The York Revolution defeated a team of retired Atlantic League alumni, 12-2, on Saturday as part of York’s 2013 Fan Fest. To read the full story, click here.
York Dispatch photo editor Randy Flaum and intern Shelby Seaton also took plenty of photos at the event (To be exact, 55 pictures are posted).
Opening Day: Before we get to Fan Fest news, York manager Mark Mason named his Opening Day starter for Thursday against Bridgeport, in addition to his No. 2 starter and his plans for the rest of the rotation. Click here to read that story.
Fan Fest: Making his first spring training start – and his first in a Revs uniform – right-hander Brett Tomko went four innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits with five strikeouts, throwing 46 of 72 pitches for strikes. Tomko had a shaky first inning, allowing a run on two hits, before settling in the rest of the way.
“The first inning, that was going really fast,” Tomko said. “The first time the game feels really fast. I’m making the adjustments after the first inning. It’s the first time I threw pitches at full speed. It’s working out of bad habits. It was interesting. I’m happy with it. The shapes of my pitches were good.”
York, which improved to 3-0 in spring training, had a little scare in the top of the first inning when Tomko’s left non-throwing wrist got hit on a bouncer off the bat of Matt Hagen. Tomko had a sleeve on his wrist after the game to keep the swelling down on the bruise on his wrist, but said he feels fine.
“I didn’t get hit all last year. Then the first inning, boom! Welcome to York,” Tomko said.
York relievers Wade Korpi, Joe Testa, Julio DePaula, Josh Judy and Juan Rincon each tossed a scoreless inning in relief.
(Note*Before we get to alumni team highlights, wanted to note that York third baseman Andy Marte did not see action Saturday because he is still recovering from stiffness in his leg, which first developed in Thursday’s scrimmage at Somerset. Mason said Marte did some running Saturday morning and felt better than the day before: “I just told him ‘You’re down today for sure and maybe tomorrow (Sunday). I’m in no hurry to run him back out there. I think next time he plays it’ll be DH. It doesn’t look like a tear. Tehre’s no bruising. I just think it’s sore.”)
Alumni highlights: The player who had perhaps the most impressive performance for the alumni team was former York reliever Sean Stidfole, who retired after pitching for York in 2011.
The right-handed reliever tossed a scoreless inning for the alumni team, striking out two and giving up one hit. His pitch speed was in the upper 80s.
“I tried messing with him from third base when he was doing his warm-up pitches and he wouldn’t even look at me,” said Mason, who coached Stidfole in 2011. “I went out there and I’m like ‘Stid’, easy. Take it easy on us.’ He wouldn’t even look (at me). After he struck the first guy out he looked at me and I’m like ‘Yeah, I know.’”
All of this is even more incredible considering Stidfole told me in pre-game batting practice that he had only pitched once since last playing for York in 2011.
“It means a lot to me (coming back to York,” Stidfole said. “I really appreciate the fact I got invited to this. There’s only, I’m sure, a select few people who get to come back. But I really appreciate it. Obviously I miss the game. I’ll miss it forever. The chance to come out here just to have a little fun with old teammates, it is great.”
Stidfole, 29, said he is still working full-time for Morrison, Inc., a geothermal and air conditioning company based out of Duncannon. He lives about an hour’s drive north of York.
Former Revs outfielder Val Majewski had arguably the best bat of any alumni players, his highlight was an RBI double off of Tomko in the top of the first inning.
“I played with Val a couple years ago at Round Rock (the Class AAA affiliate of the Texas Rangers),” Tomko said. “It’s funny, he (Majewski) got on second base and he’s like ‘What are you doing?’ I had thrown a change-up to him. He’s like ‘That’s right at my bat speed.’ It was fun to see those guys.”
Majewski’s performance isn’t all that surprising considering he batted plus-.300 in 41 combined games at Class AAA Round Rock the last two seasons (he played mostly at Class AA Frisco last year). He’s not bitter about not getting called up to the Rangers’ big league roster in neither of the last two seasons.
“I was there to go in and be a fill-in guy. I don’t know if they expected me to do as well – I don’t even know if I expected myself to do as well as I did,” Majewski said. “They had a lot of outfielders and in-house guys to fill in with injuries and guys who were already on the 40-man roster. I was happy for the opportunity with them. I was just happy to be playing everyday where I was at that point.”
Majewski, 32, said he continues to stay in game shape and that he’s still not officially retired.”Not yet. I’m not like a major league guy where I’ll have a press conference to announce anything,” he said. “If anybody called me I’d entertain it for sure. I just didn’t get a call this year.”
Majewski said he’s working from home for an insurance agency while living in Maryland with his wife and their four-year-old son and four-month-old daughter.“The daughter was born in December,” he said. “Now I have two kids to support. I’d love to keep playing if I was 50 and I was physically able. But I got worry about my family now.”
Left-hander Wayne Franklin, who retired after the 2010 season, got the start for the alumni team. He got tagged for eight runs (six earned) on five hits and eight walks in four innings of work, throwing 99 total pitches. Seven of the runs came in the second inning.Chatting in pre-game warm-ups, Franklin said he still stays in baseball shape throwing in a batting cage at his California home with his three teenage sons. His 14-year-old is a pitcher, the 15-year-old a center-fielder and the 16-year-old a catcher.
“My wife and I built this huge cage in our backyard,” Franklin said. “It’s 16 feet high, 16 feet wide. I’m throwing batting practice all the time.”
Franklin said he currently provides baseball lessons and is looking at getting into coaching in the future.Read More