Von Schell retires

LAKELAND, Fla. — Before the York Revolution even took the field for 2008 spring training, they lost a player who could have had a huge impact on the club’s lineup.

Tyler Von Schell, a product of the San Francisco Giant’s organization, has retired. He called Revolution director of baseball operations Adam Gladstone on Saturday night to break the news. Von Schell split time between Double-A and Triple-A with the Giants last year, bashing a career high 24 home runs.

“He didn’t give me any answers. He just said he was ready to move on,” Gladstone said. “We’re fine. I’m looking forward to what our pitching staff has to offer, what our lineup has to offer and what our defense has to offer.”

Someone who obviously knows nothing about baseball ranked Von Schell as the No. 2 man on the Revs’ list of players most likely to make it back to an affiliated organization. But as yours truly stated in the earlier post, things happen very quickly in the Atlantic League.

I just talked to manager Chris Hoiles and he said he’s excited about returning for a second season. He feels his club has improved across the board from where it was a year ago.

“Going in, we’ve got five quality starters, and the bullpen, on paper, sounds like it’s very solid numbers-wise,” said Hoiles, who complemented his team’s strengths on offense as well. “If they do what they’ve done in the past, the starters and relievers will be very good.”

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5 Responses

  1. This is why you have to check out Revolution Rumblings around the clock, people!

    I guess his goal was to be a Rev longer than Steve Schmoll.

    If I may paraphrase a few words from fictional Durham Bulls pitching coach Larry Hockett: “Sears sucks, Tyler”. There are worse things in the world than to be playing in the Atlantic League.

    Oh, well….

    Does this mean Padgett is the clear cut first baseman now?

    Any word about the plans at third until Dryer is ready to play the field?

  2. Individual workouts start tomorrow, so I’ll be able to pass along a bit more information on where guys will be playing based on my observations from that. I think Dryer is back in the field quicker than we think, probably not for opening day though.

    I’m not sure what to think about Von Schell’s loss. Sure, he would have been a big bat. But if York replaces him with a better average hitter who is more versatile defensively, it could be for the best. That’s the glass half-full perspective.

    My goal is to try to talk to every player on the team before I head back north. I fly back Thursday evening, so that could be a tall order.

  3. Bummer about Von Schell but great to hear Dryer is coming along better than I expected. Again, thanks for the updates Jeff.

  4. Dryer took grounders at first today and wasn’t in pain, but as he told me earlier, it’s going to take time to build up his arm strength. It doesn’t look like he has much pop on the ball yet.

    I watched Padgett field some grounders at third and while he wasn’t fielding any hot shots, he looked comfortable there. My guess is that he’ll play first, Jason Aspito will play third and Dryer will start as the DH.

    I spoke to Kenny Perez and he told me he’s most comfortable playing shortstop. Whether he ends up there to start the year, I’m not too sure yet.

  5. Well Tyler, nice not knowing you. Maybe he heard a rumor about steroid testing coming to the Atlantic League. My question is, when will we see Jay Gibbons in a Revs uniform? Or at least hosting a picnic at the stadium?

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