Hoiles: Contract in the mail

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Who knew that a harmless, coincidental meeting between two friends in a hotel lobby in Las Vegas could cause this much of a ruckus?

Well, unfortunately, Chris Hoiles found himself in a precarious situation after running into MASN’s Roch Kubatko at Major League Baseball’s winter meetings this week.

After the two caught up for a bit, Kubatko went on to write that Hoiles had yet to sign his contract to return as York Revolution manager — thus leaving Revolution nation dumbfounded on whether the only skipper they have ever known would return for another year. (Atlantic League Baseball News pointed out Kubatko’s post on Dec. 9).

But the entire speculation of Hoiles joining the Baltimore Orioles’ staff is entirely premature. Yes, he would like to work for the organization he spent 10 years with some day. But nothing is imminent, Hoiles has his contract to return to the Revolution — although it won’t be signed and mailed until Monday, when he returns from Vegas — and it seems that this entire scenario was a misunderstanding.

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Revolution will hold spring training in York

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It’s official: the York Revolution will hold its spring training in York in 2009.

The Revs announced Thursday afternoon that they will not travel to the TigerTown Complex in Lakeland, Fla. — as they have the last two years. Instead, York will stay at home during April for spring training along with Lancaster and Somerset. York and Lancaster are owned by Opening Day Partners.

The move makes sense for a bevy of reasons. 1) Newark and Somerset have both trained up north without a hitch the last couple of years (coincidentally, the two teams account for the ’07 and ’08 Atlantic League titles); 2) Holding spring training in York reduces a slew of costs; 3) This move will give Revolution fans an early look in on their hometown team.

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A look back at: Jose Enrique Cruz

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Allow me to share an anecdote from the 2008 season that explains Jose Enrique Cruz’s personality:

After a game in July or August — it’s easy to lose track in the Atlantic League, for those of you scoring at home — Cruz turned from his locker and looked across the clubhouse to find outfielder Kennard Jones with a mountain of lettuce hanging from his mouth.

melmanThen J.E. Cruz let out an unforgettable claim — accusing Jones of resembling the giraffe from the movie Madagascar. I’ve supplied a photo of Melman (right) for visual effect.

And it’s this short story that shines a light on Cruz’s cheerful nature and the camaraderie that he brought to the Revs in ’08. At times, he was strictly a utility player. Later, he was a reliable starter. But no matter his role on the field, Cruz always brought the same sunny demeanor to the ballpark — undoubtedly a product of having a father (Jose Sr.) and brother (Jose Jr.) who both enjoyed careers in the major leagues.

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