The 25-year-old from Bakersfield, Calif. began the 2011 season with the York Revolution in the Atlantic League, but was released after hitting .194 (6-for-31) in 12 games. He played well after joining the Bears, batting .318 with eight home runs and 26 RBI in 44 games.
Martinez was selected in the 46th round of the 2009 draft by the San Francisco Giants, and he played in their organization for two years.
I mentioned earlier today that I got three minor league team sets for Christmas this year. So for this week’s Minor League Mondays feature, I want to take a look at one of them.
The 2011 York Revolution team finished the regular season with a 73-51 overall record. Once in the playoffs, they won their second straight Atlantic League title.
Managed by former Baltimore Orioles catcher Andy Etchebarren, the Revolution had about a dozen players with prior major league experience on their roster at some point during the season. None were really high-profile guys, though. York’s lineup did feature two former Newark Bears stars in Jose Herrera and Ramon Castro, as well as several others who spent time playing for Newark.
Choice Sportscards produced a 24-card team set. The glossy fronts feature a mix of game action photos and candid shots of the players, which have been isolated from their original backgrounds and placed in front of a grey geometric design. While it can be a neat look, it’s losing its appeal for me as more and more teams do it. I also think it works better with posed portrait shots or candid closeups than medium-range action photos. Continue reading “Minor League Mondays: 2011 York Revolution team set”→
More than 30 former football players are scheduled to be there to sign autographs, but one of them was also an All-Star baseball player. Bo Jackson is one of the guests on Saturday, and on Sunday Hall of Famer Whitey Ford is scheduled along with the football guests.
If you’d prefer to go to a show with less emphasis on football, S&B Sports Promotions is holding one at the Woodbridge Mall all weekend. Kevin of Ridgedale Sports will be on hand with Shea Stadium memorabilia in case you’re still looking for a Father’s Day gift.
There are also three smaller sports card shows listed on the Beckett Card Show Calendar for the weekend: one at the Hampton Inn in Woodbridge on Saturday, one at the Rahway Senior Center on Sunday, and one at the East Dover First Aid Squad in Toms River on Sunday.
For starters, there was some actual energy in the ballpark last night. The crowd still didn’t come close to filling the ballpark, but people did decide to spend their Friday night watching the Bears. Most of them were into the game – there was more cheering last night than I’ve seen at Trenton Thunder games with crowds that were three times bigger.