2013: Season in review
The Revs will play their final home game of the season Monday night. Unfortunately I won’t be there. But I was there for the second-to-last home game of the season on Sunday. Click here to check out my column recapping the 2013 season. Below is a collection of quotes from pitcher Corey Thurman and manager Mark Mason looking back on the season. Also, Revs’ president and general manager Eric Menzer confirmed that Mason will be returning for the 2014 season.
Before we get that, though, just wanted to point out some other Revs-related items worth checking out:
Rice: Scott Rice’s storybook rookie season in the majors won’t have a happy ending. The former York Revolution pitcher will have his 2013 season cut short because of hernia surgery. For the year, the left-hander is 4-5 with a 3.71 ERA, striking out 41 and walking 27 in 73 games (51 innings).
Alumni update: Check out the Revolution blogtoblogchamps blog for an update on a few former Revs participating in affiliated minor league playoff action. It includes updates on pitchers Matt Fox, Justin Hampson and Ian Thomas and third baseman Andy Marte.
RHP Corey Thurman: Revs’ pitcher Corey Thurman went just three innings Sunday, pulled in the fourth after allowing a lead-off single to Luis Lopez followed by a two-run home run to Alexis Gomez. Thurman got tagged for nine runs on 12 hits in three innings. He now has a 6.60 ERA in 27 starts in his sixth season with the Revs. Thurman, who turns 35-years-old in November, said afterwards he plans to play next year in what would be his 19th pro season.
“Oh, yeah. I’m coming back to play next year for sure. I’ll be 35 next year and I’m No. 35 so I always told my wife Angela that I at least want to play to my No. 35.”
Off-season plans: “Right now I just want to focus on Sugar Land for Friday night. And after that I’ll worry about the winter ball stuff. If I do go anywhere I won’t know until after Thanksgiving. Right now it’s about taking care of the family and making sure everything is good here in York. It’s been a rough year for me personally. But it’s also been a rough year for us as a team. When you go through stuff like that and things happen you just have to learn from the mistakes. It’s been more of a season of bad luck than anything else. How many one-run games have we lost as a team? That’s bad luck. If you just win half of those and we’re in the playoffs. And that’s almost been a microcosm of the season for me as well.”
Given how rough this year has been, do you change anything in the off-season just as far as your workouts and preparation for next season?: “No. I won’t change anything because I physically feel great. I don’t feel any problems and I don’t feel anything going on. Hopefully the luck turns around.”
Revs’ manager Mark Mason:
With so many players (six) retiring this year, does that change your approach next season as to what guys you sign when it comes to their ages?: “No. And the reason why is when quality players are available and you talk to them and they’re excited about playing, you never know what’s going to happen until you get into it. When guys tell you they’re excited to play and they’re even asking when the playoffs are gonna be because of conflicts in the off-season, you have to take their word for it. My answer to your question would be no.”
- On top of the retirements, you also had other players leave for various reasons. As a result, you have to find replacements. It seems like that has been more difficult this season than years past? Somerset and Sugar Land haven’t had much trouble, but I think that has more to do with their winning records?: “That plays into it but by the same token they really haven’t had to make a lot of wholesale changes. We’ve had to make a lot of changes. Right now I think we have eight players on the roster right now who were here in spring training. There’s been a lot of turnover here. There were a lot of guys that were available coming out of affiliated ball in the middle of the year and a lot of those guys went to Mexico for the money. There were a few guys that went to some other places. For the most part, we’ve had six or seven short stops, 10 or 11 left-fielders, five or six third baseman. We’ve just been trying to scramble to make sure we can get quality guys and with injuries and retirements and signings it’s been a tough year trying to keep a quality club.”
-The offensive numbers are there (entering Sunday, York sat first in the league in total hits (1,275) and doubles (243) and is second in batting average (.276) and third in homers (119)) but the issue has been a matter of bringing it all together at the right time?: “Yeah but I think this group of guys is hitting .273 or .274 and that’s still near the top of the league. And obviously when the Martes and Fios and Burgamys, who were all hitting over .300…we lost a lot of quality players. And what that tells me is we signed the right guys. We signed guys with quality that have talent. You don’t know is going to go to affiliates. Sometimes guys stay here all season but then sometimes affiliates have a need late in the season and they take one of our guys. I think that just says we did a good job of putting a good team together in the off-season.”
- The team is 15-30 in one-run games this year (York’s 45 one-run games this season also leads the league and is a new club record for a single season). Can you remember a year like that as a manager?: “Usually in a season you maybe only play 20 one-run games. It really is (uncharacteristic). I think when you look at the numbers when we have a lead after the eighth inning we’re undefeated.” – York is 52-7 this season when holding a lead after the eighth inning, 54-6 after the seventh inning and 52-9 after the sixth inning. On the opposite end, York is 1-55 when trailing after eight innings, 1-57 when trailing after seven and 3-54 when trailing after six – “Even in today’s game we were down 9-2 we got the bases loaded and got two runs out of it and then we had guys on with no outs and a guy on with one out. If you get a hit here and a hit there, you don’t know how things are gonna work out. It’s just been of those kinds of years. It’s there and then it’s back. It’s there and then it’s back. When Burgamy left I believe we were seven games over .500.” – Burgamy left for the Mexican League on June 5, York was 26-21 at the time and won its next two games to go a season-high seven games over .500 – “There’s been a lot of games played since he left.”
- What’s the routine when the season ends as far as when you guys start sitting down to look at next year’s roster?: “The season will be over and we’ll be into October. We’ll probably contact guys that are on the roster presently that we would like to bring back that would probably happen before Thanksgiving. Once we get through the holidays we’ll start taking a look at what else is available.”
Winter ball: Here’s a list of current Revs who have a deal or are working on a deal to play winter ball this off-season, according to hitting coach Enohel Polanco: Pitchers Chris Cody (Aguillas, Dominican Republic), Edward Paredes (Aguillas, Dominican Republic), Wilson Batista (Dominican Republic, club unknown), Ofilio Castro (Nicaragua, club unknown), Julio DePaula (has offer from Escogido in Dominican Republic but might play in Puerto Rico), Pedro Liriano (has offer from Escogido in Dominican Republic but might play in Puerto Rico), Zach Segovia (Puerto Rico, club unkonwn) and catcher Salvador Paniagua (Domincan Republic, club unknown) and outfielder Ruddy Yan (Dominican Republic, club unknown). Cody said Sugar Land pitcher Michael Nix (former Revs’ pitcher) and former Revs’ third baseman Andy Marte (currently playing for the Los Angeles Angels’ Class AAA Salt Lake affiliate) have deals in place to play alongside him for Aguillas this winter.