Former York Revolution Baseball Operations Manager Andrew Ball has been named the new Director of Baseball Operations for the Los Angeles Angels.
A native of Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, Ball started with the Revolution in 2011 as a baseball operations intern under then Director of Baseball Operations Michael kirk.
During his first year with the Revs, Ball supported the team and then Revs Manager Andy Etchebarren in the pursuit of their second Atlantic League championship. In 2012 Andrew became the full-time baseball operations manager with the Revs.
In 2014, Ball left the Revolution to complete an internship within the baseball operations department of the Tampa Bay Rays. After his internship, he earned a full-time position with the Rays organization, where he remained until the completion of the 2016 baseball season, proving to be a great fit with an organization that prides itself on its sabermetrics and statistical analysis capabilities.
This will only take three minutes of your day and is well-worth it. Revolution multi-media coordinator Scott Parker put together this 2015 season highlight reel. Great defensive plays, walk-off home runs, and the visit from National Champion Red Land Little League on the final day of the season made the 2015 home schedule at Santander Stadium an all-timer.
And, as you could probably guess, Revolution all-time hit leader and 2015 team triple crown winner Andres Perez figures prominently.
After admirable work by the Revolution bullpen, twice going through a starting rotation with four pitchers following the departure of Shawn Hill, York has added right-handed starter Hunter Adkins to make the rotation whole again.
Adkins, 24, joins the Revs after a solid season with the Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League, in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. In 15 starts for Lake Erie this year, Adkins posted a 2.70 ERA and good strikeout numbers, punching out 94 batters in 96.2 IP. He walked only 32 and gave up just 74 hits in that time.
A year ago and five days, we caught up with New York Mets LHP Scott Rice when they visited Philadelphia for early season action. Once again, we journeyed to Citizen’s Bank Ballpark for the same reason- to chat with a former York Revolution left-handed reliever turned Major Leaguer, in his rookie season in the National League East.
This time around, it’s 2012 alum Ian Thomas, who we have written about a time or two in this space since the Atlanta Braves purchased his contract from the Revolution that season. As we continue to chronicle his rise to the Majors, he was nice enough to take some time out for this interview before the Braves took on the Phillies on April 14. Here’s a nugget that didn’t make it on-camera: The first Major League game Thomas ever attended was the first one he PLAYED in, when the Virginia Beach, VA native made his MLB debut in Milwaukee on March 31 of this year.
Watch the entire video below:
-PB & DH
Unfortunately the team is not in contention, and will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2009. However, the Revolution’s fan support is as strong as ever.
The results on the field last weekend were also good, taking 5-1 and 3-1 wins from Long Island before dropping a 4-2 decision on Sunday. More notable though, is the three crowds totaled up to 14,241 fans through the Sovereign Bank Stadium turnstiles Friday through Sunday, good for the largest number of fans for a three-game series at The Vault this season. The attendance breakdown:
Friday 8/30: 5, 156
Saturday 8/31: 5, 287
Sunday 9/1: 3, 798
The York Revolution organization is stunned to learn about the passing of former pitcher Frank Castillo. He drowned in an Arizona lake on Sunday, July 28. He was 44.
Castillo pitched professionally for 21 years after being drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1987. He made his MLB debut with the Cubs in 1991, and pitched for them until the mid-way point of the 1997 season when he was traded to the Colorado Rockies. He also pitched for the Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlins in 13 MLB seasons, last appearing in the big leagues in 2005. In all he pitched in 297 Major League games, starting 268.
Frank Castillo retired a Rev, after pitching for York during the inaugural 2007 season and again in 2008. In 2007 he made 19 appearances for the Revolution, 16 of which were starts. He went 8-4 that season, with a 3.75 ERA. In ’08 he made the final seven appearances of his career, five starts, posting a 1-0 record.
Castillo is the first former Revolution player to have passed away. Castillo will be honored at Sovereign Bank Stadium prior to the game against Camden on Tuesday, July 30. He was a native of El Paso, Texas.
The Revolution suffered a front office defection a few days back when Client Services Coordinator Karen Luciano left the club for a similar position with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in the Triple-A International League. The Yankees top farm club, after spending this season on a 142-game road trip, will move back into freshly-renovated PNC Field for next season. Their “home base” for this season was league rival Rochester’s Frontier Field, where they played a bunch of their “home games” and temporarily re-branded as the “Empire State Yankees.”
So good for Karen, and she’ll have tons of fun over the next six months ordering brand new signage for what basically amounts to a brand new ballpark. Pretty cool. Adding to all those fresh signs is a total re-branding effort by SWB, who will still be affiliated with the Yankees, but will no longer be called that. Apparently “Yankees” as a nickname has alienated a few Phillies fans in the greater Scranton area. Go figure on that one.
SWB rolled out finalists for their new moniker this week to be voted on by fans, which stirred up good memories of when “Revolution” beat out such competitors as “Choppers, Dukes and Steel Horses.” Not a bad bunch, but I’m glad Revolution won. Below and after the jump are the names and explanations for our soon-to-be-renamed Pennsylvania neighbors to the north, taken from the official team release. My comments on each are in bold.
For SWB, this will be their third name since 2007. Phillies fans will remember that prior to their top farm club becoming the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons were a Phillies affiliate for years until the franchise went to the Yankees after the 2006 season.