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Friday, 22 December 2006 16:16
York RevolutionThe York Revolution announced Friday that “The Oriole Way” is alive and well in York as it named four former Baltimore Orioles to lead the coaching staff in the upcoming inaugural season. Chris Hoiles was announced as the club’s first-ever manager and will be joined by Tippy Martinez as pitching coach, Ryan Minor as the team’s infield/hitting coach, and Al Bumbry as outfield/baserunning coach and community ambassador. Beginning in May of 2007 the Revolution will open play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

“We are thrilled to bring Chris, Tippy, Ryan and Al to lead the Revolution coaching staff through our inaugural season,” said Peter Kirk, chairman of Keystone Baseball, ownership group of the York Revolution. “I am confident that their leadership, Major League experience and impeccable knowledge of the game provide us with a coaching staff that is second to none in all of minor league baseball.”

Chris Hoiles was named manager for the Revolution after most recently serving as an assistant coach for the Eastern Michigan University baseball team, his alma mater. Hoiles spent ten years with the Baltimore Orioles as a catcher and was named the team’s MVP in 1993, when he hit .310 with 29 home runs and 82 RBI. That season, he became one of just five catchers in MLB history to hit .300 or better and hit 25 or more home runs. Hoiles was also the staple behind the plate when the club went to the American League Championship Series in 1996 and 1997. In August 2006, the 41-year-old native of Elmwood, OH was inducted into the Baltimore Orioles’ Hall of Fame.

Other former Orioles joining Hoiles on the coaching staff are Tippy Martinez, Ryan Minor and Al Bumbry. Tippy Martinez, a left handed relief pitcher, will serve as the team’s pitching coach. He spent ten seasons with the Orioles (1976-1986) - playing in the 1979 and 1983 World Series - and being selected as an All-Star during the Orioles championship season of 1983. That year, he appeared in five post-season games and notched a pair of saves in the World Series. Martinez, the 56-year-old native of La Junta, CO, accomplished a rare feat by picking three Toronto Blue Jays off of first base in one inning during a 1983 game at Memorial Stadium.

Ryan Minor, well known for replacing Cal Ripken, Jr. at third base the night that Cal ended his consecutive games played streak in 1998, played three seasons with the Orioles and will be the team’s hitting and infield coach. Minor was an All-American basketball player at the University of Oklahoma and was selected in the second round of the 1996 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. The 32-year old is no stranger to the Atlantic League, having spent four seasons in the league as a player, including the 2005 inaugural season in Lancaster. This past season, Minor was third base coach for the league’s Road Warriors.

Al Bumbry will serve as the outfield/baserunning coach and community ambassador for the Revolution. Bumbry played 14 seasons as a centerfielder for the Orioles, ranking second all-time on the club’s stolen base list with 252, and sixth all-time with 772 runs scored. He broke into the big leagues in 1973 and took home the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Like Martinez, Bumbry played in the ’79 and ’83 World Series’. His best season came in 1980, when Bumbry played in the All-Star game and finished 13th in M.V.P. voting. As community ambassador, Bumbry, 59, will assume a prominent and visual role in Revolution community relations efforts.

“This is a very exciting day for York County, and for all Revolution fans,” said Brooks Robinson, Orioles legend and Special Assistant to Keystone Baseball. “Comprising a staff of Chris Hoiles, Tippy Martinez, Ryan Minor and Al Bumbry will bring a true sense of pride and a big league feel to the team. Like me, these guys all know what ‘The Oriole Way’ meant, and they all know how to play the game the right way. They will be a great source of pride for the team and to the entire York community.”

The York Revolution will become the first professional team in York since 1969, and will play its games at the new, state-of-the-art Sovereign Bank Stadium located in downtown York. The team recently announced Matt O’Brien as General Manager, unveiled team logos, as well as the inaugural season schedule and released ticket information. Inaugural season ticket packages are currently available via www.YorkRevolution.com, or by calling 717-801-HITS.
 
 
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