York Revolution

The York Revolution is an American professional baseball team based in York, Pennsylvania. It is a member of the Freedom Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, an independent "partner league" of Major League Baseball.[1][2] The Revolution has played its home games at PeoplesBank Park, located in the Arch Street neighborhood, since 2007. The team has won the league championship three times, most recently over the Long Island Ducks on September 29, 2017.[3]

York Revolution
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Team logo Cap insignia
LeagueAtlantic League (Freedom Division)
LocationYork, Pennsylvania
BallparkPeoplesBank Park
Year founded2006 (2006)
Nickname(s)The Revs
Freedom Division championships(3) 2010, 2011, 2017
Atlantic League championships(3) 2010, 2011, 2017
ColorsNavy blue, gold, white, silver
Retired numbers42, 8, 35, 5
OwnershipYork Professional Baseball Club LLC
ManagerMark Mason
General ManagerJohn Gibson
PresidentEric Menzer
MediaWOYK 1350AM
York Daily Record
York Dispatch

Before the Revolution's inaugural season, baseball fans in York had waited 38 years for the return of the sport since the York White Roses folded after the 1969 season. In 2006, Yorkers chose the name "Revolution" in a team-sponsored fan ballot.[4] The name originally referred to the city's colonial heritage, especially because the Continental Congress passed the Articles of Confederation in York during the Revolutionary War. At the time of the American Revolution, York was one of the first capitals of the United States.[5] In 2012, the Revolution unveiled a new brand to emphasize York's more recent contributions to the Industrial Revolution with a secondary emphasis on patriotism. The region is home to industrial manufacturers such as Harley-Davidson, Stauffer's, and York International/Johnson Controls.[6] Many Yorkers also see the Revolution name as a symbol of the city's renaissance efforts.[4]

History of York baseballEdit

York White RosesEdit

The York White Roses, also known as the York Pirates in their last two seasons of existence, played from 1884 to 1969. The White Roses were bitter rivals of the Red Roses of the nearby city of Lancaster. Both teams were named after the two factions of England's historic Wars of the Roses.


York tried for ten years to bring professional baseball back to the city. The process looked promising in 2003, until politics halted the project. The new baseball stadium was to be located at Small Athletic Field, on York City School District property, but the district's board voted negatively as they did not believe the ballpark would be the best use of district money and land. For three years, political and financial discussions continued to delay the project. A new site for the stadium was agreed upon in the Arch Street neighborhood, with all of the pieces falling into place. Other sites that were considered but did not come to fruition were Hoffman Field and the Ohio Blenders of PA, Inc.

In April 2006, the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball formally announced an expansion team for the city of York.[7] One of the prominent members of the team's ownership group is Brooks Robinson, who played with the York White Roses and later with the Baltimore Orioles from 1955 to 1977. A statue of Robinson was erected in the area outside the stadium entrance and called Brooks Robinson Plaza in his honor.[8]

The Revolution's inaugural season saw the team finish third in the South Division with a record of 58–68. Their fortunes changed quickly, however, with 2008 bringing a first-place finish in the newly named Freedom Division and the franchise's first trip to the playoffs. The Revs were ousted early in the 2008 playoffs, but were back in 2010 when they won the Atlantic League championship, the first professional baseball title the city had won since the 1969 York Pirates of the Eastern League.[3] The Revs took home the trophy again in 2011, winning back-to-back championships and becoming just the second team in league history to accomplish the feat. They returned to the playoffs for a third straight season in 2012, but lost in the opening round.

In the 2009 preseason, the Revolution joined the two other Atlantic League teams in holding their spring training at home instead of the traditional site in Lakeland, Florida. The respective ownership groups of the three teams came to this decision so as to cut costs, citing the 2008 economic recession.

On March 24, 2014, the Revolution became the first professional baseball team to accept Bitcoins as a form of payment for ticket purchases.[9]

All-Star GamesEdit

The Revolution hosted the 2011 Atlantic League All-Star Game at PeoplesBank Park on July 14, 2011. They had seven players named to the All-Star team in addition to manager Andy Etchenbarren, who skippered the Freedom Division. In front of a sellout crowd, two of those Revolution players, Corey Thurman and Val Majewski, helped to lead the Freedom Division to a 7–0 shutout over the Liberty Division. Thurman started the game, throwing two shutout innings and Majewski hit a solo homerun over the right field wall to start the scoring. Michael Hernandez of the Somerset Patriots ended up taking home the game's MVP award with a solo blast of his own and an RBI triple in the seventh inning.[10] Prior to the game, Val Majewski participated in the homerun derby and was a member of the winning team. The first pitch of the All-Star Game was thrown out by former Dover High School football player and then Green Bay Packer John Kuhn.[11]

The Revolution again hosted the Atlantic League All-Star Game at PeoplesBank Park in July 2019.[12]

Logos and uniformsEdit

The Revolution's original primary logo

From 2007 to 2010, the York Revolution's colors were navy blue, red, white, brass, and silver. The original brand focused exclusively on symbols such as the United States flag and the bald eagle. The team re-branded for the 2011 season to the look used today.

The current team colors of the York Revolution are navy blue, yellow, white, and silver. The "Revolution" wordmark is colored white in an industrial script centered on a navy blue background. The word "York" is featured above in white with a baseball standing in for the letter "O". The entire wordmark is outlined in silver. Centered above the wordmark is a bald eagle holding a baseball bat.

The York Revolution wear caps produced by OC Sports and uniforms by New Balance. The caps are navy blue throughout with a stylized white "Y" topped with an eagle's head clutching a baseball. The entire cap logo is outlined in silver. The Revolution wordmark is centered on the back, lower edge of the cap. There is also an all yellow hat featuring the York "Y" being grasped by an eagle talon.

The home jerseys are white with navy blue and yellow paneling down the sides. They feature a navy blue cursive serif wordmark with a yellow outline that pays tribute to the Baltimore Orioles' script. The away jersey is gray with navy blue and yellow paneling down the sides. Across the chest is the cursive "York" wordmark in navy blue outlined in yellow with a traditional underscore. The team also sports a third alternate jersey, which has changed numerous times over the years.

Season-by-season recordsEdit

York Revolution
Season Record Win % Finish Manager Playoffs
2007 58–68 .460 3rd Chris Hoiles Did not qualify for playoffs
2008 71–69 .507 1st Chris Hoiles Lost Division Championship vs. Somerset Patriots, 2–0
2009 53–87 .379 4th Chris Hoiles/Sam Snider/Andy Etchebarren Did not qualify for playoffs
2010 69–71 .493 2nd Andy Etchebarren Won Freedom Division vs. Somerset Patriots, 3–2
Won Atlantic League Championship vs. Bridgeport Bluefish, 3–0
2011 73–51 .589 1st Andy Etchebarren Won Freedom Division vs. Lancaster Barnstormers, 3–2
Won Atlantic League Championship vs. Long Island Ducks, 3–1
2012 79–61 .564 2nd Andy Etchebarren Lost Division Championship vs. Lancaster Barnstormers, 3–0
2013 65–75 .464 4th Mark Mason Did not qualify for playoffs
2014 78–62 .557 3rd Mark Mason Lost Division Championship vs. Sugar Land Skeeters, 3–2
2015 64–75 .460 4th Mark Mason Did not qualify for playoffs
2016 76–64 .543 1st Mark Mason Lost Division Championship vs. Sugar Land Skeeters, 3–0
2017 68–72 .486 2nd Mark Mason Won Freedom Division vs. Southern Maryland Bluecrabs, 3–1
Won Atlantic League Championship vs. Long Island Ducks, 3–0
2018 68–58 .540 3rd Mark Mason Did not qualify for playoffs
2019 75–65 .534 1st Mark Mason Lost Division Championship vs. Sugar Land Skeeters, 3–1
2020 Season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Totals 828–806 .508 —  21–20 Playoff record
3 Freedom Division championships, 3 Atlantic League championships


War of the RosesEdit

The South Central Pennsylvania cities of Lancaster and York have a historical rivalry in all sporting events from the high-school level to the professional. Since both cities are named after the English cities of Lancaster and York, the former Pennsylvania baseball teams were named for the opposing sides of the Wars of the Roses. As a metaphor, "War of the Roses" describes the intense baseball matches fought between the Lancaster Red Roses and the York White Roses. With the addition of York to the Atlantic League, the Barnstormers continue the Red Roses' tradition as they battle the York Revolution for lower Susquehanna supremacy.

The "War of the Roses" was rekindled with the sound of celebratory cannon-fire at the start of the 2007 Atlantic League season in Wrightsville, a borough located on the Susquehanna River, the natural boundary between Lancaster and York counties. The winner of the War of the Roses is presented with the Community Cup, while the defeated team is obligated to sing the ballpark classic "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and plant a rose garden at the opponent's ballpark with their representative color: red for Lancaster, white for York. The first Community Cup was championed by the Barnstormers in the 2007 season, though the Revolution avenged them by winning it in 2008.[13] The clubs also competed in the Route 30 Showdown in 2009–2011, an annual cross-county doubleheader inadvertently created at the conclusion of the 2008 season by a rain-delay.[14]

Community Cup Record[15][additional citation(s) needed]
Year Series Winner Barnstormers W Revolution W Notes
2007 Barnstormers 10 8 first Community Cup
2008 Revolution 9 11  
2009 Barnstormers 14 6  
2010 Revolution 4 16 the earliest Cup win; July 24
2011 Barnstormers 10 8  
2012 Barnstormers 10 10 Lancaster retains cup in tie
2013 Revolution 8 12  
2014 Revolution 7 13 first consecutive Cup win
2015 Barnstormers 15 11
2016 Barnstormers 11 9
2017 Revolution 9 10  
2018 Barnstormers 10 8 [16]
2019 Revolution 8 11 [17]
2020 Season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Overall Barnstormers (7–6) 125 133


In 2013, the team started the York Revolution Community Fund through the York County Community Foundation. The team raises funds through jersey auctions, memorabilia sales, 50/50 raffles, and the sale of other items like the Revs Kitchen cookbook, which sees Revolution players, coaches, and staff sharing their favorite recipes. The money raised by the fund is then given back to the community in the form of grants to local non-profit groups who provide services directly to York County.[18]

The Revolution benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters youth mentoring organization annually by wearing purple jerseys that are auctioned off immediately following the Purple Jersey Night game.[19] Additionally, the team also partnered with Columbia Gas to donate $50 to the York Red Cross for each run scored by a Revolution player.[20]


The official broadcast home of the York Revolution is WOYK 1350 AM, with Darrell Henry as the "Voice of the Revolution". Prior to the 2010 season, games were heard on WSBA 910 AM.


While Revolution games are not broadcast via a traditional television network, each game was streamed live via a "York Revs TV" YouTube Channel through 2018,[21] and beginning in 2019 via the WOYK YouTube channel.[22]

On-field entertainmentEdit


The York Revolution's official mascot is an anthropomorphic, blue creature named DownTown. He wears the team's home jersey, the primary cap worn backwards, with blue and white sneakers. DownTown debuted on March 31, 2007, at the Mascot: The Musical production at the DreamWrights Theater. His full name is DownTown Yorkie, and is the result of a sponsorship deal with Downtown Inc, a partnership of community-minded companies that work to improve and celebrate downtown York.[23][24] The mascot was designed by the Raymond Entertainment Group, which also produced the Phillie Phanatic's costume. DownTown has a cousin named SmallTown, who will occasionally turn up at games. He debuted in 2009 and wears the number ​12.[citation needed] The Revolution also host a character named Cannonball Charlie, who fires a cannon after each home run or home game victory by the team. He wears the uniform of a period Continental Army soldier.[25]

Single season recordsEdit


  • Hits: 172.....James Shanks, 2010
  • Doubles: 38.....Andres Perez, 2013
  • Triples: 17.....Eric Patterson, 2014
  • Homeruns: 34.....Chris Nowak, 2012
  • RBIs: 107.....Chris Nowak, 2012
  • Walks: 84.....Scott Grimes, 2010
  • Stolen bases: 55.....Wilson Valdez, 2014


  • Wins: 15.....Chris Cody, 2013
  • Strikeouts: 139.....Chris Cody, 2013
  • Saves: 35.....Mike DeMark, 2016

Atlantic League All-StarsEdit

The following players were named to the Atlantic League All-Star team in each particular season. An asterisk (*) indicates the player participated in the home run derby.


  • Chris Cooper (LHP)
  • Matt Dryer (INF)
  • Nate Espy* (INF)
  • Chris Steinborn (LHP)
  • Luis Taveras (C)


  • Sandy Aracena (C)
  • Jason Aspito (OF)
  • Nick McCurdy (RHP)
  • Jason Olson (RHP)


  • Tom Collaro (DH)
  • Keoni DeRenne (INF)
  • Chris Hoiles (MGR)
  • Jason Kershner (LHP)
  • Corey Thurman (RHP)


  • Ian Bladergroen* (1B)
  • Ramon Castro (SS)
  • Scott Grimes (CF)
  • Derell McCall (RHP)
  • John Pachot (C)
  • Jesus Sanchez (LHP)
  • James Shanks (LF)


  • Matt DeSalvo (RHP)
  • Andy Etchenbarren (MGR)
  • Eric Eymann (SS)
  • Vince Harrison (3B)
  • Val Majewski* (CF)
  • Octavio Martinez (C)
  • James Shanks (LF)
  • Corey Thurman (RHP)


  • Andy Etchenbarren (MGR)
  • Brandon Haveman (CF)
  • Michael Hernandez (DH)
  • Andrew Perez (2B)
  • Adam Thomas (RHP)
  • Corey Thurman (RHP)


  • Chris Cody (LHP)
  • Salvador Paniagua (C)
  • Eric Patterson (SS)
  • Andres Perez (2B)
  • Michael Wuertz (RHP)


  • Rommie Lewis (LHP)
  • Johan Limonta (INF/OF)
  • Eric Patterson (2B)
  • Wilson Valdez (SS)


  • Brandon Boggs (OF)
  • Luis De La Cruz (C)
  • Stephen Penney (RHP)
  • Andres Perez (INF)
  • Bryan Pounds (INF)
  • Logan Williamson (LHP)


  • Mike DeMark (P)
  • Ricardo Gomez (P)
  • Joel Guzman (DH)
  • Andres Perez (INF)
  • Travis Witherspoon (OF)


  • Brad Allen (RHP)
  • Michael Burgess (INF)
  • Alonzo Harris (OF)
  • Chase Huchingson (LHP)
  • Isaias Tejeda (C)
  • Travis Witherspoon (OF)


  • Mitch Atkins (RHP)
  • Robert Carson (LHP)
  • Welington Dotel (OF)
  • Jared Mitchell (OF)
  • Grant Sides (RHP)


  • Mitch Atkins (RHP)
  • Henry Castillo (OF)
  • Ryan Dent (INF)
  • Welington Dotel (OF)
  • Jameson McGrane (RHP)
  • Telvin Nash (INF)
  • James Skelton (C)
  • Isaias Tejeda (OF)


Season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Atlantic League/national awardsEdit

Player of the Year

  • Scott Grimes, 2010 (co)

Manager of the Year

  • Andy Etchenbarren, 2011
  • Mark Mason, 2014

Baseball America All-Independent Team

  • Scott Grimes (OF), 2010
  • Chris Nowak (DH), 2011
  • Ramon Castro (2B), 2011
  • Chris Nowak (1B), 2012
  • Andres Perez (2B), 2012

Notable alumniEdit

These are some of the notable players who made it to the majors after playing in York. The years in parentheses indicate when they were with the Revs.

Retired numbersEdit

Robinson began his professional baseball career in York, playing 95 games for the White Roses in 1955. He had a successful 23-year career in MLB, all spent with the Baltimore Orioles. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983 and is a member of the Revolution's ownership group.
"Etch" spent 15 years in MLB, 12 of them with the Baltimore Orioles. He managed the Revolution for four seasons (2009–2012), compiling 237 wins and guiding the team to three straight playoff appearances, including back-to-back Atlantic League championships. He retired from baseball at the end of the 2012 season.
Thurman spent eight seasons in the Atlantic League, all with the Revolution. He is the franchise's all-time leader in wins (66), strikeouts (667), and innings pitched (​980 13) while ranking second in Atlantic League history in the same categories. He was a three-time All-Star and two-time Atlantic League champion.
Robinson was the first African-American to play in MLB when he started for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He spent his entire 10-year career in Brooklyn and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. His number was retired throughout professional baseball on April 15, 1997.


York Revolution roster
Active (25-man) roster Coaches/Other







Mark Mason

Paul Fletcher (pitching)
Enohel Polanco (bench/third base)

  Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated April 15, 2020


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Long Island Ducks
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