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.

Furthermore, the Atlantic League’s spring training is only 10 days long and it takes many players new to the league quite a bit of time to adjust (mainly because they’re used to six weeks to two months of spring training in affiliated ball). A great example of this is York’s Corey Thurman, who went 0-5 in the early part of the ’08 season before rebounding to become one of the league’s most reliable starters. Especially in a pitcher’s case, 10 days simply isn’t enough time to get ready — so the site of spring training is rendered rather pointless.

Adam Gladstone, the Revs’ director of baseball operations, is in Las Vegas this week with Revolution manager Chris Hoiles at Major League Baseball’s winter meetings. Gladstone had this to say about holding spring training in York:

“Spring training is just one of several things you need to do right to be competitive in this league, and hopefully the reduced travel right before the season will help our players get more comfortable leading up to opening day,” Gladstone said in a news release.

York also billed the spring training move to York as an experiment, saying the team could opt to train in Florida in future years. But this season fans will be able to attend workouts as well as exhibition games, and the club is contemplating playing exhibitions in places such as Gettysburg and Hanover.

Hoiles contract status not in doubt: I also got a chance to talk with Hoiles about his contract status earlier this week and he confirmed that he will be returning to the Revolution for a third year as manager. I’ll have more details in a post later Thursday evening.

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