Even as the revamped 2015 York Revolution baseball team makes a second-half playoff push, the organization is looking forward to the 2016 season, which will mark the 10th anniversary of the franchise.
The Revolution organization is turning things over to the fans to decide the official 10th Anniversary Team, and the process has already been launched. The ballot has been posted at YorkRevolution.com and on the team's official blog, and fans will vote individually for each position on the field, a designated hitter, a five-man starting rotation and relief pitchers. Fans may vote as many times as they would like for each position.
The highest vote-getting position players who are not voted as starters at their respective positions will be final additions to the 10th Anniversary Team, and out of 71 initial nominees, 25 players total will be honored. The criteria for being nominated varied: Career numbers with York, tremendous single-season performances and players who played for the Revolution briefly and then reached the major leagues were all taken into consideration.
On opening day in 2016 (date to be announced), former Revs will be back at Santander Stadium for a reunion, including as many players as possible who were selected to the 10th Anniversary roster and starting lineup. (Several of the nominated players are still working in the game in a coaching or scouting capacity.)
Voting will take place from now until February, when the final results are tallied and the Revolution 10th Anniversary Team is announced before the season.
Regular updates on vote totals will be provided as things move forward. Fan voting for the 10th Anniversary Team is just the first step in what will be a year-long celebration of the first decade of Revolution Baseball, with a wider focus of "Celebrate York."
"Obviously, our organization is about far more than just baseball," said Revolution president Eric Menzer. "It's appropriate the celebration of our 10th year also be about more than just baseball. We are going to make it also about the community that has shown us so much support in those first 10 years."
In the coming offseason months, fans can look forward to promotional schedule announcements and special events during the 2016 season.