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.

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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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Revs offense struggles with odd schedule

Talking to York Revolution manager Mark Mason Wednesday after his team’s fourth straight loss, and it’s easy to understand what might be ailing his team’s offense.

Mason rattles off what has been a hectic early-season schedule, complete with scheduled doubleheaders and rain delays and postponements.

“Flips and tosses and all those things you do in the cage are good, but I think early in the year you need to get on the field,” Mason said.

Take a look at the Revolution’s last 10 days: Continue reading “Revs offense struggles with odd schedule” »

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Change in style

Revs manager Mark Mason wanted a team that could run. He wanted team speed. And he found some.

After injuries and retirements decimated a team that was built to run last year, Mason once again assembled a team that can manufacture runs without the aid of a long ball.

“There’s about three or four guys that have the green light all the time unless I stop them,” Mason said. “But I want to see how they handle it. … If they’re smart (on when to attempt stolen bases), I’m going to let them go.”

Sean Smith showed what can happen in the season opener, stealing second base and moving to third when the throw from the catcher bounced in front of second base and rolled into the outfield.

Wilson Valdez offers another running option. And Eric Patterson used to put up huge stolen base numbers, but he has cracked double figures in stolen bases during a season just once since he swiped 43 in 2009.

So the potential is there for York to run a year after they finished last in the league in stolen bases (47) and attempts (71).

Mason did say he expects his team to run into outs, because he wants his team to be aggressive on the base paths. But that aggressiveness will also create runs.

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The firsts of the 2014 York Revolution season

The York Revolution opened season with a 6-1 win. Photo by Kate Penn, Daily Record.

The York Revolution opened season with a 6-1 win. Photo by Kate Penn, Daily Record.

The York Revolution kicked off its eighth season in style Thursday evening with a 6-1 victory over the Camden Riversharks at newly named Santander Stadium.

Sean Smith, Wilson Valdez (yes, the former Phillie), Eric Patterson, and Tim Torres had two hits apiece to lead the offense and six pitchers combined to hold Camden to six hits, none after the sixth inning. Salvador Paniagua smashed a two-run home run for York.

Here is a list of season firsts from opening night.

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Burgamy joins Saints, hits walk-off homer

The independent St. Paul Saints signed former Revs slugger Brian Burgamy Saturday, bringing to end any York hopes of re-signing the slugger in August.

Burgamy hit a walk-off homer Sunday, ending what had been a 3 hour, 50-minute game.

The only chance Burgamy could return to York this season is if St. Paul trades him to York at the end of its season. That would be if York felt the need to bolster its roster in September, something that seems unlikely as York remains in last place in the Freedom Division.

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Tomko leaves York to pursue opportunity with Royals

Brett Tomko, 40, came to York hoping to earn another shot at pitching with a major league organization in 2013. He left York after Saturday night’s complete game, not sure if he would pitch again. He has an opportunity to complete scout and player development school with the Kansas City Royals, and he couldn’t pass it up.

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Tomko did say if he returns to pitch, it won’t be in York or for any independent team. He lost too much money to live with his family and play in York.

“As fun as it was, it cost us a lot of money to be out here,” Tomko said. “If I go down to winter ball and don’t get signed, that is probably the end of the run.”

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Susquehannock grad in middle of failed proposal

New Britain Rock Cats executive vice president Jeff Garner placed himself in the middle of an awkward situation Friday night. That’s him, in the black golf shirt with the microphone, introducing a couple on the field during a minor league baseball game for the New Britain Rock Cats.

The between-innings promotion featured a marriage proposal. This proposal stood out because the woman said no –- and everyone couldn’t stop talking about it.

The video went viral. (It had almost a million views on YouTube Wednesday night.) Yahoo featured the video on its crawl. Newspapers ran stories on the failed proposal. It had become such a story of interest that the television show Inside Edition broke the news Tuesday night (four days after the fact) that the whole ordeal was a skit thought up by the New Britain front office.

Garner, a 1995 Susquehannock High School graduate, originally brought up the idea in a meeting last summer.

“It was a collaborative effort,” Garner said. “It was actually something we had talked about last year … but it got shot down.” Continue reading “Susquehannock grad in middle of failed proposal” »

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Tile joines Revs’ front office

The York Revolution announced Nate Tile as its new vice president of business development on Tuesday. Tile, a York College graduate, was most recently the director of sales for Central Penn Business Journal.

Tile helps fill the void created when Neil Fortier left the Revs in the middle of the season. Fortier, one of the first employees hired by the Revs, left the Atlantic League for a sales job with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Oddly enough, Fortier became the second former Revs front office employee to join the Cavs. (And he’s the third Cavs’ front office staffer with Opening Day Partners ties — joining Brad Sims and Matt O’Brien.)

Click on the jump to view the Revs’ press release. Continue reading “Tile joines Revs’ front office” »

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