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:
When it was announced in preseason camp lefty Rommie Lewis would be a starter for the Revolution, perhaps it raised a few eyebrows. After all, Lewis had found much success as a reliever, pitching in 20 Major League games out of Toronto’s bullpen in 2010 and 2011; his last season as a full-time starter being 2003 at High-A Frederick in Baltimore’s system. Last season, Lewis saved 28 games for York, setting the Revolution single-season record for saves and becoming the all-time franchise save leader in the process.
If the decision wasn’t already validated by Lewis’s 2.65 ERA in his first seven starts, it certainly was on June 7 when Lewis tossed his first complete game in 12 years since that 2003 season with Frederick, his third as a pro. (7/3/03 at Winston-Salem.)
That game in the Carolina League was not a complete-game shutout however, which is what Lewis did on a Sunday evening for York. Needing just 106 pitches to conquer the Lancaster Barnstormers in a 3-0 victory, Lewis tossed the sixth complete game shutout in Revolution history, joining Chris Steinborn, Shaun Garceau, Lorenzo Barcelo, Chris Waters and Chris Cody. He scattered just five hits, with a lone walk. Lewis struck out four, with two of them coming in a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
RHP Julio DePaula’s return to York wound up being short-lived, as his contract has been purchased by the Tijuana Toros of the Mexican League. In nine games this year with the Revolution, he threw nine and a third innings, allowing 10 hits and four earned runs to go with nine strikeouts and three walks. He converted two saves.
Right-hander Brad Bergesen has been signed in DePaula’s place. Bergesen, who has pitched in four Major League seasons between 2009 and 2012 with Baltimore and Arizona, has 102 MLB appearances, and 59 starts. He will be a reliever with the Revs, at least to begin.
By our count, when LHP Shawn Teuful signed with the Revolution prior to this season, he became the 18th Rev past and present who had a blood or close relative that played Major League Baseball. In five cases, both the relative and the Rev played in the Majors. The list:
OF Erold Andrus (2010): Brother of Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus.
OF Steve Bumbry (2014): Son of longtime Orioles outfielder and coach Al Bumbry, who was also a coach for the Revolution in 2007.
OF Edgard Clemente (2008): Nephew of Hall-of-Famer Roberto Clemente. Edgard appeared in 114 MLB games between 1998 and 2000 with the Rockies and Angels.
2B Jose Enrique Cruz (2008): Nephew of longtime MLB outfielder Jose Cruz, cousin of his son, 12-season MLB outfielder Jose Cruz Jr.
3B Jake Daubert (2008): Daubert’s great, great grandfather, also Jake Daubert, played first base in the Majors for 15 seasons, from 1910 to 1924 for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds. The elder Daubert died at 40 immediately after his final season on October 9, 1924, after the Reds’ season had ended just days earlier on September 28. (more…)
When RHP Julio DePaula re-signed with York after his brief MLB cameo with the Orioles last season, he became the ninth player to appear for the Revolution one season removed from being on a Major League roster. The situation did not occur last season. The current list:
2007: Pitcher Wayne Franklin, with the Braves in 2006
2008: Pitcher Aaron Rakers, with the Orioles in 2007
2008: Infielder Shea Hillenbrand, with the Dodgers and Angels in 2007
2009: Pitcher Rick Bauer, with the Indians in 2008
2009: Pitcher Chris Britton, with the Yankees in 2008
2012: Infielder Joe Thurston, with the Marlins in 2011
2013: Outfielder Jason Repko, with the Red Sox in 2012
2013: Outfielder Tyler Graham, with the Diamondbacks in 2012
2015: Pitcher Julio DePaula, with the Orioles in 2014
A fun thing for Oriole fans is planned for the Revolution game on Saturday, May 9; Baltimore Sun Orioles and national baseball reporter Dan Connolly, a York resident, will be on-hand signing copies of his new book, 100 Things Orioles Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase ($15) at a table on the concourse before and during the game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, a 6:30 p.m. first pitch. Gates open for the game at 5:30.
The long, strange journey of Julio DePaula has circled back to York. A recap:
- 2007: Makes MLB debut pitching in 16 games out of Minnesota Twins bullpen.
- 2010: Pitches for Hanwha in the Korean Baseball Organization.
- 2013: 50 appearances out of Revolution bullpen (2.89 ERA in 56 IP).
- 2014: Begins season with Revolution, appears in 28 games (2.48 ERA in 29 IP, 30 K, only 8 BB).
- June 26, 2014: DePaula’s Atlantic League contract purchased by Baltimore Orioles, assigned to Double-A Bowie of Eastern League.
- July 7, 2014: DePaula’s contract selected from Bowie by Baltimore. He joined the Orioles in Washington for that night’s game, but would not see any action. Nevertheless, the 11-day ascent from the Revolution to a Major League roster set a franchise record. DePaula completed a seven-year MLB comeback.
- July 8, 2014: Assigned back to Bowie by the Orioles. (Would pitch in 21 total games for them, 43 strikeouts and just 13 walks in 38 innings, three saves.)
- November 24, 2014: Signs as a free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Assigned to Triple-A Reno during spring training.)
- May 1, 2015: Signs with York Revolution following release by Dbacks.