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.

Check out the story here.

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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Be the first to take home a Thaddeus Stevens’ bobblehead

Thaddeus

It’s almost time.

We, of course, are talking about the Lancaster Barnstormers Thaddeus Stevens’ bobblehead giveaway scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24 — a game against the York Revolution. While Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez bobbleheads come and go, Stevens is one of those bobbleheads that should still be gathering dust years from now. (Wait, is gathering dust a good thing?)

We know what you’re thinking: who is Thaddeus Stevens? We’re here to help by sending you a link to his Wikipedia page. By the looks of the Wikipedia page, the doll doesn’t quite capture Stevens’ epic frown. Tommy Lee Jones came close, and he also portrayed Stevens on the big screen in “Lincoln.”

For those interested in more Stevens info, check out the Thaddeus Stevens Society. Now would be a good time to also figure out if your household needs a keychain or T-shirt featuring the onetime Gettysburg lawyer.

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Marte signs with Angels, headed to Triple-A

Andy Marte fell between the cracks last season. He held out for a job in affiliated baseball, but when he couldn’t find one he had also missed out on a chance to sign with an independent team. The problem? Marte is from the Dominican Republic, so he needs a work visa to play in the U.S. Since he waited until after the regular season began, no Atlantic League team signed him because the wait for a work visa could have delayed his arrival until late August. In the video above, shot during Revs’ spring camp in April, Marte talks about his year away from professional baseball. And here’s a story detailing Marte’s return to baseball that was originally published in April.

Marte finally returned to affiliated baseball Sunday, signing a minor league deal after batting .301 with 19 homers and 74 RBIs in 96 games with York. He will be assigned to Triple-A Salt Lake. (A list and breakdown of all the players in the league signed this season can be found here.) He is the sixth York player signed by major league organizations this season, a number that matches the franchise high that was reached in 2007 and 2011. It’s been a good season for Marte, one that has seen him arrive to camp in April looking a step slower and larger than he had during his time in the majors and in Triple-A. But as the season progressed, he slimmed down. One constant has been his bat, proving he belonged back in affiliated baseball by hitting well almost from the moment he arrived in York.

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Cody one of the best left in league

Revs starter Chris Cody is one of the best starting pitchers in the Atlantic League. A substitute teacher in the offseason, Cody turned down more money from the Mexican League to stay in the Atlantic League this season. Why? He wants to return to affiliated baseball.

A column on Cody printed in the YDR Sunday can be found here.

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Tomko dominating again, but why?

Brett Tomko has recorded five straight quality starts, and he’s been dominating in some of those games.

Tomko started the season looking like a sure bet to be picked up before the Atlantic League All-Star Game. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in April, and he took another no-hit bid into the sixth inning in May. Still, about three quarters of the way through the season, his numbers look mediocre. Tomko is 4-6 with a 4.58 ERA. Granted, the win column has been affected by the streaky nature of this year’s club — York has lost three of his five quality starts.

But Tomko, 40, admitted after a recent outing this week, his training and willingness to come into camp in the best shape of his career may have ultimately hurt his performance in 2013. Unable to earn a contract or an invitation to spring training, Tomko wanted to prove he was healthy. He came to Revs’ preseason camp weeks ahead of where most pitchers were in relationship to their arm strength and endurance. Continue reading “Tomko dominating again, but why?” »

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Teahen blasts two homers

It was a new-look lineup card for the Revs.

Usually center fielder Ruddy Yan bats ninth.

Mark Teahen hits near the middle of the order.

But Revs manager Mark Mason opted to mix things up.

Teahen batted ninth, and he responded with a pair of homers. He hit one to the opposite field in the sixth, driving the second pitch reliever Jordan Ellis threw over the wall in the direction of the Sovereign Bank Stadium carousel. In the eighth inning, he pulled a two-run blast to right field. Continue reading “Teahen blasts two homers” »

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One of original Revs, Castillo — 44 — drowns

Former big league pitcher Frank Castillo, 44, died Sunday, drowning at a lake near his Arizona home. Castillo pitched the final two seasons of his career in York. Drafted by the Cubs in 1987, he returned to the organization where he made his major league debut as a 22-year-old in 1991, when he became a pitching coach with Chicago’s rookie league team in Mesa (Ariz.) in 2011. He remained with Mesa until the Cubs dismissed him in Sept. 2012.

During a 13-year major league career, Castillo pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Detoit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, and Florida Marlins. He went 82-104 with a 4.56 career ERA in the big leagues.

Castillo came out of retirement to sign with the Revs during their inaugural season in 2007 and instantly became one of the Revolution’s best starters.

“He was one of the first guys I saw when I walked in the clubhouse,” fellow 2007 Revolution pitcher Pete Hartmann said. “He told me, ‘Harty weclome to the Revolution’ and gave me a hug.”

Hartmann, who also lives in the Phoenix area and coaches youth travel teams, had known Castillo for years and remained friends with him after they stopped playing. He found out about Castillo’s death when he received a text from another former major leaguer after he returned to town Monday.

“I was standing in Frank’s kitchen (just the other day), and we were planning to go to a Diamondbacks game when we were both in town,” Hartmann said. “Just a travesty.” Continue reading “One of original Revs, Castillo — 44 — drowns” »

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