Paredes has signed with the Detroit Tigers for the 2017 season, joining his second MLB organization since his time in York. Paredes was outstanding at the Double-A level with the Arkansas Travelers in the Angels system last year, going 2-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 46 outings and being selected to the Texas League All-Star Game. The 30-year-old finally got an opportunity after three excellent seasons in York (2013-15), where he went 9-6 with a 3.00 ERA in 131 career appearances. Hat tip to former Revs marketing guru Paul Braverman, who pointed out that he had a teammate with the Travelers, Eduardo Paredes, also a lefty, who has been promoted to the Angels’ 40-man roster. They are, in fact, two different humans.
After a successful 2016 season spent in York, the next step on the comeback trail for Micah Owings will take him to the Seattle Mariners organization. Owings announced his signing with Seattle on Twitter, Monday afternoon.
The Major League veteran returned to professional baseball for the first time since the 2014 season with the Revs, and embraced York as his summer home as well as the Atlantic League as his path back to the big leagues where he has pitched for parts of six years with the Diamondbacks, Reds, and Padres. The 34-year-old was one of the on-field and clubhouse leaders of a Revolution squad that won 76 games, three shy of the franchise record.
Owings will join the Mariners where he will look to complete a five-year big league comeback in 2017, having last pitched in the Majors with San Diego in 2012.
We caught up with Owings by phone on Tuesday morning and got his thoughts on time well-spent in York: (more…)
Isaias Tejeda and Telvin Nash were two of the biggest reasons why the York Revolution won the first half Freedom Division championship. Collectively, they hit .310 with 21 home runs, 26 doubles, and 51 RBIs before signing with the Braves and White Sox, respectively, on consecutive days in June. The Revs were able to lock up the playoff berth without them, and both Tejeda and Nash have been thriving in the Advanced-A Carolina League during their first few weeks away from PeoplesBank Park.
As the Revolution opens up the season with a week on the road, it’s time to take a moment to drop in on eight former York standouts who are also thriving away from PeoplesBank Park.
Jose Constanza – OF, 2015
Constanza is hitting the ground running for Leones de Yucatan in the Mexican League, hitting .417 with a pair of runs and an RBI in his first three games. The former major leaguer made a 31-game stop in York last summer, hitting .324 and stealing 21 bases en route to 29 runs. (more…)