York Revolution

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York Revolution
YorkRevolution.PNG Revs Cap Logo.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
League Atlantic League (Freedom Division)
Location York, Pennsylvania
Ballpark PeoplesBank Park
Year founded 2006 (2006)
Nickname(s) The Revs
Freedom Division championships 2010, 2011
Atlantic League championships 2010, 2011
Colors Navy blue, yellow, white, silver
                   
Mascot DownTown
2015 season 64–75
Retired numbers 42, 8
Ownership York Professional Baseball Club LLC
Manager Mark Mason
General Manager John Gibson
President Eric Menzer
Media WOYK 1350AM
York Daily Record
York Dispatch
Website www.yorkrevolution.com

The York Revolution is an American professional baseball team based in York, Pennsylvania. It is a member of the Freedom Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, an independent league not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From the 2007 season to the present, the Revolution has played its home games at PeoplesBank Park, located in the Arch Street neighborhood. The team has won the league championship twice, most recently over the Long Island Ducks on October 1, 2011.[1]

Before the Revolution's inaugural season, baseball fans in York had waited 38 years for the return of the sport since the York White Roses folded after the 1969 season. In 2006, Yorkers chose the name "Revolution" in a team-sponsored fan ballot.[2] The name originally referred to the city's colonial heritage, especially because the Continental Congress passed the Articles of Confederation in York during the Revolutionary War. At the time of the American Revolution, York was one of the first capitals of the United States.[3] In 2012, the Revolution unveiled a new brand to emphasize York's more recent contributions to the Industrial Revolution with a secondary emphasis on patriotism. The region is home to industrial manufacturers such as Harley-Davidson, Stauffer's, and York International/Johnson Controls.[4] Many Yorkers also see the Revolution name as a symbol of the city's renaissance efforts.[5]

History of York Baseball[edit]

York White Roses[edit]

Main article: York White Roses

The York White Roses, also known as the York Pirates in their last two seasons of existence, played from 1884 to 1969. The White Roses were bitter rivals of the Red Roses of the nearby city of Lancaster. Both teams were named after the two factions of England's historic Wars of the Roses.

A Revolution[edit]

York tried for ten years to bring professional baseball back to the city. The process looked promising in 2003, until politics halted the project. The new baseball stadium was to be located at Small Athletic Field, on York City School District property, but the district's board voted negatively as they did not believe the ballpark would be the best use of district money and land. For three years, political and financial discussions continued to delay the project. A new site for the stadium was agreed upon in the Arch Street neighborhood, with all of the pieces falling into place. Other sites that were considered but did not come to fruition were Hoffman Field and the Ohio Blenders of PA, Inc.

In April 2006, the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball formally announced an expansion team for the city of York.[6] One of the prominent members of the team's ownership group is Brooks Robinson, who played with the York White Roses and later with the Baltimore Orioles from 1955 to 1977. A statue of Robinson was erected in the area outside the stadium entrance and called Brooks Robinson Plaza in his honor.[7]

The Revolution's inaugural season saw the team finish 3rd in the South Division with a record of 58–68. Their fortunes changed quickly, however, with 2008 bringing a 1st place finish in the newly named Freedom Division and the franchise's first trip to the playoffs. The Revs were ousted early in the 2008 playoffs, but were back with a vengeance in 2010 when they won the Atlantic League Championship, the first professional baseball title the city had won since the 1969 York Pirates of the Eastern League.[8] The Revs took home the trophy again in 2011, winning back-to-back championships and becoming just the second team in league history to accomplish the feat. They returned to the playoffs for a third straight season in 2012, but lost in the opening round.

In the 2009 preseason, the Revolution joined the two other Atlantic League teams in holding their spring training at home instead of the traditional site in Lakeland, Florida. The respective ownership groups of the three teams came to this decision so as to cut costs, citing the 2008 economic recession.

On March 24, 2014, the Revolution became the first professional baseball team to accept Bitcoins as a form of payment for ticket purchases.[9]

All-Star Game[edit]

The Revolution hosted the 2011 Atlantic League All-Star Game at PeoplesBank Park on July 14, 2011. They had 7 players named to the All-Star team in addition to manager Andy Etchenbarren, who skippered the Freedom Division. In front of a sellout crowd, two of those Revolution players, Corey Thurman and Val Majewski, helped to lead the Freedom Division to a 7–0 shutout over the Liberty Division. Thurman started the game, throwing two shutout innings and Majewski hit a solo homerun over the right field wall to start the scoring. Michael Hernandez of the Somerset Patriots ended up taking home the game’s MVP award with a solo blast of his own and an RBI triple in the 7th inning.[10] Prior to the game, Val Majewski participated in the homerun derby and was a member of the winning team. The first pitch of the All-Star Game was thrown out by former Dover High School football player and current Green Bay Packer John Kuhn.[11]

Logos and Uniforms[edit]

The Revolution's original primary logo

From 2007-2010, the York Revolution's colors were navy blue, red, white, brass, and silver. The original brand focused exclusively on symbols such as the United States flag and the bald eagle. The team re-branded for the 2011 season to the look used today.

The current team colors of the York Revolution are navy blue, yellow, white, and silver. The "Revolution" wordmark colored white in an industrial script centered on a navy blue background. The word "York" is featured above in white with a baseball standing in for the letter "O". The entire wordmark is outlined in silver. Centered above the wordmark is a bald eagle holding a baseball bat.

The York Revolution wear caps produced by OC Sports and uniforms by New Balance. The caps are navy blue throughout with a stylized white "Y" topped with an eagle's head clutching a baseball. The entire cap logo is outlined in silver. The Revolution wordmark is centered on the back, lower edge of the cap. There is also an all yellow hat featuring the York "Y" being grasped by an eagle talon.

The home jerseys are white with navy blue and yellow paneling down the sides. They feature a navy blue cursive serif wordmark with a yellow outline that pays tribute to the Baltimore Orioles script. The away jersey is gray with navy blue and yellow paneling down the sides. Across the chest is the cursive "York" wordmark in navy blue outlined in yellow with a traditional underscore. The team also sports a third alternate jersey, which has changed numerous times over the years.

Season-by-Season Records[edit]

York Revolution
Season Record Winning % Finish Manager Playoffs
2007 58–68 .460 3rd Chris Hoiles Did not qualify for play-offs
2008 71–69 .507 1st Chris Hoiles Lost Division Championship vs. Somerset Patriots, 0–2
2009 53–87 .379 4th Chris Hoiles/Sam Snider/Andy Etchenbarren Did not qualify for play-offs
2010 69–71 .493 2nd Andy Etchenbarren Won Freedom Division vs. Somerset Patriots, 3–2
Won Atlantic League Championship vs. Bridgeport Bluefish, 3-0
2011 73–51 .589 1st Andy Etchenbarren Won Freedom Division vs. Lancaster Barnstormers, 3-2
Won Atlantic League Championship vs. Long Island Ducks, 3-1
2012 79–61 .564 2nd Andy Etchenbarren Lost Division Championship vs. Lancaster Barnstormers, 0–3
2013 65–75 .464 5th Mark Mason Did not qualify for play-offs
2014 71–52 .577 1st Mark Mason Lost Division Championship vs. Sugar Land Skeeters, 2–3
2015 64–75 .460 4th Mark Mason Did not qualify for play-offs
Totals 603–609 .498     14–13 Playoff Record
2 Freedom Division Championships, 2 Atlantic League Championships

Tradition[edit]

War of the Roses[edit]

"War of the Roses" logo

The South Central Pennsylvania cities of York and Lancaster have a historical rivalry in all sporting events from the high-school level to the professional. Since both cities are named after the English cities of York and Lancaster, the former Pennsylvania baseball teams were named for the opposing sides of the Wars of the Roses. As a metaphor, the "War of the Roses" describes the intense baseball matches between the York White Roses and the Lancaster Red Roses. With the addition of the York Revolution to the Atlantic League, the team continues the White Roses' tradition as they battle the Lancaster Barnstormers for lower Susquehanna supremacy.

The "War of the Roses" was rekindled with the sound of notional cannon-fire at the start of the 2007 Atlantic League season in Wrightsville, a borough located on the Susquehanna River, the natural boundary between York and Lancaster counties. The winner of the "War of the Roses" is presented with the Community Cup, while the defeated team is obligated to sing the ballpark classic "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and plant a rose garden at the opponent's ballpark with their representative color: white for York, red for Lancaster. The first Community Cup was captured by the Barnstormers in the 2007 season, though the Revolution returned the favor by winning it in 2008.[12] The clubs also compete in the Route 30 Showdown, an annual cross-county doubleheader inadvertently created at the conclusion of the 2008 season by a rain-delay.[13]

Community Cup Record[14]
Year Series Winner Revolution W Barnstormers W Notes
2007 Barnstormers 8 10 first Community Cup
2008 Revolution 11 9  
2009 Barnstormers 6 14  
2010 Revolution 16 4 the earliest Cup win; July 24
2011 Barnstormers 8 10  
2012 Barnstormers 10 10 Lancaster retains cup in tie
2013 Revolution 12 8  
2014 Revolution 13 7 first consecutive Cup win
2015 Barnstormers 11 15  
Overall Barnstormers (5–4) 95 87  

Philanthropy[edit]

In 2013, the team started the York Revolution Community Fund through the York County Community Foundation. The team raises funds through jersey auctions, memorabilia sales, 50/50 raffles, and the sale of other items like the Revs Kitchen cookbook, which sees Revolution players, coaches, and staff sharing their favorite recipes. The money raised by the fund is then given back to the community in the form of grants to local non-profit groups who provide services directly to York County.[15]

The Revolution benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters youth mentoring organization annually by wearing purple jerseys that are auctioned off immediately following the Purple Jersey Night game.[16] Additionally, the team also partnered with Columbia Gas to donate $50 to the York Red Cross for each run scored by a Revolution player.[17]

Radio[edit]

The official broadcast home of the York Revolution is WOYK 1350 AM, with Darrell Henry as the "Voice of the Revolution." Prior to the 2010 season, games were heard on WSBA 910 AM.

Televison[edit]

While Revolution games are not broadcast on television, each game is streamed live via the "York Revs TV" YouTube Channel.[18]

On-Field Entertainment[edit]

Mascots[edit]

The York Revolution's official mascot is an anthropomorphic, blue creature named DownTown. He wears the team's home jersey, the primary cap worn backwards, with blue and white sneakers. DownTown debuted on March 31, 2007 at the "Mascot: The Musical" production at the DreamWrights Theater. His full name is DownTown Yorkie, and is the result of a sponsorship deal with Downtown Inc, a partnership of community-minded companies that work to improve and celebrate downtown York.[19][20] The mascot was designed by the Raymond Entertainment Group, which also produces the Phillie Phanatic's costume. DownTown has a cousin named SmallTown, who will occasionally turn up at games. He debuted in 2009 and wears the number 1/2.[citation needed]The Revolution also host a character named Cannonball Charlie, who fires a cannon after each home run or home game victory by the team. He wears the uniform of a period Continental Army soldier.[21]

Single Season Records[edit]

Offensive[edit]

  • Hits: 172.....James Shanks, 2010
  • Doubles: 38.....Andres Perez, 2013
  • Triples: 17.....Eric Patterson, 2014
  • Homeruns: 34.....Chris Nowak, 2012
  • RBIs: 107.....Chris Nowak, 2012
  • Walks: 84.....Scott Grimes, 2010
  • Stolen Bases: 55.....Wilson Valdez, 2014

Pitching[edit]

  • Wins: 15.....Chris Cody, 2013
  • Strikeouts: 139.....Chris Cody, 2013
  • Saves: 28.....Rommie Lewis, 2014

Atlantic League All-Stars[edit]

The following players were named to the Atlantic League All-Star team in each particular season. An asterisk (*) indicates the player participated in the home run derby.

2007

  • Chris Cooper (LHP)
  • Matt Dryer (INF)
  • Nate Espy* (INF)
  • Chris Steinborn (LHP)
  • Luis Taveras (C)

2008

  • Sandy Aracena (C)
  • Jason Aspito (OF)
  • Nick McCurdy (RHP)
  • Jason Olson (RHP)

2009

  • Tom Collaro (DH)
  • Keoni DeRenne (INF)
  • Chris Hoiles (MGR)
  • Jason Kershner (LHP)
  • Corey Thurman (RHP)

2010

  • Ian Bladergroen* (1B)
  • Ramon Castro (SS)
  • Scott Grimes (CF)
  • Derell McCall (RHP)
  • John Pachot (C)
  • Jesus Sanchez (LHP)
  • James Shanks (LF)

2011

  • Matt DeSalvo (RHP)
  • Andy Etchenbarren (MGR)
  • Eric Eymann (SS)
  • Vince Harrison (3B)
  • Val Majewski* (CF)
  • Octavio Martinez (C)
  • James Shanks (LF)
  • Corey Thurman (RHP)

2012

  • Andy Etchenbarren (MGR)
  • Brandon Haveman (CF)
  • Michael Hernandez (DH)
  • Andrew Perez (2B)
  • Adam Thomas (RHP)
  • Corey Thurman (RHP)

2013

  • Chris Cody (LHP)
  • Salvador Paniagua (C)
  • Eric Patterson (SS)
  • Andres Perez (2B)
  • Michael Wuertz (RHP)

2014

  • Rommie Lewis (LHP)
  • Johan Limonta (INF/OF)
  • Eric Patterson (2B)
  • Wilson Valdez (SS)

2015

  • Brandon Boggs (OF)
  • Luis De La Cruz (C)
  • Stephen Penney (RHP)
  • Andres Perez (INF)
  • Bryan Pounds (INF)
  • Logan Williamson (LHP)

Atlantic League/ National Awards[edit]

Player of the Year

  • Scott Grimes, 2010 (co)

Manager of the Year

  • Andy Etchenbarren, 2011
  • Mark Mason, 2014

Baseball America All-Independent Team

  • Scott Grimes (OF), 2010
  • Chris Nowak (DH), 2011
  • Ramon Castro (2B), 2011
  • Chris Nowak (1B), 2012
  • Andres Perez (2B), 2012

Notable Alumni[edit]

These are some of the notable players who made it to the majors after playing in York. The years in parentheses indicate when they were with the Revs.

  • Tike Redman (2007)
  • Scott Rice (2011)
  • Ian Thomas (2012)

Retired Numbers[edit]

5 – Brooks Robinson
Began his professional baseball career in York, playing 95 games for the White Roses in 1955. He had an extremely successful 23 year career in the MLB, all spent with the Baltimore Orioles. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983 and is a member of the Revolution's ownership group.
8 – Andy Etchebarren
Spent 15 years in the MLB, 12 of which were with the Baltimore Orioles. He managed the Revolution for four seasons (2009–2012), compiling 237 wins and guiding the team to three straight playoff appearances, including back-to-back Atlantic League Championships. He retired from baseball at the end of the 2012 season.
42 – Jackie Robinson
Was the first African-American to play in the MLB when he started for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He spent his entire 10 year career in Brooklyn and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. His number was retired throughout professional baseball on April 15, 1997.

Current Roster[edit]

York Revolution roster
Active (25-man) roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers



 

Catchers

  •  6 Luis De La Cruz
  • 15 Alberto Espinosa
  • 34 Salvador Paniagua

Infielders

Outfielders

 

Manager

  • Mark Mason

Coaches

  • Paul Fletcher (pitching)
  • Enohel Polanco (bench coach)

Injury icon 2.svg Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated April 24, 2015
Transactions

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Revs are Atlantic League champions!!!". Atlantic League. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ "York Baseball Team Name Announcement". York Revolution. Archived from the original on July 18, 2006. Retrieved July 10, 2006. 
  3. ^ "The Straight Dope: York, Pennsylvania: First capital of the United States?". The Straight Dope. Retrieved August 14, 2006. 
  4. ^ "York Revolution introduce new logos, uniforms, and modified colors". York Revolution. Retrieved March 12, 2012. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Other Possible References to York's Revolution". York Revolution. Archived from the original on July 18, 2006. Retrieved July 10, 2006. 
  6. ^ "York to Play Ball in 2007". York Revolution. Retrieved August 2, 2006. [dead link]
  7. ^ "York Stadium Design Honors Brooks Robinson". Brooks Robinson. York Revolution. 2006. Archived from the original on 25 April 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Revs are Atlantic League champions!!!". Atlantic League. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  9. ^ http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4753973
  10. ^ Walk, John (July 14, 2011). "Revs’ players help Freedom Division win Atlantic League All-Star Game". York Revolution Rumblings. The York Dispatch. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 
  11. ^ Walk, John (June 15, 2012). "Voting begins for 2012 Atlantic League All-Star game". York Revolution Rumblings. The York Dispatch. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Revs uniforms". York Revolution. Retrieved May 5, 2007. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Route 30 Showdown". Lancaster Barnstormers. Retrieved November 13, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Community Cup". York Revolution. [dead link]
  15. ^ "York Revolution Community Fund". York Revolution. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Purple Jersey Night". York Revolution. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Supporting Our Neighbors". Opening Day Partners. Retrieved December 23, 2015. Each time a player on our York, Pa., ballclub scored a run in 2007, Columbia Gas donated $50 to the York Red Cross, raising more than $15,000 in just the program's first year. 
  18. ^ "YorkRevs TV". YouTube. Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  19. ^ ""DownTown" Introduced as Revolution Mascot". York Revolution. Retrieved September 28, 2008. [dead link]
  20. ^ "Downtown Inc sponsors". Downtown Inc. Retrieved September 28, 2008. [dead link]
  21. ^ "Cannonball Charlie". Atlantic League. Retrieved October 1, 2008. 

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