The Lancaster Barnstormers could end up looking like the Road Warriors to a lot of York Revolution fans.
Back when the Atlantic League had an uneven number of teams and needed an all-travel team to fill out the schedule, the Road Warriors seemingly showed up once a week. It might have just seemed that way because the games usually dragged, with the Road Warriors typically being overmatched by most every team in the league.
And with no home stadium, the Road Dogs always seemed to be in town.
This year will have a similar feel since York and Lancaster will meet a record 28 times.
Shawn Hill (1-1) hasn’t had the best luck in York this year. He pitched in unseasonably cold weather in the season opener, dealing with wind and temperatures that hovered in the low 50s. Unable to grip his change-up, he allowed just one run but took the loss.
Then he pitched against the Barnstormers in Lancaster’s home opener, dealing with a delay at the start for a ring ceremony and some more crummy weather.
But the one thing that we couldn’t see him struggling with was a kink in his neck. He woke up with a sore neck before his first start in Lancaster. But in his third start of the year, he finally was able to show flashes of what he can do Thursday. Hill (1-1) picked up the win as York earned a 5-2 victory to complete its first sweep in Lancaster in club history. Continue reading →
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 →
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, 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
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.
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.
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 →
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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 →
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.