The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hardly packed it in early for the holiday, working right up until Thursday when they signed Revolution left-handed reliever Edward Paredes to a minor league contract.
This is a great development for Paredes’ career, as despite entering his ninth professional season, he’s only 29. Paredes spent almost three full seasons with the Revolution, and grew into one of the better middle-relief southpaws in the Atlantic League. In 131 career games with York (141 innings), his ERA is exactly 3.00, with a nearly 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio. The Villa Arriva, Dominican Republic native averaged better than a strikeout per inning with the Revs, fanning 152 during his time in the White Rose City. Paredes struck out a remarkable 73 batters in just 57 innings in 2015.
We have a name and logo for the newest Atlantic League franchise is New Britain, Connecticut. The “Bees” will host the Revolution on Opening Day 2016, April 21 at New Britain Stadium.
In addition to playing in the team’s inaugural series (four games), it won’t take long for the Revs and Bees to get acquainted, as York hosts New Britain to begin their second homestand of the season, May 10-15. Those six games feature three against the Bees and the Sugar Land Skeeters, so bring your “fly” swatters but keep the infestation jokes to a minimum.
The 2016 Atlantic League schedule is out two weeks later than last year, due to the Camden Riversharks being replaced by the new organization in New Britain, CT. It won’t be long before the Revolution get to know the ALPB’s first new franchise since 2012, as the Revs will play in their inaugural game on April 21. York’s opening day will be April 28 against Sugar Land. Download the printable calendar version of the 2016 schedule by CLICKING HERE. (Game times TBA.)
Here’s the full press release, with the full schedule in list format after the jump:
YORK REVOLUTION RELEASE 10TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON SCHEDULE
#Revs10 begins Thursday, April 21 in New Britain, Connecticut; home opener is Thursday, April 28 vs. Sugar Land
(York, Pa.): The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball has released the 2016 schedule, with Opening Day set for Thursday, April 21. The York Revolution will open their 10th season of play that evening at New Britain Stadium in Connecticut, in the first game in franchise history for a yet-to-be-named new entry into the ALPB. After a seven game road trip to New Britain and Somerset to begin the season, York’s home opener is slated for Thursday, April 28 against the Sugar Land Skeeters.
2016 is the first season the Revolution will open on the road since playing in Sugar Land’s inaugural game in 2012. It will be the fifth time York has opened on the road overall. The opening homestand at Santander Stadium will last eight games, four against the Skeeters and the Bridgeport Bluefish through May 5.
With the news earlier this month that newcomer New Britain, CT would play in the Atlantic League in 2016, it unfortunately meant a current league member would not, as the league is adamant about keeping an even number of franchises. Otherwise, the all-travel Road Warriors would have to be reintroduced, a situation the league has not been in since 2011, and one with obvious burdens the ALPB does not wish to re-visit.
On October 21 it was announced the Camden Riversharks, after 15 seasons at Campbell’s Field across the river from Philadelphia, had ceased operations. While it’s exciting to welcome a new league member in New Britain, made possible by the Double-A Eastern League franchise that had been calling their ballpark home relocating to nearby Hartford, it’s nonetheless disappointing to lose the second-closest team to York and a natural rival from the league lineup. The Riversharks’ lease at Campbell’s Field expired following the season, and was not successfully renegotiated.
Also falling by the wayside is the best setting in the Atlantic League, in the opinion of this humble writer, pictured above. It was pretty cool to sit on the first base side at Campbell’s Field, where you get an awesome view of the Philadelphia skyline and the Delaware River under the Ben Franklin Bridge, which connects New Jersey and Philadelphia. It was definitely one of the best settings for a game in pro baseball.
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:
The All-Atlantic League postseason all-star team has been announced, with two Revs earning accolades: Andres Perez at first base and Bryan Pounds at third.
For Perez, it’s his third selection to the all-league team; he was honored as the ALPB’s top second baseman in 2012 and 2013 with the Revolution, before a position change and playing last season with the Sioux City Explorers in the American Association. The honors were steady and numerous for Perez in 2015; he became the franchise career hits, RBI and doubles leader, and also took over the top spot on the Revolution all-time games played list. After a slow start to the season, Perez slashed .291/16 HR/92 RBI on the season, his 92 RBI leading the Atlantic League, the third time in four years a York first baseman did so (Chris Nowak 2012 & Chad Tracy 2014). Perez led the league in RBI by nine and was fourth in home runs, ascending to second on the Revolution career list, now just seven homers behind Nowak. Perez was an easy choice for 2015 Revolution MVP, as selected by the team’s front office, as he also finished a team triple crown and earlier in the season started for the Freedom Division at first base in the Atlantic League All-Star Game at Bridgeport.
The York Revolution has announced the Atlantic League contract of infielder Mikey Reynolds has been purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals. It marks the first time in the nine-year history of the Revolution that St. Louis has purchased the contract of a York player in-season, and Reynolds is the second former Rev to join the Cardinals organization.
Reynolds joined York shortly after the 2015 season began, signing with the Revolution on April 28 after his rights were acquired from the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the American Association a day earlier. Reynolds quickly became a fixture in the Revs lineup as the club’s primary leadoff man, with his average ascending to .346 by May 25. On that date however, Reynolds sustained a broken thumb on his throwing hand on a ground ball, and the injury sidelined him nearly seven weeks, as he returned to the lineup July 11.