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April 17, 2007 April 17, 2007

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Fish Add Two More To Tank: The Bridgeport Bluefish signed former big-league pitcher Steven Kent and right-hander Jordan Pals today. Kent made it to the majors with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2002.

Ducks Add Five: The Long Island Ducks added five more players today, three with major league experience. They are: Damian Rolls (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), Mark Lewis (Cleveland Indians) and John Riedling (Cincinnati Reds).

The team also re-signed pitcher Kevin Mannix and signed infielder Derek Wathan.

Rocker’s Father Killed: According to a report, the father of former Long Island Ducks pitcher John Rocker was killed following a traffic accident. – Scott Stanchak

Sharks Sign Three Big Leaguers: The Camden Riversharks continue to impress, this time signing three more players with Major League experience. Craig Paquette, Kevin Walker and Kelly Wunsch are the latest additions to the team.

Most fans will be familiar with Paquette, an infielder who has extensive Major League time with the A’s, Royals, Mets, Cardinals and Tigers. He has 99 big league home runs, and it looks like he’s trying to get #100 after not having played for three seasons.

Walker is a 30-year-old left-handed pitcher who has pitched for the Padres, Giants and White Sox. He will probably come out of the bullpen.

Wunsch finished 5th in the 2000 AL ROY voting with the White Sox, where he spent five seasons. He also pitched in the playoffs for them that season. He was in the big leagues as recently as 2005 with the Dodgers. He’s another lefty that’ll come out of the pen.

Pats Re-Sign Solveson: Reliever Saul Solveson will be in Somerset for his third season, as he was officially re-signed today by the club. Patriots manager Sparky Lyle recently compared Solveson to former reliever Kirk Griffin, which is a pretty high compliment if you know your Patriots history.

Also, Ryan Dunleavy of The Courier News reports that the team has lost C Brian Peterson to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

Taking A While To Revolutionize: (PR) The York Revolution and the York County Industrial Development Authority (YCIDA) have announced that the York Revolution will play its first ever game in Sovereign Bank Stadium on Friday, June 15 when the Revolution host the Newark Bears.

“Only nine months after the start of construction, it is now apparent that Sovereign Bank Stadium will be in position to host its first ever baseball game on June 15, despite March snowstorms and the unexpected need to remove thousands of tons of rock from the site,” said Peter Kirk, chairman of the team. “The prime contractors have submitted a plan to permit the stadium to open on this date, and to meet all of the required code compliance items. We believe that on June 15, the ballpark will provide a fantastic fan experience.”

“We are fortunate to have such dedicated individuals working on this project. By contract, the contractors and their sub-contractors have until August to complete the stadium, but from the beginning they have been focused on the desire to allow the ballpark to be used prior to 100 percent completion,” stated Blanda Nace, project manager of the YCIDA, owner of Sovereign Bank Stadium. “In addition, we could not be more pleased with the help and cooperation that we have received from City of York officials, who have been wonderful in helping us to clearly understand the requirements for safely opening the ballpark. We continue to work closely with these officials as construction proceeds.”

Wagman Construction, of York, is the project’s construction manger. The five prime contractors are Lobar, Inc. (Dillsburg), Pagoda Electrical (Reading), W.G. Tomko, Inc (Finleyville/Pittsburgh), S.A. Comunale (West Lawn/Reading), and Worden & Shewell (York). The stadium design team is comprised of Tetra Tech, Inc. (Newark, DE) and Murphy Dittenhafter (York), while C.S. Davidson (York) and Barton Associates (York) make up the engineering team.

“On behalf of the YCIDA, I would like to thank the prime contractors, the design team and all the construction workers on site for their commitment to making this a first class project that the York community will be proud of,” stated John D. Krout, YCIDA Chairperson.

The Revolution will open its inaugural 2007 season on May 3 against the Bridgeport Bluefish in Bridgeport, CT. The Revolution will play 60 of the originally scheduled 72 home games in Sovereign Bank Stadium, beginning June 15. Twelve of the 15 home games that were initially scheduled prior to June 15 will now be played at neutral locations. Three of the games will be rescheduled for play at Sovereign Bank Stadium during previously scheduled off-days following the June 15 opener. The team expects to announce details of the rescheduled games within the week, following Atlantic League approval.

All ticket plan holders whose plans include the originally scheduled May 15 home opener will still receive tickets for the inaugural game at Sovereign Bank Stadium, now on June 15. Revolution full season ticket holders will be issued a full refund by the end of May for the 12 games that will not be played at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Mini-plan holders may also receive refunds for games in their packages that are not being played, or they may obtain tickets for replacement games of their choice.

“The June 15 opening will ensure that we are able to deliver a first rate experience to our fans,” said Matt O’Brien, general manager of the Revolution. “Our fans have waited nearly 40 years for the return of professional baseball and come June 15, they will see that Sovereign Bank Stadium is one of the finest facilities in the entire country.”

Tickets for the first-ever series at Sovereign Bank Stadium (June 15-17) will go on sale on Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased IN PERSON ONLY at the Revolution Team Store, located at 216 N. George St for the first two hours (10am-Noon), and then will be available either in person or via the internet, beginning at Noon. Tickets for ALL home games will go on sale beginning Monday, April 30 at 9am either in person, via phone or thru the internet.

Season ticket packages and group event opportunities are still available by visiting http://www.YorkRevolution.com, or by calling 717-801-HITS. Fans can also find all information related to the June 15 opening and the inaugural season on a special page at the team’s website.

I had this slated to run in the Thursday edition of the Democrat in my “Around the Atlantic League” section, but the announcement came out a little earlier than I’d heard it would. Anyway, this is hardly a surprise. I’m sure the players are thrilled about this.

And again, thanks to Scott Stanchak for keeping everyone posted yesterday. My basement doesn’t look that much different than the Riversharks dugout, so I was rather busy yesterday… – MA



1. Dave - April 17, 2007

I hope some of these Patriot pitchers can play the outfield!

2. Bob - April 17, 2007

According to their website- the Long Island Ducks have added 5 players today- P-Kevin Mannix, P- John Riedling, INF- Derek Wathan, INF- Damian Rolls and INF- Mark Lewis

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