Saturday, November 3, 2012

Mason manager in York

From the York Revolution website:

ANDY ETCHEBARREN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AT SEASON’S ENDMarks end of 51-year career in uniform for “Etch”Pitching Coach Mark Mason to become Revolution Manager
York Revolution manager Andy Etchebarren has announced he will retire as manager at the conclusion of the 2012 season. His retirement marks the end of a 51-year career in uniform in professional baseball. Following his retirement, “Etch” will remain with the organization as a special assistant to chairman Peter Kirk. In a related announcement, the Revolution named Pitching Coach Mark Mason to succeed Etchebarren as manager when his retirement becomes effective.
Etchebarren directed the York Revolution to their first two Atlantic League Championships in 2010 and 2011, becoming just the second Atlantic League franchise to win the title in back-to-back seasons.
The appointment of Mark Mason to Manager will make the transition to 2013 especially smooth. Mason, who has managed more than 400 professional games in the Frontier League, has been at Etchebarren's side the last three seasons as York’s Pitching Coach. Mason came to York after a successful stint as both a pitching coach and manager in the Frontier League, beginning in 2002. That season he joined the Washington (PA) Wild Things as pitching coach, where he remained for three seasons. In 2005, he was named Frontier League Manager of the Year in his lone season at the helm of the Ohio Valley Red Coats. He also managed the Chillicothe Paints, also of the Frontier League, for two seasons, and then returned to Washington as Manager before coming to York for the 2010 season.
Mason's pitching staffs led the Frontier League in wins in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. He is very well-versed in all aspects of the job, from managing the club between the lines, to player acquisitions and transactions throughout the season and scouting for talent throughout professional baseball, all of which are keys to building contending baseball clubs from the ground up. As Etchebarren's top adviser the last three seasons with York, Mason's connections to and knowledge of the professional baseball landscape have proven to be invaluable to the York Revolution's successes on the field. Before joining the pro game, Mason spent 16 seasons from 1987 through 2002 as the head baseball coach at Washington & Jefferson College inWashington, PA. As a player, Mason pitched in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system, ascending as high as the Double-A Lynn (MA) Pirates of the Eastern League.
“I’m excited for us and for Mark as he assumes the Manager role,” said Menzer. “He’s been a critical part of our success, and he’s also a proven winner. Mark has made York his permanent home, and he has the same feeling about our fans and our town as Andy has.”
“I am honored to be the next field manager for the York Revolution. I want to thank the owners, Eric and Etch for this great opportunity. I will do everything possible to continue the high standard of excellence that we have set here for our loyal fans,” said new Revolution Manager Mark Mason.

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Anonymous Natural Grass said...

Too bad. I thought maybe Mark would come back to Washington.
He could not be any worse than the last 2.

November 3, 2012 at 2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have said this before and I will say it again. Bring Jon Cahill back to Washington as the Manager. He will do a great job, he knows the league and he knows how to attract good quality players. He will have the sense to add respectable and young coaches, who understand there players.

November 4, 2012 at 6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure, bring back another loser. Sounds good to me.How about Jelks? Why not?
How about the Frontier League not having a traveling team every season? Would that be nice? It doesn't make sense to have a team with no home field and no fans. These teams are always loaded this castoffs from the other League teams. It doesn't take much to figure how bad these teams are does it? Of course, they could always raid the Pecos League!
How about stating a new team and calling them the Rippers as happened last season? All they did was help the Frontier League rip off the fans. How about Bill Lee allowing Stu Williams to steal all the supposed 'best' players from the Rippers because they disbanded while playing a game in Washington? The good thing was Stu got ripped because the Rippers didn't have any 'good' players as we all found out.
How about getting some integrity and build some respect for this under-talented league? That's never going to happen.

November 4, 2012 at 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about the Wild Things and Frontier Legaue just leave town. And take the owners who don't pay their taxes with them. Bulldoze the field and build a bar and strip joint on the property. It would be better than a stadium that houses Little League quality players and price gouging owners.

November 4, 2012 at 6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about making it into a soccer field once again.
They could call it the Washington TP Soccer team!

November 5, 2012 at 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with comment 2. This is the last respectable guy the Wild Things could hire. If Stu Williams didn't hate the Wild Things and the city of Washington he would of hired this guy years ago instead of Mark Mason, Greg Jelks, Darin Everson, and of course who could we forget but the great CHRIS BANDO!!!!!!!!!!

November 5, 2012 at 1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your plan just makes Washington that much scummier.

November 5, 2012 at 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Bulldoze the field and build a bar and strip joint on the property"

We need solutions not stupid remarks as this one.
Ima Fraid

November 6, 2012 at 5:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bull doze the property and build another medical center!

November 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea, its interesting how Mazz won a champonship after he left Washington, Jelks won one in Evansville and Mason won 2 in York. Maybe its the negative energy in the front office and the fans that post on this blog

February 14, 2013 at 6:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

negativity is contagious washington is loaded with it

fans were spoiled with 7 straight post seasons in a row

this is independent baseball
million dollar mlb teams dont make the playoffs at that pace

February 14, 2013 at 6:32 AM  

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