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Ashby Sets New Hitting Streak Record: (PR) With a first inning single on Wednesday, August 13 against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, York Revolution first baseman Chris Ashby became the Atlantic League record holder with a 28-game hit streak. He accomplished the feat before a home crowd of 3,938 at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

With two out and no runners on, Ashby sent the first offering from Blue Crabs starter Brad Whitworth back up the middle on the ground. On the evening, Ashby was 2 for 4 with two singles, as the Revolution came from behind for a thrilling 6-5 victory, scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth on RBI hits from Shea Hillenbrand and Luis Taveras.

Ashby breaks a record that was previously shared by three players. Billy Hall set the record during the 2005 season when he hit in 27 consecutive games for the Somerset Patriots. The feat was then duplicated in 2006 by Victor Rodriguez of the Newark Bears. Joe Jiannetti of the Atlantic City Surf (now of the Can-Am League) hit safely in the final 24 games of the 2006 season, and continued his streak to 27 by hitting safely in the first three games of the 2007 season with Newark. Jiannetti would end last season as a member of the York Revolution.

Ashby, a 33-year-old right handed power hitter from Boynton Beach, Florida is hitting .466 (54-116) since the streak began on July 12, stroking five home runs, 13 doubles and a triple, while driving in 27 runs during that span. On the season, Ashby is batting .378 with 13 home runs and 54 RBI, in 70 games after signing with the Revolution on May 28. In his 16th season of professional baseball, Ashby joined York after spending the previous four seasons with the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes of the Pacific Coast League, an affiliate of the Florida Marlins. He has also spent time in the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox organizations. A highly versatile fielder, Ashby splits time between first base and outfield for York.

“This is quite an honor for Chris,” said York Revolution General Manager Matt O’Brien. “He has just been exceptional this year, and a huge reason we find ourselves in first place in the second half. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.”

Ashby breaks the record just seven days after he was named Atlantic League Player of the Month for July by the league office.


1. Newark - August 14, 2008

Congrats to Chris!!!

I might have to take back my previous comment about Mr. Gladstone. However, the original talent level of York this year did stink. Chris, Kennard Jones, and Shea Hillenbrand have made York a second half contender. Bears lack of pitching is really showing.

Sorry to see old Veres leave – nastiest splitter ever seen in Atlantic League. Seems hip etc.. couldn’t hold up and lack of velocity killed chances of promotion.

Can’t help but notice that Aaron Rakers hasn’t pitched since complete Bears game. Tired arm???
Promotion in works???

2. Anonymous - August 14, 2008

check again>>>>jiannetti hin in 28games and was not tied with hall or v-rod! he him in 28games and had it all by him self>>> last25games not 24 and first 3 of the 07 season!!! look again please!
-surf fan

3. barnstormer1 - August 14, 2008

Geez..proof read your post…have no idea what you just said! PLEASE!

4. Mrs. Jiannetti's Baby Boy - August 14, 2008

Mom, c’mon, your embarrassing me!

Be home for Sunday dinner!

Love, Joe

5. RevsFan - August 15, 2008

Ashby upped his hitting streak to 29 games on Thursday night.

6. Newark - August 15, 2008

Rakers reappeared after a week absence last night in relief.
Ineffective 2/3 of an inning.
That complete game might have taken a little out of him.

York, however, is still hot!
If Bears don’t get in, I hope York does. Nice fans , great park and a winner makes for increased crowds for 2nd year franchise.

7. Anonymous - August 16, 2008

Dear Mike:

When you post up a blog, you need to make sure that your information is accurate. It is nice that you post things about all of the teams. However, a former Patriot athlete just passed away on Friday August 15, 2008. Pitcher Darrin Winston just passed away from batteling illnesses. That is something that should be posted up under Friday’s date. I understand that you have your personal life that you need to deal with. If you do not have the time to keep up to date with the blog, then you should not have one at all! I wish you well, and I hope you try to improve your blog in the near future. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

8. Francis Rose - August 16, 2008

Your news is unfortunate. Thanks for sharing it. It is also unfortunate that you couldn’t post your name. Perhaps it was because you knew the way you posted the news was an underhanded way of taking a cheap shot at the blog hosts? If you don’t like the way the blog is conducted, start your own. Blogs are free, you can start one today if you like.

9. Anonymous - August 16, 2008

Dear Francis Rose:

I would love to start a blog. Unfortunately, I do not know how to create a blog. If you would like, please post a comment explaining how to create one. Also, I do not appreciate people like you telling me what to say, and how to say it. You are entitled to your opinions, as I am entitled to mine. Do not tell me how, when, or what to say. Thank you.

10. Anonymous - August 16, 2008

Former Rutgers baseball star Darrin Winston dies of leukemia
by Tim McClain/For The Star-Ledger Saturday August 16, 2008, 1:40 AM
Darrin Winston, a former Rutgers standout who pitched two seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, died Friday at the age of 42.

Winston, who also spent four seasons with the Somerset Patriots, died at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold after being diagnosed with leukemia on Wednesday, said Marc Russinoff, vice president of public relations for the Patriots.

The death came as stunning news to longtime Rutgers baseball coach Fred Hill, who attended last night’s Patriots game because the team was, coincidentally, celebrating Rutgers Night. A moment of silence was observed before the game.

“It is very, very difficult,” Hill said. “He was a great young man. If you knew Darrin, you knew he was always in great shape. And he had more enthusiasm than you could imagine. And he always had time for his family. They were included in everything. He was just an outstanding person on and off the field.”

Winston, a product of Bishop Ahr High School in Edison, has six children and one grandchild. He still holds Rutgers career records for victories (26), innings pitched (278) and complete games (22). He was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 2000.

He pitched in the minor leagues with the Expos, Pirates, Mets and Angels and appeared in 34 games with the Phillies in the 1997 and ’98 seasons, posting a 4-2 record and 5.84 ERA. He was with the Patriots from 1999 through 2002, compiling a 22-17 career mark with a 4.50 ERA and helping the team to an Atlantic League title.

“Darrin was a fan favorite, a Patriot standout and in the early years of this league and team, kind of our first big-time player,” said Patrick McVerry, the team’s president and general manager. “He brought the right character, the charm, in anything you asked. And he was a great family guy, somebody that we all looked up to and admired

11. Anonymous - August 16, 2008

It’s more of a problem when the official site of the Atlantic League doesn’t post this news, as compared to 2 writers who created this blog as a service to the fans.

12. Scott Stanchak - August 16, 2008

Mike and I are currently on separate vacations. He texted me Friday with the sad news of Darrin’s passing after the Patriots called him. It’s very sad news, and I truly enjoyed my conversations with him over the years. Thank you to the fans for keeping the site updated with news the past couple days.


13. Mike - August 17, 2008

Interesting that the individual being critical of Mike and Scott immediately becomes defensive when someone calls them to task
(“Also, I do not appreciate people like you telling me what to say, and how to say it. You are entitled to your opinions, as I am entitled to mine. Do not tell me how, when, or what to say…”) Don’t be critical of others if you are not big enough to take criticism back. These guys do this to the best of their ability, often times breaking stories to fans of the AL. Everyone needs to get aways once in a while – they are entitled to a personal life away from the computer.

14. Francis Rose - August 18, 2008

Dear anonymous coward,
I do not appreciate people taking pot shots at two people who work hard to provide a product. If you don’t like what they are doing, ask for your money back. If you are either not bright enough, or too lazy, to educate yourself about how to start a blog, I’m not about to help you. I currently host two of them, and I figured them out for myself. Sign your name and post your REAL email address, then maybe we’ll have something.

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