Finally getting a night to catch up on Atlantic League/Revolution news, I used Tuesday to chat with former Revs’ players Keoni De Renne and Vince Harrison on their plans for 2013. I also took the time to compile several newsworthy items and tidbits (below) related to the Revs/Atlantic League that have come out in the last couple days.
—I chatted with former Revs’ players Keoni De Renne and Vince Harrison on Tuesday night about their plans for the 2013 season after both coached in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system last year. For the first in his career, De Renne will be assuming a managerial role in 2013. The Hawaii native is set to manage one of the Pirates’ two farm teams in summer league in the Dominican Republic. Harrison cut ties with the Pirates following last season. He is living in Cincinnati and is working on starting up an indoor baseball/softball facility with his younger brother, Josh, who will likely be the starting third baseman for the Pirates big league club in 2013.
—Tickets on sale: The Revs announced Tuesday that individual game tickets for the 2013 season will go on sale Feb. 9. Tickets will be able to be purchased online at www.yorkrevolution.com and in-person at the ticket office at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Full-season tickets and partial season tickets are currently on sale.
—Open tryout: York will host its annual open tryout for the 2013 season April 5 at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The cost to attend the tryout is $40. Players must be at least 18 years of age to tryout. For more information, visit the Revs’ website or contact baseball operations manager Andrew Ball at email@example.com.
—Partnership: The Atlantic League announced Tuesday a partnership with national sports marketing and public relations agency Maroon PR. The partnership will include working together on a variety of expansion and branding plans as the league aims to expand from eight to 12 teams in the near future. According to a press release, Maroon PR president and founder John Maroon began his career working in Major League Baseball’s American League office in 1987, then going on to serve as Director of Media Relations for the Cleveland Indians, Director of Public Relations for the Baltimore Orioles, and Vice President of Communications for Ripken Baseball. After founding Maroon PR in April 2006, Ripken Baseball became its first client, and has continued working with the firm since.
—Rangers sign Feierabend: Thanks to Revs’ media guru Paul Braverman for tracking this one down…Former York Revolution starting pitcher Ryan Feierabend has earned a minor league spring training invite with the Texas Rangers, according to a report last week from The Dallas Morning News.
Last season, Feierabend began the season with the Revs before getting picked up by the Cincinnati Reds and assigned to Class AAA Louisville, where he went 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA in seven starts. The left-hander returned to York on July 26. For the season, Feierabend made 18 starts for the Revs, going 9-5 and setting a new club record ERA (2.70) in 113 innings.
Feierabend, an Ohio native, has 25 major league appearances under his belt from 2006 to 2008 with the Seattle Mariners. The Rangers will mark the fourth big league organization Feierabend has spent time in his tenth year as a pro.
—Ducks announce signings: The Long Island Ducks won last year’s Atlantic League championship. So, it’s only fitting that they’re the first club to announce signings for the 2013 season. Long Island announced Tuesday they are bringing back longtime Ducks’ infielder Ray Navarrete and outfield Joash Brodin. (For those wondering, I’m still not sure yet when I’ll begin publishing the weekly Atlantic League news, transactions post. It will likely begin sometime soon, but I’m thinking of doing it once signings really begin ratcheting up, which should be fairly soon.)Read More