A pair of former Revs infielders continue to advance their coaching careers with one earning his first managerial gig and the other heading to Triple-A. (more…)
Officially beginning their quest for a third Atlantic League pennant, the York Revolution (76-64) opens the best-of-five Freedom Division Championship Series tonight against the Sugar Land Skeeters (74-66). Game 1 from Constellation Field begins at 8:05 p.m. EDT. Pregame coverage on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK with Darrell Henry beings 20 minutes prior to first pitch.
The Sugar Land Skeeters won the second half of the Freedom Division with a 39-31 record, three games better than the second-place Revs. The Skeeters are in the playoffs for the third time in their five-year history. Sugar Land last made the postseason in 2014, falling to Lancaster in the Atlantic League Championship Series.
The second-half champion Skeeters will host Games 1 and 2 tonight and tomorrow. After a travel day on Thursday, the Revs host Game 3 on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Games 4 and 5 (if necessary) at 6:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Right-hander James Simmons (11-9, 4.36) gets the nod for the Revs in Game 1; he will square off with Skeeters righty Sean Gallagher (10-8, 3.79). Simmons made starts in all six series against Sugar Land, going 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA (35 IP, 21 ER). He fared better at Constellation Field, where he went 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA (18.2 IP, 8 ER). Gallagher made two starts against the Revs, going 1-0 with a 3.97 ERA (11.1 IP, 5 ER).
Game 2 will feature a matchup of York RHP Micah Owings (7-6, 4.30) and Sugar Land LHP Aaron Thompson (9-5, 3.98). Lefty Frank Gailey (6-5, 3.13) has been announced as the Revs’ Game 3 starter, while the Skeeters have not named one yet.
The Season Series
The Skeeters won the season series over the Revs, 12-8. While the teams split the 10 matchups at PeoplesBank Park, Sugar Land made its bones at home, winning seven out of 10 at Constellation Field. The Revs are 38-62 against the Skeeters (40-65 including playoffs), and their .380 winning percentage is their lowest against any active Atlantic League club.
Despite the losing record, several of the Revs’ biggest season wins – and Bryan Pounds’ key moments – came at the expense of the Skeeters.
May 14 at York – On a night when York retired the number of pitcher Corey Thurman, the Revs and Skeeters played a game that would give Thurman and other pitchers nightmares. The Revs were down 3-2 before hammering five runs in the fifth, highlighted by Bryan Pounds’ bases-clearing double, to go up 7-3. Sugar Land responded with a five-run inning of its own in the top of the sixth, then added three more in the seventh to go up 11-7. York stormed back in the bottom of the eighth with six runs; Pounds again provided the pop with a go-ahead two-run homer over the Arch Nemesis. Mike DeMark pitched a perfect ninth for the save and the Revs ended the tumultuous night with a 13-11 win in a game that took over four hours.
June 12 at Sugar Land – Down 4-2 in the top of the seventh, the Michael Rockett brought home a run with a two-out RBI single, putting two men on for Joel Guzman. Following the principle that “Everything is Bigger in Texas,” the Gooz cracked a towering three-run home run to deep left field. The Revs won 6-4, and NORAD is still tracking Guzman’s blast somewhere over Botswana.
July 24 at Sugar Land – Down 7-4 after eight innings and with Skeeter closer Derek Loop taking the hill for the ninth, York looked dead in the water on this midsummer Sunday night. Little did they know the floodgates were about to open. Down to their final strike several times, the Revs tied it on Kevin Rivers’ two-out RBI single and took the lead on Pounds’ RBI single. When the flood subsided the Revs had seven runs home – one of several seven-run ninths for York in 2016 – and escaped East Texas with a stunning 11-7 win.
August 23 at York – With Sugar Land poised to take the second half Freedom Division or a wild card, the final Revs-Skeeters series of the regular season took on a playoff atmosphere. The first game did not disappoint as the teams traded the lead five times. Down 6-5 in the eighth, the Skeeters snagged the lead on ex-Rev Johan Limonta’s pinch-hit two-run homer over the Arch Nemesis. Facing Loop in the bottom of the ninth, the Revs again put their rally caps to work. Perez, Rivers, and Rockett led off with three straight singles to load the bases, and Brandon Chaves worked out a full-count walk to force in the tying run. After a strikeout, Pounds came up as a pinch hitter and grounded an 0-2 curveball to the left side of the infield that shortstop Josh Prince mishandled. Rivers came in to score and Pounds was again the walk-off hero.
Pounds was King Clutch for the Revs in 2016, but none more so than against the Skeeters. Of his eight game-winning hits in York’s last at-bat, three game against Sugar Land.
York and Sugar Land have met in the playoffs once before, coming together for a classic Freedom Division Championship Series in 2014. The teams split the first two at Constellation Field: the Revs rode seven scoreless innings from Alain Quijano to a 5-0 win in Game 1, while the Skeeters rebounded to win Game 2, 9-2.
Game 3 at then-Santander Stadium featured perhaps the most noteworthy moment in Revolution playoff history: Sean Smith’s eighth-inning game-tying solo home run and the subsequent “Hop Seen ’Round the World.” Limonta singled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th to give the Revs a dramatic 3-2 win.
Gallagher and Logan Williamson engaged in a classic pitchers’ duel in Game 4 and the game went into extra innings scoreless. Sugar Land finally broke through in the top of the 10th on a Dominic Ramos RBI single, winning 1-0 to tie the series.
A decisive Game 5 saw the Revs explode for three runs in the bottom of the first. York led 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth and seemed poised for more, but a controversial double play call ended the inning and shifted the momentum to Sugar Land. The Skeeters responded with a four-run top of the fifth, taking the lead on Ryan Langerhans’ two-run triple. The Revs got the tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the ninth, but Salvador Paniagua grounded into a game-ending double play and the Skeeters escaped York with the game and the series, 5-3.
York Revolution manager Mark Mason had admitted it freely: it’s hard to keep a team that hasn’t played a meaningful game in almost three months motivated. The Revs will play their most meaningful games of the year this week in the Freedom Division Championship Series, but before Tuesday night’s Game 1 at Sugar Land, it will have been since June 30 – the day they clinched the first half championship – that Mason’s bunch will have played a game that carried any postseason implications.
Despite the novelty of playing more than half the schedule with the playoffs guaranteed, the Revs still had individual and team records at stake in the second half of the 2016 season.
Adding a 36-34 second half to a 40-36 first, the Revs finished the season 76-64, notching the third-highest win total and fourth-highest winning percentage in franchise history. York held the best record in the Atlantic League for most of the season before finishing one game behind Somerset, the closest they have ever been to posting the league’s best season-long mark. York finished the season 43-27 at PeoplesBank Park, the best home record in the Atlantic League.
Never Out of It
York posted 44 comeback victories in 2016, breaking the record of 36 set by the 2008 and 2014 teams. Of those comeback wins, 15 occurred when trailing after the first six innings. York owned a winning record for much of the season when the opponent scores first (ending at 32-38, 22-20 at home). The Revs were 43-28 in games decided by 2 runs or fewer, including 26-8 at home (15-4 in one-run home games).
Best of the Best
The Revs handed out their seasonal awards at the end of Sunday’s finale against Long Island. Michael Rockett won team MVP, while Mike DeMark earned Pitcher of the Year, and Ty’Relle Harris took home the Corey Thurman Community Player of the Year.
Voted team MVP in a landslide victory, Michael Rockett established himself as one of the Revs’ most important bats and gloves. He posted the best numbers of his career at the plate, batting .295 with a career-high 50 RBIs. He led the Revs in bunt hits and ranked top five in runs, hits, triples, RBIs, stolen bases, and infield hits. In the field, Rockett made multiple starts at six positions (LF, CF, RF, 2B, 3B, SS); he also served as emergency bullpen catcher and made one appearance as a relief pitcher.
Mike DeMark proved so dominant on the hill that he forced the Revolution to hand out a Pitcher of the Year award for the first time ever. DeMark set club records with 39 saves in a Revs uniform (previous: 33, Rommie Lewis), and with 35 saves on the season (previous: 28, Rommie Lewis, 2014). He finished two back of legendary Somerset stopper Jon Hunton for the league lead in saves, and his 0.79 ERA was the best among Atlantic League closers by over a full run. DeMark was especially dominant from late July through early September, recording 13 saves and striking out 20 in a stretch of 16 scoreless games. He set team highs in consecutive scoreless appearances and in scoreless innings, not allowing a run in 17 full frames.
In addition to transitioning from go-to reliever to trusted starting pitcher on the field, Ty’Relle Harris’s contributions off the field were numerous and impactful. From being a leader in making official team community appearances to simply engaging the fans on an everyday basis, perhaps his biggest impact was with the young fans. Harris could often be found before or after games at PeoplesBank Park conducting lessons with youth ballplayers or providing them with memorable inside access to the dugout and clubhouse. Harris is the first person to win the Community Player Award since it was named for York legend Corey Thurman, who received the namesake honor at his number retirement ceremony in May.
Sai Hey, Again!
Isaias Tejeda made his return to the Revs on August 19 after being released by the Atlanta Braves earlier in the month. Tejeda batted .364 (36-99) with eight doubles, three home runs, and 15 RBIs over 24 games in his second stint with York. After leaving in June on a 17-game hitting streak, he upped it to 28 games before seeing it end on September 3. Tejeda’s streak surpassed Vince Harrison’s 23-gamer in 2011 as the second-longest in club history, behind only Chris Ashby’s league-record 31-game streak in 2008. Tejeda’s 28-gamer was also the league’s longest since at least 2010 (as far back as records are available). A model of consistent greatness, Tejeda notched 32 multi-hit games (21 two-hit, 10 three-hit, one four-hit) in his 65 games with York, finishing with a .356 batting average.
Speed Kills (the Opposition)
Throughout the first half, the Revs profiled as a classic Earl Weaver-style Baltimore Orioles team: built with power but not much speed. All of that changed when the Revs acquired Travis Witherspoon in a trade from Lancaster on June 16 and signed Jared Mitchell on July 2. The two formed a formidably fast duo at the top of the York batting order, quickly ascending the top of the team and league stolen base leaderboards. Witherspoon finished the season third in the Atlantic League with 41 stolen bases; his 34 with the Revs rank him third in single-season franchise history. Mitchell finished with 26 swiped bags, finishing tied for eighth in the league despite playing at least 20 fewer games than everyone else in the top 10; he also tied Eric Patterson (2014) for seventh in single-season Revs history.
Climbing the Leaderboards
Frank Gailey finished fourth in the league with a 3.13 ERA, also good for the fourth-best single-season mark in Revs history. James Simmons finished tied for second in the league in wins (11), fourth in starts (26), third in innings (160.2), and sixth in strikeouts (118). In the York single-season book, Simmons finishes tied for fifth in wins (Rakers ’08, Thurman ’08, Martinez ’14), fourth in strikeouts, sixth in innings, and tied for second (Cody ’12) with 14 quality starts. Ty’Relle Harris’s 116 strikeouts put him seventh in the league and fifth on the York single-season leaderboard.
A pair of familiar faces out of the bullpen also made their climb through the all-time Revolution record books. Ricardo Gomez tops out the year as York’s career ERA leader; his 2.37 ERA is more than 30 points lower than second place. Gomez also ranks eighth in games pitched and seventh in relief appearances (both 116), as well as tied for fifth with 22 saves after posting three in 2016. Julio DePaula is now fifth in games pitched and fourth in relief appearances (both 129) and 10th in ERA (3.46).
After a splendid second half, Andres Perez tightened his grip on several Revs team batting records. He remains the franchise leader in home runs (66), hits (605), extra-base hits (206), total bases (952), doubles (131), RBIs (312), games (518), and at-bats (2042). His 297 runs are one back of Scott Grimes’s franchise record of 298; he is also second in walks (169) and tied for fourth in triples (9). Perez batted .289 with 25 doubles, 14 home runs, and 63 RBIs in 122 games this season. In four full seasons with the Revs, Dre is batting .296.
With these records and more in the books, the York Revolution now turns its attention to the most important number: three. That will be the number of Atlantic League championships for the franchise if the Revs can win six games over the next two weeks.
When the York Revolution broke out the bubbly for a celebration after last Friday’s win over Lancaster, they celebrated more than just a first half Freedom Division title and the sixth playoff in franchise history. The Revs’ first 70 games of the 2016 season saw club records fall left and right, single-season and all-time. Here is a snapshot of the historic half that was. (more…)
The York Revolution clinched the sixth playoff berth in its 10-year team history on Thursday night with an 8-7 win at Long Island and losses by both Sugar Land and Lancaster. With the official clinch coming in the dying moments of June 30, it marks the earliest the Revs have assured themselves of a spot in the Atlantic League postseason.
Five starting pitchers, seven relievers, a starter at each position and four additional “bench” position players have been selected to the York Revolution 10th Anniversary Team, constructed as a typical team would be. Of the 25 players honored, 14 were a part of one or both of York’s Atlantic League Championship clubs in 2010 and 2011. Criteria for being nominated were mixed; longevity with the Revolution and placement on the franchise’s all-time stat rankings were weighted the most heavily, as well as great individual single-seasons. Brief tenures with the team that led to significant Major League playing time were also considered. (more…)
As the calendar flips to a new year, MLB organizations finalize and announce their minor league coaching staff for each of their affiliates. In December, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that former Revolution infielder Keoni DeRenne (’07-’09) had been promoted from hitting coach at Class A to A-Advanced. The Arizona Diamondbacks have done the same with another Revs alum; former third baseman Vince Harrison (’10-’11) has been shifted as hitting coach of the Kane County (IL) Cougars of the Midwest League to the Visalia Rawhide of the California League.
Harrison immediately entered the coaching ranks upon his retirement as a player following the 2011 Revolution championship season. He joined the Pirates and began as hitting coach for the Class A West Virginia Power in the South Atlantic League (DeRenne was a successor in that job, holding the post the last two seasons), before joining the Diamondbacks for the 2014 season. 2016 marks Harrison’s third season with Arizona, going from Rookie League hitting coach for the Missoula (MT) Osprey in the Pioneer League, to Kane County, to Visalia.
After three seasons with the New York Mets, former Revolution lefty reliever Scott Rice has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He’ll aim to reach the Majors for the first time since 2014, lest he be assigned to Triple-A Reno coming out of spring training. Rice is on a minor league deal, for now.
While most saw the news first on the Twitter account of Yahoo! Sports baseball writer Jeff Passan, Rice for all intents and purposes broke the news himself hours earlier, with the semi-cryptic tweet above, rife with clever emoji use.
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:
Former York Revolution infielder Keoni DeRenne (’07-’09) is entering his fifth season as a minor league coach in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, and will serve as hitting coach for the A-Advanced Bradenton Marauders of the Florida State League in 2016. DeRenne spent the last two seasons as hitting coach for the West Virginia Power of the Class A South Atlantic League. Bradenton also serves as Pittsburgh’s spring training and rookie ball complex.
DeRenne first joined the Pirates prior to the 2011 season, following his retirement as a player-coach for the Philadelphia Phillies, working/playing with four different affiliates from Class A to Triple-A in 2010. He has even garnered some managing experience, skippering the Pirates entry in the Dominican Summer League in 2013.
Tim Hagerty, who is the broadcaster for Triple-A El Paso (Padres), penned a great piece for Sporting News on career minor league pitcher Bill Sisler, who managed to play for 50 minor league teams over a quarter-century. Sisler’s story truly is remarkable, so please click and read for the details on how he was able to remain in professional baseball for so long. Sisler holds the record for most professional teams played for.
Perusing his page on BaseballReference.com, one thing jumped out, hence this post. One of Sisler’s 50 clubs was the 1933 York White Roses of the New York-Penn League, who were affiliated with the Brooklyn Dodgers. At age 32, Sisler played for two Pennsylvania clubs that season, Johnstown of the Middle Atlantic League being the other. While records are spotty, we know Sisler posted a 1-3 record in five appearances and 27 innings for York in 1933.
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:
When the York Revolution suits up for its 10th season in the Atlantic League in April, the fans will literally be on the field with the players. Or pictures of the fans, at least.
This fall, the organization will make several announcements leading up to Opening Day 2016 (April 28) about plans for the 10th anniversary season of Revolution baseball.
The first such announcement came in August, when online fan voting began to determine the York Revolution 10th Anniversary Team, which will last until February when the team is announced. Former players elected to the team will be honored in-person on opening day. Fans may vote an unlimited number of times by clicking here.
The next step is also fan-interactive, as the Revolution are asking fans to submit their favorite fan photos via the team’s social media channels, which will be used to comprise the back numerals on a special 10th anniversary jersey the team will wear exclusively for Friday night home games in 2016. The jerseys will be auctioned off to fans at season’s end.
When the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the National League West on September 29, former York Revolution pitcher Ian Thomas (’12) was a part of the clubhouse celebration, a member of the Dodgers expanded September roster. Thomas is the first former Rev to be on an MLB roster when that team clinched a playoff spot.
Last season, former Revs catcher Octavio Martinez (’11), who is in his third season as a member of the Washington Nationals Major League coaching staff, was a part of their NL East clinching celebration, but it’s Thomas who will hold the distinction of being the first Rev to enjoy a big league champagne and Budweiser shower. Thomas is the second former York player to be part of an MLB playoff team at any point in the season; last year RHP Julio DePaula (’13-’15) was on the Orioles Major League roster for one game, but not with the club when they celebrated clinching the AL East.
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:
The jersey number former York Revolution pitcher Ian Thomas (’12) has worn in his two Major League seasons with the Braves and Dodgers will now carry some coincidental significance; by pitching one third of an inning on September 15 during the 16-inning game between Colorado and Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, Thomas was part of a game which featured a MLB-record 58 players used. 24 pitchers were used in the game, also a big league-record.
Tied 3-3 in the top of the 10th with two out, Thomas came in and retired the only man he faced, Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez on a ground out to short. It always seems to happen in marathon extra-inning games: Each team scored a run in the 11th to keep the game going. After Colorado’s DJ LeMahieu put the Rockies ahead with a one-out RBI single to center, staffed at the time by Lancaster native Chris Heisey, it was Heisey who returned the favor with a one-out run-scoring infield single of his own to extend the game. Go figure there ends up being a York and Lancaster connection to this bit of Major League history.
That titanic Telvin Nash home run allowed the 2015 Revolution to share a milestone reached only by the 2010 and 2011 championship clubs. It was Nash’s 10th of 2015, which made him the sixth Rev this season to reach double-digit homers. As of September 15, Andres Perez (15), Bryan Pounds (13), Brandon Boggs (12), Eric Patterson (10), Nick Ferdinand (10) and Telvin Nash (10) paced York in home runs this season. What’s especially impressive is Ferdinand and Nash were not with the club until June.
It was the third time the Revolution accomplished the feat, joining the 2010 Revs…
The Revolution outlasted Bridgeport 10-6 on September 4, on a humid night where the ball was certainly jumping off the bat at Santander Stadium. In a game which featured five home runs, York hit four of them (above) including a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth by Salvador Paniagua. All were no-doubters, with Brandon Boggs, Telvin Nash and Nick Ferdinand also going deep.
For Paniagua, it continued a streak of him being red hot at the plate; the longest tenured position player in Revolution history (fifth season) was hitting .357 (30-for-84) with five home runs and 21 RBI in his last 21 games, as of September 5. His walk-off slam was his third home run in as many nights, after he homered twice and drove in five runs in a 4-for-4 effort in a 9-2 home win over Camden on September 2.
In conjunction with United Way Campaign Kick-Off Night at Santander Stadium on September 2, right-handed reliever Stephen Penney was presented with the York Revolution 2015 Community Outreach Player of the Year award prior to the game. The Revs wore special “Live United” jerseys pictured above, and a silent auction of the game-worn uniforms from the 9-2 win over Camden benefited the United Way.
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.
Penney, in his fourth season with the Revolution, was a logical choice as this season’s honoree. The award is also very much a reflection of his efforts as one of the Revolution’s go-to players for community measures both inside and outside of the ballpark over the last several years. The previous winners of the Community Outreach Player of the Year award are after the jump:
The York Revolution has announced that the Atlantic League contract of outfielder Jose Constanza has been purchased by the Tampa Bay Rays. It marks the first time in the nine-year history of the Revolution that Tampa Bay has purchased the contract of a York player in-season.
As the Atlantic League continues to affirm itself in the highest levels of professional baseball with “Major League Ready” players, Constanza will be added to Tampa Bay’s 40-man Major League roster shortly, of which all players are eligible to play in the Major Leagues as of September 1 for the remainder of the regular season, per MLB rules. After a short stint with the Triple-A Durham Bulls, whose season ends on September 7, it is likely Constanza will be promoted to the Rays to finish out the year in the Majors. Doing so will make him the ninth former Revolution player to reach Major League Baseball.
Constanza will also become the first player to play in the Rays organization following a stint in York. To date, in nine seasons the Revolution has placed a former player with 26 of the 30 MLB clubs with the addition of Tampa Bay (including in-season and off-season signings), leaving the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners, and New York Yankees as the only remaining organizations that have not employed a former York player.
When the Revolution avoided a three-game sweep and salvaged their final home series of the month with a 3-2 win in 14 innings over the Somerset Patriots on August 23, a list of fun milestones were reached:
- The RBI base hit from James Simmons which tied the game, and the RBI base hit from Jose Constanza which won it in the 14th after trailing 2-1 (watch the video above), gave the Revolution their ninth walk-off victory of 2015. That is a new franchise high for a single-season, surpassing the total of eight by the 2009 Revs. Like 2009, where York compiled a franchise-worst overall record of 53-87, the numerous walk-off wins this season have also been a silver lining in an otherwise challenging season. The Revolution was 47-65 (but 23-19 in the second half) as of August 23, and just 22-34 at home. However, an eye-popping 41% of their home wins this season as of 8/23 have come in walk-off fashion. As of 8/23, the Revs are 12-3 in one-run games decided at home this year.
- Over the weekend, the Revolution drew 15,828 fans to Santander Stadium, a season-high for a three-game series. (6,268 Friday, 5,781 Saturday, 3,779 Sunday.) That is over 2,000 fans better than the previous high for a three-gamer this season. The weekend also came within 800 fans of the best-ever attendance for a three-game home series, when 16,643 fans were turnstiled from September 16-18, 2011 against Southern Maryland.
The Revolution’s 5-4 victory in 11 innings at Southern Maryland on August 18 established a new single-season high for extra-inning games played in a season for the nine-year-old franchise. It was York’s 12th of the 2015 season, and Wilson Valdez’s squeeze bunt to put the Revs ahead for good improved their record to 6-6 in extras this season. Six victories in extras is also a franchise record for a single-season.
It was the second time this season the Revs brought in the winning run in a game at Southern Maryland on a squeeze bunt, as Eric Patterson did it in the ninth inning of a 4-3 victory on July 28.
Andres Perez takes over Revolution all-time RBI lead, moves into second on home run list in one swing
On August 14 at Bridgeport, Andres Perez’s assault on the York Revolution record book reached a new level, when he became the all-time franchise leader in RBI and moved into second on the franchise home run list with one swing. Perez, who surpassed James Shanks as the all-time Revolution hits leader earlier this season, surpassed Ramon Castro’s mark of 214 RBI with a three-run homer at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in the fourth inning off Bluefish right-hander Cody Scarpetta.
Perez, who went 3-for-6 with a double and the homer in a 13-5 York win, drove in six runs to move from tied for fifth on the 2015 Atlantic League RBI leaderboard, to leading the league in RBI with 61. His three-run homer in the fourth, to put York on top 7-3, gave him 215 career RBI with the Revolution. His 218 RBI with York by game’s end gave him a four-RBI lead over Castro as the franchise record-holder.