The Revolution released details of their 2015 promotional schedule on February 26, and it’s been announced eight-time MLB All-Star Darryl Strawberry will visit Santander Stadium for the game on Saturday, June 27 against Bridgeport at 6:30 p.m. He played in 17 MLB seasons between 1983 and 1999 for the Mets, Dodgers, Giants and Yankees.
Strawberry is the guest of honor for the annual “Faith and Family Night” at the ballpark; and he’ll share parts of his personal story of redemption with the crowd prior to the game and throwing out the first pitch. He’ll also be available for autographs during the game, one item per person, on a first come first-served basis.
Individual game tickets for the 2015 season will go on sale Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m. at YorkRevolution.com and in-person at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office at Santander Stadium. For the full promotional schedule announcement from the team with all the big highlights, click here. For the full season-long listing of Revolution promotions, click here.
The York Revolution has announced the addition of Baltimore Orioles great Scott McGregor to the lineup for “Orioles Pride Night” on Friday, August 29 against the Somerset Patriots at 6:30 p.m. The night was previously announced and includes deep discounts on tickets based on Oriole retired numbers, several Orioles-themed prize giveaways including tickets to Derek Jeter’s final game in Baltimore on September 14, items autographed by Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken and O’s apparel including an adult Manny Machado jersey. Please CLICK HERE for full details.
The night includes a watch party in the White Rose Hall on the MINI of Baltimore Skybox Level for the Orioles game against the Minnesota Twins; a $10 ticket with a cash bar for patrons 21 and over. McGregor has been added to the watch party, and fans taking advantage will be able to chat with him as they watch both the Revolution and O’s game, get autographs and hang out with the 1983 World Series Champion until the conclusion of the Orioles game which begins at 7:05.
Fans already holding tickets to the August 29 game may upgrade their ticket to the Orioles watch party with Scott McGregor for just $5. The watch party upstairs will be the only opportunity to rub elbows with McGregor. Fans upstairs in the White Rose Hall may still visit concession stands on the lower concourse and enter the Orioles prize raffle giveaways while they are at the ballpark.
We came across some interesting YouTube videos in the office. Back in August, Revolution pitchers Rommie Lewis (Lamigo Monkeys) and Nick Green (EDA Rhinos) each had their contracts purchased by teams in the Chinese Professional Baseball League, located on the island of Taiwan.
First up, watch Rommie Lewis come out of the bullpen with his team ahead 2-1. (Skip ahead to the 2 hour, 41 minute mark):
Next, here are the EDA Rhinos closing out what was a win for Nick Green against the Brother Elephants:
Finally, here’s a highlight video, (with some low lights mixed in) of a game Green (#45) pitched for the Rhinos against the Monkeys, where he was the winner again:
Back in June, it appeared Nick Green had a deal to go pitch for the Yucatan Lions in the Mexican League. That deal fell through and he returned to the Revolution roster without leaving the country. This time however, it’s for real. He’s most likely on a 15-hour direct flight from New York to Taiwan as you read this.
Green had his contract purchased by the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League on Thursday. The league is not located on the Chinese mainland though, and is only confined to the island of Taiwan, also known as Chinese Tapei in various international competitions including the World Baseball Classic and Little League World Series. Baseball was introduced there when it was under Japanese rule, and it gained popularity pretty quickly. The island boasts Little League World Series titles, and is becoming an increasing threat in worldwide amateur and professional competitions. Pitcher Chien-Ming Wang is the country’s most notable Major Leaguer.
Finally, here is the Pokemon-like logo for Green’s new team:
As promised, here is our video piece with former York Revolution catcher Octavio Martinez, now a member of the Washington Nationals Major League coaching staff. Thank you to Octavio, our own Everett George and Kyle Brostowitz of the Nats media relations department who helped make it all happen. The piece was shot and edited by Scott Youcheff. Enjoy.
I had the opportunity to catch up with former York Revolution catcher (’11) Octavio Martinez at Nationals Park before their July 2 game against the Brewers. As faithful readers of the blog, you know he’s the bullpen catcher for the Washington Nationals, a.k.a. the best post-playing gig there is.
Look here for a video piece we shot with him next week, a Scott Youcheff production. I’m sure a story in the York Revolutionary Times will be forthcoming as well. Until then, here’s a picture of his locker in the Nats clubhouse to hold you over:
Time for a quick update on some things…
- The above photo is from the Orioles game on June 10; as far as we were concerned it was “York Revolution Night” at Camden Yards. Pitching Coach John Halama, outfielder Jeff Fiorentino and former Manager Andy Etchebarren all took part in the Orioles Alumni Autograph Series before the game as former O’s players. On the right is Al Bumbry as well, who was a Revolution coach/goodwill ambassador during the inaugural 2007 season. The Orioles fought off the Angels and a two hour and 14 minute rain delay to win 4-3, thanks to a 2-run homer from Adam Jones. Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton each smacked solo homers, but Jim Johnson nailed down his 22nd save in the 9th to end it. Good times.
- We don’t talk college baseball around these parts much, but with two former fan favorites now assistants at Division I schools, we should pass along that former shortstop Chuck Jeroloman (’10) just finished his second season on TCU’s staff, and the Horned Frogs went 29-28 and 13-12 in conference in their first season in the Big XII, moving from the Mountain West Conference. Former centerfielder Scott Grimes (’10-’12) wrapped up his first season as an assistant at LaSalle University in Philadelphia with a 24-29 record, but the Explorers did go 15-9 in the Atlantic 10 after a tough non-conference slate. Most importantly, LaSalle defeated the hated University of Toledo 8-7 in their first game of the season.
- By now most fans have probably heard that former Revolution, now former Skeeters pitcher Michael Nix (’10-’11) was plucked off Sugar Land’s roster by the Chicago White Sox, and assigned to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights. The move made Nix part of a group of six former Revs currently either in the Majors or Triple-A. He’s now just a phone call away from potentially being the fifth former Rev to reach the big leagues. He departed the Atlantic League with a 5-1 record this season, leading the league in ERA at 1.81.
- The President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, Jeff Idelson, will be playing in the Revolution’s “Brooks Robinson Classic” Golf Tournament on Monday, June 17 at Springwood Golf Club in York. The Hall-of-Famer Brooks will be joined by Andy Etchebarren and the entire Revolution team and coaching staff at the event, so it should be a great time with plenty of celebrity punch if you’re attending.
Monday, June 10 is an off-day for the Revolution, between road series at Camden and Somerset. With no Revs game to go to or listen to that day, perhaps you’re going down to Camden Yards for the Angels-Orioles game?
Well if you were on the fence before, this might push you to attend: Former York Revolution Manager Andy Etchebarren, Revolution Pitching Coach John Halama and Revs outfielder Jeff Fiorentino will be there to sign autographs as part of the Orioles Alumni Autograph Series.
The trio of Revolution dignitaries will sign autographs and chat with fans from 5:30 to 6:30 on Eutaw Street in the outfield portion of Oriole Park. You will need a ticket to that night’s game to get into the area where they’ll be signing. If you’re there, please stop by and say hi, especially if you haven’t had the chance to get an autograph from any of the three. While plenty of O’s fans will crowd around Etch, we’d love to see a bunch of Revolution gear at OPACY as well.
Hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend. Bummer the Revolution were on the road, but it was fun catching up on watching some MLB, and listening to Darrell Henry of course. We have a mountain of miscellany to get through, so here we go…
- Perhaps already the best story in baseball this year, it just keeps getting better for Scott Rice. May 28 against the Yankees at Citi Field, he picked up his third career MLB win in spectacular fashion. Trailing 1-0 in the top of the 9th, Rice entered and tossed another scoreless inning. He did allow an infield hit to Ichiro on a swinging bunt off the handle, but then picked him off 1-3-6. Isn’t that just a story to tell forever. It got better however – when Mariano Rivera entered for the save, he allowed three consecutive hits to Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Lucas Duda to win 2-1 and hand Rivera his first blown save of the year. So for one night at least, Rice can say he out-dueled Rivera for an inning in the Subway Series and picked off another possible Hall of Famer to boot.
Before Saturday’s game at Camden, the Revolution added minor league veteran infielder Manuel “Manny” Mayorson to the roster. This is Mayorson’s 14th professional season after debuting as a professional with the Toronto Blue Jays organization in 2000. Mayorson has enjoyed Triple-A time with the Blue Jays, Marlins and Nationals organizations, and played last season at both Triple-A Syracuse and Double-A Harrisburg with Washington. A veteran of over 1,300 minor league games, Mayorson is a .269 career hitter. He knocked in a career-high 55 runs in 2006 at Double-A New Hampshire in the Toronto system, and came close to that mark with 54 RBI in 2011 at Triple-A Las Vegas, in just 97 games. Througout his career the veteran has seen extensive time at short, second and third, providing the Revolution with some defensive versatility.
The roster is back at the pre-June 1 max of 27 players, as no one was released as a part of this transaction. We’re now exactly one week away from the deadline where all Atlantic League active rosters must be at 25 players for the remainder of the season.
Darrell called in a favor to his buddies on the Phillies broadcast teams and scored us a couple of press passes to Tuesday’s Mets-Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park. The starting pitching match-up was Dillon Gee vs. Cliff Lee, that’s funny. But I digress…
The real reason we went was to catch up with Scott Rice in person, after days – and dating back to last season – months of blogging about him. There he was sitting in the far corner of the visiting clubhouse. A week into his first Major League season, Rice still looks and sounds relieved to finally be in the bigs after so many close calls through his 14-season minor league journey, including the first half of 2011 in York.
Here is DH’s interview with Rice. Enjoy!
Scott Rice week…continues! On Tuesday, April 3 the former Revolution lefty joined Chris Rose and Kevin Millar on their daily baseball highlights and talk show, Intentional Talk. You know the story by now; after 14 minor league seasons the 31-year-old reliever made his first MLB roster out of Mets spring training, and then made his MLB debut on Opening Day to boot. Rice struck out two Padres in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to wrap up the Mets 11-2 victory. He was the oldest rookie on any MLB Opening Day roster this season.
Here is video of Rice’s appearance…and yes it is a cell phone video recording the TV in my apartment. Please forgive the crass nature of my video methods and/or address all hate mail to me on Twitter, @PaulBraverman. At least I used my excercise bike as a stand so the video isn’t shaky. He gives a great interview:
Left-handed reliever and former Rev Scott Rice made it official on Monday afternoon, becoming the fourth Revolution alumnus to play in the Major Leagues and the first to make his MLB debut after wearing the Revs uniform. The Mets opened the season against San Diego at Citi Field in Flushing, and won in a laugher, 11-2.
New York Manager Terry Collins called Rice’s number for the top of the ninth, and in his 15th professional season, at age 31, the oldest rookie on any MLB Opening Day roster completed his long and strange journey. The first big league batter Rice faced was Padres catcher Nick Hundley, and he struck him out swinging. Next up was center fielder Cameron Maybin, who was also set down swinging. Once right fielder Will Venable grounded out to Daniel Murphy at second, Rice was in the middle of the Mets first victory line of the year, with a perfect top of the ninth and two punch outs.
More photos of the aftermath after the jump:
April 1 isn’t until Monday, and I assure you we are not fooling anybody. Revolution Baseball Operations Manager Andrew Ball has received confirmation that infielder Tony Phillips, who played in 18 Major League seasons between 1982 (!) and 1999 predominately with the A’s and Tigers will attend the open tryout on Friday, April 5 with hopes to earn a spot on the spring camp roster.
While Phillips retired in ’99 at the age of 40 after 106 games with Oakland, apparently he is in pretty good shape. He began this post-50s comeback in 2011 when he played in 24 games for Yuma in the North American League (hit .269 with an RBI), and then played in 16 more games in the same league with Edinburg last season. (Hit .231 with eight RBI.)
In his Major League career, Phillips played in 2,161 games and has over 2,000 hits. He was a career .266 hitter with 160 home runs and 819 RBI. Anyone remember another player on the other side of 50 that played in the Atlantic League last season?
If you’d like to see this story unfold in person, fans are welcome at the tryout, which begins at 5:45 p.m. on the 5th.
The third World Baseball Classic took place March 2-19 at sites spanning the globe, and featured a record 22 players with Atlantic League ties in the tournament on the rosters of eight countries. In order to fill out the rosters outside of the baseball-centric countries, players are allowed to play for their “heritage” so to speak, if they have a blood relative hailing from one of the nations. There’s also the case of Venezuelan catcher and Atlantic League veteran Salomon Manriquez, who was permitted to play for Spain because his wife was born there. Now that the dust has settled, here is a recap of how the players with Atlantic League and Revolution ties fared in the tournament:
Revolution individual tickets to go on sale February 9: Meet Mark Mason and John Halama that day from 10 a.m. to Noon
The Revolution has announced individual game tickets for the 2013 season will go on sale in-person and online Saturday, February 9 at 10 a.m. The Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office at Sovereign Bank Stadium will be open that day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and if you would like to meet Manager Mark Mason or Pitching Coach John Halama, stop by between 10 and Noon. They’ll both be there signing autographs and chatting up fans during that time.
The full, official press release from the Revolution with all the details around the special ticket sales event is posted below and after the jump:
Reported by our own Darrell Henry…
For the second time in his career Revolution outfielder Michael Hernandez has joined the Detroit Tigers organization. Last season he hit .303 with 13 homers and 55 RBI for York in 105 games. His first two professional season were spent in the Detroit organization at West Michigan (A) of the Midwest League, Lakeland (A Advanced) of the Florida State League and Erie (AA) of the Eastern League.
The Brooklyn native Hernandez was also in the Mets system in 2008 before coming to the Atlantic League, where he’s played for Newark (’09), Somerset (’10-’11) and York (’12). It is unclear where Hernandez would play if he sticks with the Tigers out of spring training. The three affiliates he’s played for in that minor league system are all still located where they were in ’06 and ’07.
In 2011 as a member of the Somerset Patriots, Hernandez captured Atlantic League All-Star Game MVP honors when the game was in York at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
The 49th annual York Area Sports Night event is coming up the evening of Thursday, February 7, and the re-vamped Revolution coaching staff will be on hand to talk with fans about the upcoming season and sign autographs. The event will again be at the Heritage Hills Golf and Conference center as it was last year.
There’s a definite baseball flavor to this year’s event, as the headlining celebrities include Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins and former Orioles World Series Champion Paul Blair. Jenkins won the 1981 NL Cy Young, and Blair collected eight Gold Gloves as an outfielder. That’s a lot of hardware for Blair…it must have gotten overshadowed by Brooks Robinson winning the award every year at third base.
Newly named Revolution Manager Mark Mason will also be on hand, along with his replacement as Revs pitching coach, long time MLB and Atlantic League veteran John Halama. Tickets to the public autograph session from 7 to 8 p.m. are just $25 dollars, which allows you to have one item signed by each celebrity. There is also a reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m. prior to the autograph session, where fans may meet the celebrities more at-length. Those tickets are $75 when purchased in advance, and are $100 at the door.
While tickets to the autograph session may be purchased at the door, fans are encouraged to buy them ahead of time. Tickets may be purchased at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office at Sovereign Bank Stadium, cash or check only.
For all the details on this year’s York Area Sports Night event, visit their website; www.yorksportsnight.com.
Rather than flood the blog with pictures, I thought it would be easier to link to the Revolution Facebook page, where a new photo album from Roger Clemens’ visit to York has been posted. It includes shots of him being in uniform at Monday’s game and Tuesday’s VIP luncheon, press conference and public side-session on the mound at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
The phenomenon that is #ClemensFest 2012 will continue early next week when he visits York. While it’s been confirmed Roger Clemens will not pitch in a game against the Revolution at Sovereign Bank Stadium, he will be taking the hill.
It’s been announced that Clemens will throw a “bullpen” session on Tuesday, but on the main mound at the ballpark in preparation for his second start for the Skeeters, which will be Friday, September 7 in Sugar Land against the Long Island Ducks. If you have a ticket to Tuesday’s game, you’ll be able to come in at 4:45 p.m. to watch Clemens’ workout. The entire press release about the event is pasted below and after the jump, so check it out for all the details.
Speculation continues to swirl around what the future holds for Clemens, as word as also broken the Astros will scout his next start, as they apparently did his first one. If he pitches well against the struggling Ducks, a big-league return during the final month of the season may become a reality for the 50-year-old Clemens. Stay tuned, and see you on Tuesday for the most anticipated bullpen session in Sovereign Bank Stadium history.
OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS: Roger Clemens will make a roadtrip with his new teammates after all. For those of you that got the Suzyn Waldman reference there, why then you have the memory of an elephant. Kudos.
It’s been announced Clemens’ next start for Sugar Land will be Friday, September 7 when the Skeeters host the Long Island Ducks at Constellation Field. But Clemens will indeed travel with the team when they come to York for a four-game series starting Monday, lasting through Thursday. (September 3-6.)
Clemens is scheduled to be with the Skeeters for the first two games of the series in York on Monday and Tuesday. According to the Skeeters, he will then depart back to Texas to get ready for his next start. Should he pitch on 9/7 as scheduled, that would be a 12-day layoff from his previous start last Saturday against Bridgeport.
One could infer that with Clemens scheduled to go on Friday, he will not pitch against the Revolution in York. We’ll see…how about an inning out of the bullpen? Let me make it clear that nothing like that has been mentioned to me. I’m just saying that would be pretty cool.
Here is the link from the Revolution website, where you can buy tickets to one or both of the games on Monday and Tuesday if you want to see Clemens up close: http://yorkrevolution.com/team/roger-clemens-coming-to-york.html
That link also contains the full press release from the Skeeters.
It’s not every day that you get to catch a 300-game winner and seven-time Cy Young Award winner. But former Revolution catcher Octavio Martinez did just that on Saturday Night. He even directed the Skeeters to a 1-0 win to boot, after Clemens exited after three and a third scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and no walks, striking out two in his first start in five years since he was a Yankee in 2007. After catching for the Revolution during the 2011 championship season, Martinez was snapped up by Sugar Land in the off-season expansion draft.
Octavio’s Facebook page has been a treasure-trove of well-wishers the last couple days, and I ripped a couple cool photos from it:
The starting pitcher and catcher always go over things prior to the game, but I have a feeling this meeting will be a lasting memory for Octavio. Hopefully, he’s explaining to Clemens that he doesn’t like it when a pitcher shakes him off. His face looks pretty serious.
Honestly, I’d rather have the Martinez shirt. There’s just something about having your t-shirt jersey being sold next to the Roger Clemens one in the team souvenir shop that is almost as cool as actually catching him in the game. Pretty surreal.
I enjoyed watching all the former Revs in the game (Martinez and Michael Nix with Sugar Land, Kennard Jones with Bridgeport), but it was great to see so many familiar faces in the spotlight, even if it was just for one night. Who knows if ESPN will broadcast any additional games Clemens pitches for Sugar Land.
Now that the media attention around Roger Clemens signing with the Sugar Land Skeeters is coming to a head with his start on Saturday night, I’ve gathered up a few miscellaneous facts and opinions. No matter what your opinion is of Clemens, there is no doubt this week has been tremendous for our league from an exposure standpoint, which benefits all the clubs, not just Sugar Land and Bridgeport, their opponent this weekend.
It’s been 10 years since St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Darryl Kile died suddenly from a heart attack in his Chicago hotel room, prior to a game at Wrigley Field on June 22, 2002. On Thursday night, MLB Network debuted a documentary to mark the anniversary, titled The Life and Death of Darryl Kile.
Former Revolution reliever and 10-year Major League veteran Dave Veres is among the most prominent interviews in the hour long program. Veres, in the documentary and at other times has been referred to as Darryl Kile’s best friend. It’s not hard to see why; both debuted with Houston in the big leagues after playing together in the Astros minor league system, and they were teammates at three different stops in the majors; Houston, Colorado and St. Louis.
Veres was with the Cardinals in 2002 when the tragedy happened. While it was nice to see a familiar face, a nice guy and someone who had one of the better stories of the Revolution’s early days, it was unfortunate it was in such a sobering setting. Veres, who didn’t play in 2005 or 2006 due to chronic hip problems, was pitching with the Revolution in 2008 attempting to comeback – with an artificial hip. His perseverance made national news as one of the bigger names in the Atlantic League, attempting to climb a big mountain.
Ultimately, Veres would decide after half a season that comeback would have to end, but then-Manager Chris Hoiles, who at the time was less than two years the senior of his 41-year-old right-hander, allowed Veres to go out in style. In Veres’ final three appearances as a professional he saved three consecutive games, all at Sovereign Bank Stadium as the Revolution swept a series. His decision to hang it up was not performance based, as in 35.2 innings with the Revs Veres ERA was just 2.27, with six saves total. He accumulated 95 career saves a big leaguer.
Throughout the documentary on Kile, the point was driven home that Kile was not only a top-notch ballplayer, but a top-notch teammate, father and human being. It’s not hard to see why he and Veres were kindred spirits…one story about Veres stood out when I thought about him for the first time in a while as I watched.
In 2008, I remember Veres writing a personalized note to an older fan who was in the hospital, recovering from a painful hip replacement. Who better than to offer good wishes and empathy than Veres, who was pitching professionally after such an ordeal. After I took the card to give to the sales rep who had brought it to me in the first place, Veres said “if there is anything else I can do, please let me know.” Just going out there and pitching was more than enough for us and that one particular fan.
I don’t want to share too many details of the documentary, you should definitely watch for yourself. While it can be difficult to watch, it’s definitely worth an hour, especially to see the bond between Dave Veres and Darryl Kile. There is an encore showing on Friday (July 13) from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., so write yourself a note or set your DVR. MLB Network on Comcast in York is channel 280, 859 in HD. I’m not sure about Directv, sorry. Right now that’s the only encore showing I could find, but I’m sure there will be more.