Sovereign Bank Stadium is Ballpark of the Year

Fresh off the first playoff appearance in team history, the York Revolution garnered quite the accolade on Friday.

The Atlantic League named the Revolution’s Sovereign Bank Stadium the league’s Ballpark of the Year for the 2008 season.

York, which averaged 4,351 fans this season and welcomed just over 300,000 fans through its doors, just completed its first complete season in its stadium by hosting Game 1 of the Freedom Division Series on Tuesday. The Revs’ prestigious honor was first reported by the Courier News’ Ryan Dunleavy over at his blog.

The players who helped bring all those fans out to the Revolution’s ballpark also earned a slew of postseason awards from the Atlantic League. Team MVP Jason Aspito (pictured) captured a spot on the league’s All-Star first team after hitting 24 home runs and collecting 105 RBIs in the regular season. Aspito also had a big two-run homer in York’s Game 2 playoff loss to Somerset Wednesday night.

And outfielder Kennard Jones, first baseman Chrisy Ashby, catcher Sandy Aracena and pitcher Aaron Rakers all took home spots on the league’s All-Star second team.    

Revolution manager Chris Hoiles did not win the Manager of the Year award. That honor went to Southern Maryland’s Butch Hobson, who led his Blue Crabs to the best overall record in the team’s first year of existence.

Somerset’s Josh Pressley was the easy choice for Player of the Year. Pressley won the batting title with a .354 average, led the league in hits and homers and also knocked in 101 runs this year.

For the rest of the league’s All-Stars and postseason awards, be sure to check out Dunleavy’s blog.

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