Outfielder Jared Mitchell, a key member of the 2016 York Revolution playoff club and the 2017 championship squad, has signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds for the 2018 season, it was announced today.
The York Revolution made their first moves toward constructing the 2018 roster, selecting four former members of the Bridgeport Bluefish in the Atlantic League’s player dispersal draft on Wednesday morning. While none of the three players will officially become members of the 2018 Revs until signing a contract once the signing period opens in the new year, the Revs do hold their Atlantic League rights and will have exclusive negotiating rights with those players through the off-season. (more…)
We had lost sight of sharing information through this particular platform during the course of the past baseball season, but with off-season news ahead, and believe it or not, mere hours away, now is as good of a time as any to relaunch and once again start posting here on BlogtoBlog. Given this off-season’s franchise movement, we have a unique twist to kick off the 2018 preseason, as we will have player news for next season beginning tomorrow. (more…)
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.