A look back at: Wayne Franklin

Wayne Franklin has played a large role in the York Revolution’s two-year history.

The former major leaguer started the first game in Revs history. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in wins (20). And he also leads York in all-time defections — leaving once in 2007 for Taiwan before returning; and pulling the same trick in 2008 with Mexico before coming back to the White Rose City once again.

It’s also easy to forget that Franklin was the first guy who York signed in the off-season leading up to the ’08 season (Does anyone remember the idea of turning Franklin into a closer?). And he certainly put together one of the more perplexing seasons for the Revs this past year.

Consider the numbers: Franklin was third in the entire Atlantic League in walks (73) and had a 5.73 ERA for the season. But somehow he managed to record a 12-5 record, good for the team-high in wins, and pitch some incredible games down the stretch — like a six-inning, three-earned-run gem at Newark that gave York a serious jolt on the way to the playoffs.

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A look back at: Aaron Myette

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment in a series examining the performance of players who suited up for the York Revolution in 2008.

Back in April, when York Revolution starters were assembling their own sick wing at York Hospital, Revolution manager Chris Hoiles was looking for an opening night starter.

He turned to a man who hadn’t thrown a pitch professionally in two years. Hoiles gave the ball to Aaron Myette.

“I thought I had enough of baseball, but last year I started getting the itch to play again,” Myette said prior to his first start of the year. “I pitched for 10 years, plus college and high school, and I think your arm just gets worn down. The (two-year) break was great for that.”

Myette had battled nerve problems in his pitching arm during a comeback attempt in Japan in 2005. He described the experience with a bit of color — he said it was like he was sticking his finger in a light socket over and over.

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The Envelope Please…

During the York Revolution’s dismal 8-20 start to the 2008 season, the Revs’ clubhouse felt like a morgue.

Players ate their post-game meals in silence. The TV in the corner was the only audible noise. The losing was taking its toll.

Then the pieces started to fall into place. Kennard Jones and Chris Ashby arrived. A couple other moves solidified the bullpen. And all of a sudden baseball fans had a contender to watch every night.

That morgue-like atmosphere in the clubhouse? It gave way to a feeling of excitement every night, one that was topped off with champagne and Bud Light showers for all when York clinched a playoff berth.

So here are the men and moves responsible for making it happen. The following are the York Dispatch’s second annual Revolution awards.

1. Most Valuable Player: Jason Aspito.

Aspito not only set career highs in homers (24), RBIs (105) and walks (56). He was York’s go-to guy in the clutch offensively and defensively all year long. For example, how about the grand slam that snapped a 5-5 tie in the playoff clinching win against Lancaster? Or the two-run homer that brought York to life in Game 2 of the Freedom Division Series before the Revs ultimately fell, 6-4? If you threw a hard hat on Aspito it would make perfect sense. He showed up to work and performed every day in 2008.

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