With Friday’s thrilling 6-4 come-from-behind win over the Bridgeport Bluefish, Mark Mason became the winningest manager in the history of the York Revolution. The win was his 238th all-time at the helm, surpassing his predecessor Andy Etchebarren who won 237 games during his tenure. Mason was recognized during pregame festivities prior to Saturday night’s home game. (more…)
Major League Baseball grants free agency to all players with expiring contracts five days after the conclusion of the World Series, granted that player hasn’t re-signed with their organization. In the case of players who had their contracts purchased from an Atlantic League team, their release is automatic following the World Series. That’s just a point of procedure, and not necessarily a comment on how that player performed. Five former Revolution players, and several other Atlantic League alums are now in one of those two categories:
OF Shannon Wilkerson (’15, Twins): Upon joining Double-A Chattanooga from York on July 9, Wilkerson made an immediate impact with his new club with a hot start, not unlike his first days with the Revolution in late May. He ended up being a fixture in Chattanooga’s lineup as leadoff hitter, and helped them to the Southern League Championship. Wilkerson’s .292/1 HR/22 RBI showing in 49 games with Chattanooga in his age 26 season should go a long way in Minnesota’s considerations to re-sign him. If not, it won’t be long before he finds work elsewhere. If he were available to the Revolution either before or following spring training, he almost certainly would be signed by Manager Mark Mason.
The video above is just a small token of our appreciation for what was a wonderful ninth season in Downtown York. You may have heard rumblings by now, but big things are in store for next season when we’ll celebrate our 10th anniversary. (CLICK HERE to vote for the 10th Anniversary team.) As usual, Revolution fans were the truth during the 2015 season, and right through the final series against Somerset. The second to last game of the season September 19 drew a season-high 6,291 fans to Santander Stadium (11-6 win), and a day later the season ended with the third-largest crowd of 2015, when the Little League National Champions from Red Land were in the house in front of 6,053 (7-3 win).
It says a lot about the fans when two of your three 6,000-plus crowds for the season are on the final two days when the team is out of the playoff race, but our most fervent fans know better than anyone the second half Revs were a much different club than the first half this season:
Prior to the game on September 19, York Revolution infielder Andres Perez was presented with the organization’s Most Valuable Player award for the 2015 season, by Team President Eric Menzer and Manager Mark Mason. All Perez did to celebrate the occasion was go 4-for-5 with a two-run double and a three-run homer, and his six total RBI helped the Revs beat Somerset 11-6 in the penultimate game of the season. The Saturday night crowd at Santander Stadium was a season-high 6,291.
In his third season as a Rev, Perez has re-written a good portion of the York record book. On July 19 at Lancaster, he became the Revolution all-time hit leader with his 384th in franchise history, and sits at 465 career hits with York after September 19. That’s now 82 more hits than the man Perez passed, James Shanks (383).
Perez is also the career-Revolution leader in doubles (105), extra-base hits (163), total bases (738), games played (395) and at-bats (1556). His 248 RBI in a Revs uniform makes him the all-time franchise leader in that category as well. (The night Perez became the franchise RBI leader August 14 at Bridgeport, he also drove in six runs, in a 3-for-6 effort, also with a double and a homer in a 13-5 win.) Perez is currently second on the Revolution career home run list; his 16 this season makes for a total of 52, seven shy of Chris Nowak’s 59.
Already having taken over the top spot on the Revolution all-time hits list July 19, and the all-time total bases tally a day later, Andres Perez truly kicked his summer into high-gear August 5-8 in a four-game home sweep of Southern Maryland.
The sweep saw York pound out a season-high 18 hits twice, (11-18-17-18), outscoring SOMD 39-13 while piling up 64 hits (seven homers). The sweep also extended York’s home winning streak to nine consecutive games, the second longest in franchise history. The only 10-game Revolution home win streak to date came between August 19 and September 1 in the 2011 championship season.
The 39 runs in a four-game series is the third-highest total for the Revs in such a series in their history, and the most since 2010 when they scored 42 runs in four games at home against Camden in July, and 52 in four against Lancaster later that season in September.
As impressive as the team accolades were however, the straw that stirred the drink to get the York offense going was Perez, who began the Southern Maryland series 7 for his first 8 and 10 for his first 12 at the plate. He doubled in all four games and drove in at least one run in all four:
Revolution starting pitcher Shawn Hill has departed but is still planning to play somewhere. The news came down the day after his final start for York, a 6-5 loss at Camden on August 1. Hill helped the Canadian Senior National Team to their second gold medal in as many Pan-Am Games with a six-inning shutout of Cuba last month, and pauses his season despite winning two of his three starts for the Revs after re-joining the club from Team Canada. Hill allowed just an earned run in each, a five-inning performance in a 5-1 win at Long Island on July 21, and a six-inning effort in a 5-3 home win against Camden on July 26. Hill turned 34 in April, and said he does not plan to retire yet.
Although Hill departs York for the second time in his career having appeared in just 24 total games for the Revolution (22 starts), he’s made his mark as one of the more important players in Revs history:
The York Revolution has announced the release of outfielder/first baseman Johan Limonta, who played in parts of four seasons with the Revs. He was batting just .209 in 43 games this season for York, with four home runs and 11 RBI.
Unfortunately, it’s the second time this season one of the most accomplished and popular players in Revolution history was released. It’s yet another demonstration however that Manager Mark Mason is serious about re-tooling his roster to make a run at a second half division title, as one of the worst halves in Revolution history comes to a close. The clubhouse is certainly getting younger as some respected veterans have been involved in some tough decisions of late. As was the case with Corey Thurman’s release, it’s strictly based on numbers, as like Thurman, Limonta was certainly beloved by fans and respected greatly by his teammates.
It’s surprising when you look back on it, but Limonta never played a full season with York, despite donning a Revs uniform in every season since 2012. He joined the Revolution for the final 39 games and playoffs that season after beginning the year at Triple-A Tacoma in the Mariners system and after a stint with Mexico City in the Mexican League. In 2013 Limonta began the season in York, staying just 16 games before his contract was purchased by the Padres, where he finished the season playing in 73 games for Double-A San Antonio. Coincidentally, Limonta hit the first Revolution home run in 2013, and the last homer of San Antonio’s season, a grand slam which wound up as the winning hit in Game 5 of the Texas League Championship Series, delivering San Antonio the title.