September 5, 2012 - Atlantic League (AtL) - York Revolution
(York, Pa): York Revolution manager Andy Etchebarren today 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.
"After 51 years in uniform it is time to step down and move to the next phase of my career in baseball. I am proud of the winning tradition that we have been able to establish in York, and I treasure all the friendships that I now have in the York community", stated Etchebarren. "I know that the ballclub will be in good hands with Mark Mason in charge, which is why I recommended him for the position."
Etchebarren remarked prior to this season that it would likely be his last as manager. 2012 is Etchebarren's fourth year as York manager, and his 51st in professional baseball as a player, coach, instructor and manager. He 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 Revolution is currently in position for a third consecutive post-season appearance, possibly making Etchebarren's club the first to win three consecutive championships in Atlantic League history.
"I don't need to tell our fans what Andy brought to our organization," said Revolution President and General Manager Eric Menzer. "His baseball accomplishments speak for themselves. He's established the Revolution as an organization with high expectations and a winning attitude on the field. It's also clear that he has won the hearts of our fans and the York community with his no-nonsense attitude and his embrace of York as his town for the last four seasons."
Etchebarren has plenty of previous winning on his resume, as part of four American League Championships with the Baltimore Orioles in the 60s and 70s and winning the World Series as a player in 1966 and 1970, and as a teammate of Hall-of-Famer and part owner of the Revolution, Brooks Robinson.
The 69-year-old Etchebarren was twice selected a Major League All-Star with Baltimore in 1966 and 1967. The catcher enjoyed a playing career which spanned 15 seasons, the vast majority of which was spent with Baltimore before ending his career with the California Angels and Milwaukee Brewers. Upon his retirement as a player, Etchebarren was a coach at the Major League level for Milwaukee and then returned to Baltimore in a similar capacity. He moved on to manage Orioles minor league affiliates at every level, including Bluefield (Rookie), Frederick (A-Advanced), Bowie (Double-A), Rochester (Triple-A) and Aberdeen (Short-Season A). He also worked as a roving catching instructor with the Baltimore organization. Etchebarren first took the reins in York midway through the 2009 season, after serving as bench coach with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, also of the Atlantic League.
The organization is planning a recognition ceremony for Etchebarren prior to the final regular season home game on Sunday, September 16 when York takes on the Somerset Patriots at 2 p.m. More details will be available shortly.
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 in Washington, 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.
The York Revolution Professional Baseball Club is a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. The team has captured the Atlantic League Championship in two consecutive seasons, 2010 and 2011 in just five years as a franchise. Home games are played at Sovereign Bank Stadium, located at 5 Brooks Robinson Way, York, PA 17401. For more information, please call 717-801-HITS (4487), or visit the Revolution online at www.YorkRevolution.com .