Bill Shipley Named Chairman of York Revolution
York, PA - The York Revolution minor league baseball club today announced that Eric Menzer, who has served as President and General Manger since 2010, and Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson have been elected to the Club's Board of Directors. Both also have ownership interests in the Revolution. Menzer and Robinson were elected to the Board, which also includes Bill Shipley of York, Peter Kirk, and Jon Danos. In related news Shipley was named Chairman of the Board and will be the managing partner of the Club. Financial details were not disclosed.
"Having Bill, Eric, and Brooks in these expanded roles further helps the Revolution build our deep connection with the York community," stated Peter Kirk, one of the team's founding partners. "We think all minor league teams benefit from strong community connections and local leadership. It is clear that as the Atlantic League continues to develop and the team and baseball operations are now well-established in York, the organization as a whole can be most fully develop with experienced local business people and civic leaders like Bill and Eric continuing to increase their respective roles. Bringing Bill into the group last year was a wonderful addition, and with Eric and Brooks now having a direct and more active role in senior management, we have an opportunity to build on what is already a very special stadium and team."
"I appreciate the opportunity I was given three years ago and this new opportunity to further the way we grow the Revolution in York - not just from a business perspective, but the ability we have to be leaders and contributors to the community. I think the opportunities are virtually unlimited to continue to make the Revolution a leader in both the York community and all of minor league baseball."
"My interest in being an owner of the Revolution stemmed from my interest in the role they play in our community," said Shipley. "It has become clear to me that there is enormous potential for the Revolution to become a premiere franchise in all of minor league baseball. That is exciting to be involved in."
Brooks Robinson, who also joins the Board, began his professional baseball career in York in 1955 as a member of the York White Roses, the city's minor league team at the time. The plaza in front of Sovereign Bank Stadium is named for Robinson. He retains many friendships in York, and intends to become even more active with the Revolution to support and grow the stature of the Revolution in the community. This past June, he assisted in reinvigorating the Revolution's annual golf tournament, now christened the "Brooks Robinson Classic," which partnered with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation to raise money for at-risk youth in the York community.
"I'm excited about getting more involved with hands-on leadership of the Club," said Robinson. "The York community got me started in baseball; it's wonderful to return and help to return the favor now that my playing career is over."
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