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New for 2016: PeoplesBank Park

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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:

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Thank you fans for a great 2015 season!

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:

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Andres Perez goes 12-for-17 in four-game sweep of Blue Crabs

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Prior to the game on August 7, Andres Perez was presented with a commemorative bat by Revolution President Eric Menzer and Manager Mark Mason, for becoming the all-time franchise hits leader and the first Rev to reach the 400-hit plateau.

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:

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Revolution release Corey Thurman

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This is the official press release from the Revolution regarding the transaction:

With Atlantic League rosters needing to be reduced to 25 active players on June 1, the York Revolution has released starting pitcher Corey Thurman. The transaction concludes the tenure of easily the most decorated player in franchise history. Thurman has 66 Atlantic League wins, all with the Revolution, placing him second on the league’s all-time win list.

Thurman, 36, first came to York for the 2008 season. Going 11-9 that year, he posted his first of four double-digit win seasons with the Revs. Thurman’s best two-season run came in 2011 and 2012, when he went a combined 27-6 those years, with a 3.58 ERA. Thurman was 66-50 career with York.

“Every decision we make with regards to our roster is a difficult one,” said Revolution Field Manager Mark Mason. “This decision was obviously the toughest, knowing how important Thurm is to our fans, our area, and to the history of this franchise. He’s a great competitor and has been a tremendous pitcher in in the Atlantic League,” Mason continued.

“Throughout my tenure here as pitching coach and manager, his contributions as a pitcher were obvious. The real intangibles; his work with young baseball players in York County, the joy he gave fans, and the way he motivated and cared about his teammates is what we’ll miss about him most,” said Mason.

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Ian Thomas recalled by Braves

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Former York Revolution reliever Ian Thomas pitching at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia on April 14, 2014.

Former York Revolution reliever Ian Thomas (’12) is headed back to the big leagues.  He was recalled by the Atlanta Braves from Triple-A Gwinnett on April 21 to begin his third separate stint in the Majors with Atlanta since the beginning of last season.  In four minor league appearances so far this season, Thomas struck out seven without allowing a run or a walk, and allowed just one hit in 6.1 innings of work.

A season ago, Thomas made Atlanta’s opening day roster after spending all of the 2013 season at Double-A Mississippi, with no Triple-A experience.  He debuted on opening day in Milwaukee, then collected his first Major League strikeout against Bryce Harper in his second appearance in Washington.  Thomas spent the rest of 2014 back and forth between Atlanta and Gwinnett, gaining 16 MLB appearances out of the Braves bullpen, striking out 13 in 10.2 innings.

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“Revs Friday Night Live” to debut on Opening Day

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This past offseason, Sports Radio 1350 WOYK, under the guidance of Central PA radio czar Darrell Henry, debuted the “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” program each Friday at 4 p.m.  Each week, Henry and Revolution Manager Mark Mason unveiled the latest player signings to the Revs roster exclusively on WOYK.

While that show has run it’s course until it returns next February, WOYK will continue it’s commitment to year-round Revolution programming with the debut of “Revs Friday Night Live.” Hosted by Henry and Paul Braverman, the show will be live 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. from the brand new WOYK studios on the Brooks Robinson Plaza at Santander Stadium, prior to every Revolution Friday night home game.

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Episode 6: Revs Hot Stove Weekly

You can now listen to the latest episode of Revs Hot Stove Weekly in its entirety right here:

If you missed the show live, Darrell Henry and Revolution Manager Mark Mason recapped the three latest official signings to the 2015 roster:  2B/OF Eric Patterson, RHP Kyle Heckathorn and OF Nic Jackson.  The hour includes interviews with all three players

Revs Hot Stove Weekly will air every Friday at 4 p.m. on Sports Radio 1350 WOYK until the team is fully-formed in April.  It’s the only place to hear the latest additions to the 2015 roster first, as they are announced exclusively on the show.  Fans can also listen online at WOYK1350.com, or by downloading the WOYK app.


Episode 5: Revs Hot Stove Weekly

You can now listen to the latest episode of Revs Hot Stove Weekly in its entirety right here:

If you missed the show live, Darrell Henry and Revolution Manager Mark Mason recapped the three latest official signings to the 2015 roster:  C Alberto Espinosa, LHP Joe Harris and LHP Shawn Teufel.  The hour includes an interview with Harris live in Studio.

Revs Hot Stove Weekly will air every Friday at 4 p.m. on Sports Radio 1350 WOYK until the team is fully-formed in April.  It’s the only place to hear the latest additions to the 2015 roster first, as they are announced exclusively on the show.  Fans can also listen online at WOYK1350.com, or by downloading the WOYK app.


WOYK 1350 opens new studios at Santander Stadium

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For years, the tagline of Sports Radio 1350 WOYK has been “First in York, First in Sports.”  Now, the station’s new Downtown York studios will be one of the first things people see entering York Revolution games and other events at Santander Stadium.  The Revolution acquired the station in the autumn of 2013.

The new space, aside the stadium’s main gate was christened on Saturday, March 7 during an event where 2015 Revolution single-game tickets went on sale to the public for the first time.  Fans were given the opportunity to record fan testimonials for 2015 broadcasts of York Revolution baseball.  The operations of WOYK have moved from inside the press box at Santander Stadium.

“To be able to do all our live shows, and produce everything we need to broadcast the most live sports of any 24-hour sports station in this area in a dedicated studio is pretty special,” said Darrell Henry, General Manager of WOYK 1350, and also the radio voice of Revolution baseball and York College basketball.  “Being visible to fans and our listeners right out front of what is York’s largest meeting place was an important goal when we took control of the station.”

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Episode 4: Revs Hot Stove Weekly

You can now listen to the latest episode of Revs Hot Stove Weekly in its entirety right here:

If you missed the show live, Darrell Henry and Revolution Manager Mark Mason recapped the three latest official signings to the 2015 roster:  OF/1B Johan Limonta, RHP Anthony Lerew and RHP Josh Judy.  The hour includes interviews with all three players.

Revs Hot Stove Weekly will air every Friday at 4 p.m. on Sports Radio 1350 WOYK until the team is fully-formed in April.  It’s the only place to hear the latest additions to the 2015 roster first, as they are announced exclusively on the show.  Fans can also listen online at WOYK1350.com, or by downloading the WOYK app.


Episode 3: Revs Hot Stove Weekly

You can now listen to the latest episode of Revs Hot Stove Weekly in its entirety right here:

If you missed the show, Darrell Henry and Revolution Manager Mark Mason recapped the three latest official signings to the 2015 roster:  3B Travis Garcia, RHP Matt Neil and LHP Edward Paredes.

Revs Hot Stove Weekly will air every Friday at 4 p.m. on Sports Radio 1350 WOYK until the team is fully-formed in April.  It’s the only place to hear the latest additions to the 2015 roster first, as they are announced exclusively on the show.  Fans can also listen online at WOYK1350.com, or by downloading the WOYK app.


Episode 2: Revs Hot Stove Weekly

You can now listen to the latest episode of Revs Hot Stove Weekly in its entirety right here:

If you missed the show live, Darrell Henry and Revolution Manager Mark Mason recapped the three latest official signings to the 2015 roster:  LHP Logan Williamson, 2B Andres Perez and RHP Beau Vaughan.  The hour includes interviews with all three players.

Revs Hot Stove Weekly will air every Friday at 4 p.m. on Sports Radio 1350 WOYK until the team is fully-formed in April.  It’s the only place to hear the latest additions to the 2015 roster first, as they are announced exclusively on the show.  Fans can also listen online at WOYK1350.com, or by downloading the WOYK app.


Episode 1: Revs Hot Stove Weekly

You can now listen to the pilot episode of Revs Hot Stove Weekly in its entirety right here:

If you missed the show live, Darrell Henry and Revolution Manager Mark Mason recapped the first four official signings for 2015:  RHP Corey Thurman, C Salvador Paniagua, OF Tim Battle and OF Brandon Jones.  The hour includes interviews with Thurman and Jones.

Revs Hot Stove Weekly will air every Friday at 4 p.m. on Sports Radio 1350 WOYK until the team is fully-formed in April.  It’s the only place to hear the latest additions to the 2015 roster first, as they are announced exclusively on the show.  Fans can also listen online at WOYK1350.com, or by downloading the WOYK app.


Battery of Thurman & Paniagua returning for 2015, OFs Battle & Jones signed

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The process of constructing the 2015 York Revolution roster is underway with the first four player signings made official by the club. All-time wins leader Corey Thurman and longtime battery mate Salvador Paniagua are set to return, while the team has also re-signed outfielder Tim Battle and acquired outfielder Brandon Jones. The signings were first announced by Revs manager Mark Mason this afternoon exclusively on the season’s first episode of “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK-AM.

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2015 Revolution player signings to be exclusively announced on WOYK

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Revolution fans searching for the first word on which players have signed with the team for the 2015 season will only need to find York’s only station for local sports.  The organization has announced each new roster addition will be announced live on the new “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” program to air on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK each Friday at 4 p.m. beginning Friday, February 6.  Shows will run into mid-April, leading up to the regular season opener at home against the Long Island Ducks on Friday, April 24.

The show will be hosted by Darrell Henry, with the help of York Revolution Manager Mark Mason.  Anywhere from two to four new player additions to the 2015 roster will be announced exclusively on the show each Friday, well before any official announcement is made by the team on social media or otherwise.  Revs fans will have to tune their radio dial to 1350, listen online at WOYK1350.com or via the WOYK mobile app to be the first to know each Friday.

“Revs Hot Stove Weekly”  will also air other Revolution and Atlantic League content.  The official release from the Revolution is below after the jump:

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New for 2015: L.E.D. signage to light up Santander Stadium

Today the York Revolution announced plans for a drastic upgrade to the stadium’s electronic signage.  New high-definition L.E.D. scoreboards will be installed in left-center and right-center fields, over 100 feet total.   A new high-def marquee sign will also be added on the Brooks Robinson Plaza.

Check out the video below for the full artist’s renderings, and the official press release is after the jump.  The release can also be found here: http://www.yorkrevolution.com/blog/post/79/minor-league8230major-electronics

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Remembering 2014: Memories of 500 home games with Darrell Henry

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The off-season is upon us, but we have plenty of content to keep you occupied here at BlogToBlogChamps.  Each Monday, we’ll publish a feature from the 2014 York Revolutionary Times, the official game day magazine of the York Revolution, for you to re-enjoy, or read for the first time in case you missed it at the ballpark.  The 2014 season marked the 500th home game in Santander Stadium history.  The Times asked the only radio broadcaster in Revolution history about his favorite moments, and to reminisce about the milestone.

 

June 6 and a 3-2 win over Sugar Land at Santander Stadium marked the 500th regular season home game in the history of York’s eight-year-old downtown ballpark. To the best of our knowledge, there is only one person, other than man-of-few-words DownTown, who has witnessed every inning at home. York Revolution broadcaster and Sports Radio 1350 WOYK General Manager Darrell Henry reminisces on this latest Revs milestone:

On the validation of being successful and still a draw in season eight:
I can’t really remember what summers were like in York before we had this stadium. It’s become my life. It’s become life for a lot of people in this area during the summer. It’s been all good from my vantage point. The stadium looks just as good as it did from the start, and it’s really become the place to be on a summer night in York.

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Remembering 2014: The “Core Four”

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Darrell Henry, Lori Brunson, Cindy Brown and John Gibson.

The off-season is upon us, but we have plenty of content to keep you occupied here at BlogToBlogChamps.  Each Monday, we’ll publish a feature from the 2014 York Revolutionary Times, the official game day magazine of the York Revolution, for you to re-enjoy, or read for the first time in case you missed it at the ballpark.  This week, we take a closer look at the four original Revolution employees that have been with the organization since its founding in 2007.

By Paul Braverman

In 2009 as the New York Yankees were winning their final World Series title with the last of the holdovers from their late-90s dynasty, the group of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada were quickly dubbed the “Core Four.”

Two seasons removed from the York Revolution’s mini-dynasty of back to back Atlantic League titles, fans may not realize York’s own “Core Four” is still intact, albeit one that doesn’t directly impact the game on the field. Darrell Henry, Lori Brunson, Cindy Brown and John Gibson are the last of the original employees who started before the Revolution first took the field in 2007.

Like the New York group, the common thread of commitment to team, professionalism and skill is apparent with the York Core Four, but deep ties to Pennsylvania make it a group that has gladly accepted the challenge of being the organization’s backbone.

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Sean Smith’s Game 3 home run heroics go national

We just don’t realize life’s most significant moments while they’re happening. Back then I thought, “well, there’ll be other days.”  I didn’t realize that that was the only day.
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Did I just start a blog post with a Field of Dreams quote?  Yes.  And who cares if it’s corny, because when you witness a real-life baseball moment that actually rivals fantasy – or surpasses it – it might be the only time you can legitimately go to the Field of Dreams well.

The video is above of Sean Smith tying Game 3 of Freedom Division Championship Series with a solo home run in the eighth inning, before collapsing with what turned out to be a blown right ACL.  If you’re reader of this blog you likely know what happens next.  If not, please watch the video now before you read any further.

The Revolution went on to win 3-2 in 10 innings to take a 2-1 series lead.  With rally towels flying during the dramatic final act of York’s home playoff opener, in Santander Stadium we all understood it was a special moment in franchise history.  What we didn’t realize was HOW special it would be to everyone else nationwide, mainly ESPN and Fox Sports as the video quickly circulated.

As texts and Twitter of various front office staff began buzzing well after midnight, as fans and staffers alike retreated home to rest and anticipate Game 4 and a possible series win the next day, Moonlight Graham’s quote became very apt.  After grinding out a 15-season minor league career, this will probably be the “only day” Sean Smith and the York Revolution are the lead story on SportsCenter and number 1 on their top 10.  But boy did he earn it with that show of grit and determination.  It may not be the equivalent of a day in the big leagues, but if only every player we come across fighting to make it to the Majors and doesn’t could get such a well-deserved spotlight shone on them for continuing to put their body through 150 minor league baseball games every year. It’s just a shame that to earn that recognition, Smith had to sustain a serious knee injury. He may have hit one of the bigger homers in Revolution history, but that’s what I call a sacrifice.

Indeed, this video was shown on SportsCenter, at the very top of the show as their “Moment of the Night.”  Smith was also the night’s “Best Person in Sports” on Fox Sports Live on the Fox Sports 1 channel.  ESPN used a good portion of Darrell Henry’s call of the moment as well; very cool to see and hear that familiar voice on ESPN.  (DH received a shoutout by name from SportsCenter anchor Neil Everett.)  And to the 6,682 fans in the Santander Stadium playoff-record crowd, you were the truth in urging Smith on, appreciating what he was accomplishing and making that moment as unreal as it was.

OTHER SHOUTOUTS: Revolution Multi-Media Manager Scott Parker for cutting and distributing the video so quickly, and Daniel Kurish of WOYK 1350 for helping to spread it around to ESPN social media and other outlets.

-Paul Braverman


Revolution regular season attendance up 5.2% in 2014

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With the book closed on the regular season home schedule at Santander Stadium, the final numbers have been tallied on attendance.  The 2014 York Revolution drew 3,937 fans per game in 68 openings, an increase from the 3,741 drawn in the same number of openings in 2013.

It’s an increase of 5.2% over the course of the season.  By comparison, aggregate attendance for all MLB-affiliated minor leagues rose 2.1% in 2014, according to numbers released by Minor League Baseball.

Now that the official-sounding stuff is out of the way…thank you fans!


2014 Revolution Awards: Justin Greene MVP, Ian Durham top community man

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Community Outreach Player of The Year Ian Durham, York Revolution President & General Manager Eric Menzer, Manager Mark Mason and 2014 Revolution Most Valuable Player Justin Greene.

The York Revolution handed out their two annual player awards prior to the September 12 home game against Long Island.

Right fielder Justin Greene was named 2014 Revolution Most Valuable Player.  In his first 100 games this season after signing with York on May 23, Greene batted .361, good for a 14-point lead for best in the Atlantic League.  The seven-year pro will lay waste to the franchise single-season record of .339 by Ramon Castro in 2010.  Greene is still chasing Vic Rodriguez of the 2004 Somerset Patriots, who owns the 10-year-old league record of .371.  This player is not just a singles hitter either; Greene has mashed 37 extra base hits so far this season as well, including six triples.  During a stretch of five home games from June 28 to July 2, he led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run three times.  His four lead off home runs in the first inning this season is also a Revolution record.  To make it simple, when he hits, the Revs hit.

Right-handed reliever Ian Durham was named Community Outreach Player of The Year.  Each season, the organization selects one player who goes above and beyond his player contract, to help ensure the York Revolution remain the most family-friendly outlet in the area.  The award goes to a player that has a true understanding of the role a minor league baseball franchise plays in its community.  Durham was volunteering for a school reading assembly less than three days after arriving in York for preseason camp, and also sacrificed an off-day earlier in the season in May to read to another group of youngsters who were on the edge of their seats for the opportunity to hang out with a pro baseball player.  On the field, the four-year pro sported a 5-1 record with a 2.92 ERA in his first 59 innings pitched this season, tallying 59 strikeouts against just 19 walks.

A full listing of award winners back through franchise history is after the jump:

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Revolution to host final three games of division series

A major perk of winning your division in the first half is the option to choose which first round playoff games you are going to host, per Atlantic League rules.  The Revolution has decided to host games 3, 4 (if necessary) and 5 (if necessary) in the first round, September 26-28.  Games 1 and 2 will be played September 24-25.

This could get interesting if Sugar Land qualifies for the playoffs as either the second half Freedom Division winner or as a wild card.  Nine of the Revolution’s final 12 regular season games are already against the Skeeters.  York hosts Sugar Land for three September 9-11, before ending the regular season with six in Texas September 16-21.  (Every team in the league plays one six game series at Sugar Land during the season, to reduce travel.)

Should Skeeters-Revs be the first round match up, York would stay in the Houston area two extra days following the conclusion of the regular season, before starting the division series on the 24th, making the choice to host the conclusion of the series even more convenient, as to not have to fly down to Sugar Land more than once.  It also sets up a scenario where at minimum, a stretch of 12 of 15 games the Revolution will play could be against the Skeeters including playoffs, with as many as 14 of 17 games against Sugar Land if this hypothetical match-up in the playoffs were to go a full five games.

The full press release on the division series schedule is after the jump:

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Revolution surpass 2 million fan milestone

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With an attendance figure of 4,979 for an 11-5 win over the Somerset Patriots on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, the York Revolution surpassed 2 million fans drawn to their Downtown home.  The milestone comes in the eighth season of operation for the franchise at Santander Stadium.

Based on current attendance trends, the organization expects to draw at least 4,300 fans per game for their 70 home games this season.  Attendance has risen 13% from a season ago, with between 500 and 600 more fans attending each game this year.

“When we first made plans for our 2 Millionth fan, we figured this would happen at the end of this month and not early July,” said Revolution President & General Manager Eric Menzer.  “But our fan support has been terrific this year, and people have really responded to the increased commitment we’ve made to the promotional schedule and stadium improvements.  It’s a pleasant surprise to do this on July 8,” Menzer continued.

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Revolution schedule open tryout for April 12

With Opening Day at home, April 24 against Camden, preseason camp for the Revolution will begin in earnest on April 14 after team physicals.  Some extra players may be added to the pre-season roster following the team’s open tryout on Saturday, April 12.

The tryout camp will begin at 10 a.m.  Registration will begin at 9 a.m.  The cost to attend the tryout is $40 to register in advance, and $50 the day of.  Checks are made payable to the York Revolution.  Players must be at least 18 years of age to tryout.

The tryout will take place on the field at Santander Stadium in Downtown York, located at 5 Brooks Robinson Way.  Players must provide their own equipment for the tryout, other than batting helmets, which will be provided by the Revolution.

To register, please download the tryout form at this link.  Players are encouraged to register in advance; day-of registration will only be allowed if spots remain.

The open tryout has yielded results for the Revolution in the past; spot starter Shawn Hedrick pitched for the Revs in 2009 and 2010, pitcher Brian Holliday and outfielder Colin Roberson were also each offered contracts for the 2009 season after participating in the open tryout, as was catcher Salomon Manriquez in 2010.

Any questions regarding the open tryout can be directed to Baseball Operations Manager Toby Crites, at tcrites@yorkrevolution.com.

-Paul Braverman