Working out the kinks

The Revs five-game losing streak came to an end Tuesday night in York’s 6-1 victory against Lancaster. Before the game, York manager Mark Mason noted the team had been pitching well and playing great defense. It just hadn’t been hitting, evidenced by a 2-0, two-hit performance in its last loss.

So he did a drill the team sometimes does when it’s scuffling at the plate.

Mason sits 20 feet in front of the plate on a folding chair. An L-screen protects him from line drives, and he throws the ball around the plate. Continue reading “Working out the kinks” »

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York Revolution’s opening day roster for 2015

The Revs open the 2015 season Friday night against the Long Island Ducks. Here’s a look at the Revs roster, beginning with the starters. Click here to follow live updates from opening night, and watch every Revs home game this season at YorkRevsTV.com.

Shawn Hill

RHP Shawn Hill

RHP Shawn Hill, 33
Born in Mississauga, Ontario
Bats right, throws right
Hill set a Revs record with a 27 ⅔-inning scoreless streak in 2012. That year, he earned a contract with the Blue Jays and finished the season in the Majors, earning a win in relief against the Yankees in his lone appearance. He is one of four native Canadians to play for both the Blue Jays and Expos.

C Salvador Paniagua

C Salvador Paniagua

C Salvador Paniagua, 32
Born in San Juan, Dominican Republic
Bats right, throws right
Entering his fifth season with the Revs, he has the second longest tenure on the Revs roster behind only Corey Thurman.

 

 

1B Andres Perez

1B Andres Perez

Andres Perez, 30
Born in New York City
Bats right, throws right
He’s one of only two players in Revs history to hit for the cycle in a game. He ranks in the career top five in franchise history in hits, home runs, doubles, extra-base hits and RBIs.

 

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Smith talks recovery, return

The last time a lot of fans saw York Revolution outfielder Sean Smith, he was on crutches or displayed in clips on ESPN hopping around the bases on one leg after he tore the patellar tendon in his right knee after hitting a playoff home run. Smith returned with the Revs this season and eyes a possible return to the field in May.

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Henry to start regular season for Revs

Outfielder Desmond Henry, 21, will start the season with the York Revolution. Catch a first glimpse of him here.

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Pounds adds punch to Revs lineup

Bryan Pounds will be the opening-day third baseman for the Revs. (Chris Dunn -- Daily Record Sunday News)

Bryan Pounds will be the opening-day third baseman for the Revs. (Chris Dunn — Daily Record Sunday News)

The bad news the York Revolution had expected, finally happened about 36 hours before the season opener: Travis Garcia was headed to the Mexican League. The Atlantic League veteran, known for mashing off-speed pitches and snaring blasts down the third base line wouldn’t start the season with the York Revolution.

In other years, this could have sent the team scrambling for a replacement.

“It would be a much bigger deal losing Travis if we didn’t have Pounds here,” Mason said. “It’s a big deal losing Travis, but we have an All-Star third baseman from this league last year.” Continue reading “Pounds adds punch to Revs lineup” »

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Henry survived growing up in Compton

Desmond Henry is the youngest player on the York Revolution's spring training roster at 21. (Jim Seip -- Daily Record/Sunday News)

Desmond Henry is the youngest player on the York Revolution’s spring training roster at 21. (Jim Seip — Daily Record/Sunday News)

At age 10, Desmond Henry had nowhere to go. His mother had been evicted from their place in Compton, Calif. She had found a cousin’s house with room for just one, but there was no room for one more little boy. The house was packed.

So Henry called his baseball coach. Even though Coach Gerald Pickens was staying at another person’s house, he welcomed in Henry.

“He had nowhere else to go,” Centennial High School coach Gerald Pickens said. “It should be a movie. … You’ve heard that Elton John song, the one where he sings, ‘Mars is no place to raise a kid?’ Well, Compton is no place to raise a kid. Continue reading “Henry survived growing up in Compton” »

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Keith Lupton, team builder, dies at 73

It happened at some greasy spoon in Lakeland, Fla., eight years ago in what was supposed to be a quick stop before work.

A photographer and I had arrived two days before. In town to cover the York Revolution’s first practices and scrimmages during Atlantic League spring training, we had stopped for breakfast. Our destination was the Detroit Tigers spring training facilities, where most of the Atlantic League teams had broken camp that week as they prepared for the start of the regular season.

Keith Lupton, sitting at a table by himself, waved us down.

Always friendly. Always available to talk. He told us how emotional the last 24 hours had been.

One of the key front office executives with the ownership group that planted teams in Lancaster, York and Southern Maryland. He had been a part of the group working to bring minor league baseball back to York for about a decade. The day before, he had watched the York Revolution finally take the field. Even though he had just built a league championship squad with Lancaster manager Tom Herr the year before, he couldn’t have been happier to see another team on the diamond.

It was the beginning of a team, something he knew worlds about. Continue reading “Keith Lupton, team builder, dies at 73” »

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Sean Smith’s hop around the bases goes viral

York Revolution's Sean Smith, who injured himself while hitting the tying home run, high-fives teammates after the Revs won 3-2 in the 10th inning during game 3 of the Atlantic League divisional playoffs at Santander Stadium in York. (Kate Penn —-- Daily Record/Sunday News)

York Revolution’s Sean Smith, who injured himself while hitting the tying home run, high-fives teammates after the Revs won 3-2 in the 10th inning during game 3 of the Atlantic League divisional playoffs at Santander Stadium in York. (Kate Penn —– Daily Record/Sunday News)


Sports media outlets from ESPN to Deadspin have latched onto this memorable moment from Friday’s York Revolution game against the Sugar Land Skeeters.

Outfielder Sean Smith slugged the tying home run and, while motoring to first base before the ball left the park, tore his ACL and fell to the ground at first.

But the injury didn’t stop Smith from rounding the bases in one of the most emotional moments in Revs history.

Click here to see more about the moment.

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Revs’ magic number at two

Entering a final three-game series with Lancaster to close out the first half, the York Revolution can win the second-half title by defeating Lancaster twice. They can also win the title by defeating Lancaster once and hoping Sugar Land loses once during the first three games of its four-game series against Southern Maryland.


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Sugar Land will need to get on a plane, fly to the East Coast and play Southern Maryland Friday. And then turn around and play a doubleheader Saturday. The fourth game of the series will count toward the second-half standings.

Sugar Land has played its way back into the first-place puzzle by winning five straight.

But here’s some more strange developments. Sugar Land still needs to make up a first-half game at Long Island later this month. And Lancaster still has to make up a game against Somerset that was rained out Thursday as part of a doubleheader. So if the first-half title comes down to Lancaster or Sugar Land needing to win out, the league could have to wait until later in the month to crown a first-half champ.

Related: York Revolution’s celebration plans put on ice in Thursday’s loss to Southern Maryland

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Lerew chasing after major goal

Anthony Lerew spent three season pitching overseas in Japan and Korea before returning to the United States this spring with the York Revolution.

Anthony Lerew spent three season pitching overseas in Japan and Korea before returning to the United States this spring with the York Revolution.

After a game earlier this year, Anthony Lerew posed for teammates in the locker room wearing a minimal amount of clothing, bat in hand, helmet on his head.

Most of his teammates took just a glance at the getup and cracked up. Lerew kept things light.

And everyone noticed the Northern York High School graduate was having fun once again.

Even after earning big-league bucks playing overseas the last three seasons, playing for the York Revolution in the Atlantic League offered its own release.

“I’ve had more fun in the last month than I’ve had in years, because I can understand everyone,” Lerew said earlier this month. Lerew didn’t last long in the Atlantic League, the former Royals and Braves pitcher was signed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and assigned to Triple-A Salt Lake Tuesday, but he enjoyed his time. Continue reading “Lerew chasing after major goal” »

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