Mark Mason, Manager
Following a highly successful three-year tenure as the club’s pitching coach, Mark Mason took over the reins last season and now enters his second season as York Revolution Manager in 2014. Mason’s promotion to manager was announced on September 4, 2012, as he succeeded Andy Etchebarren in becoming the third field manager in Revs history.
In his first season as manager, Mason guided the Revs to overcome an incredible amount of roster turnover, finishing just half a game out of the league’s top half of the standings with the fifth-best overall record. Despite finishing the season with just nine players who were on the Opening Night roster and only two position players who were in the Opening Night lineup, Mason recruited and assembled the most accomplished roster in club history as a franchise-record 21 players with Major League experience suited up for the Revs in 2013. Mason also helped send six players back to Major League organizations during the season and three others to high-caliber leagues outside of the United States.
Mason has played a variety of integral roles in the Revolution’s success since his arrival before the 2010 season. As pitching coach, his pitching staffs amassed a league-best 221-183 record in three seasons, and the Revs were one of only two Atlantic League teams to reach the playoffs each of those three years. Mason has also produced numerous pitchers whose contracts have been purchased by Major League organizations, four of whom have gone on to pitch in the Majors over the last three seasons. In addition to his unparalleled success as pitching coach, Mason has held a leading role in player procurement since his arrival, as his far-reaching connections and tireless efforts have helped the Revs win a pair of championships and establish new single-season club records for victories.
In Mason’s first two seasons with York, the Revs became just the second team in Atlantic League history to win back-to-back championships, doing so in 2010 and 2011. The team’s postseason success centered around Mason’s pitching staffs, as the Revs posted a combined 3.10 playoff ERA with a 12-5 record during those championship runs.
Under Mason’s guidance, the Revs finished in the top half of the league in team ERA in 2011 and 2012, including a club record 3.99 ERA during the 2012 season. The Revs also set team records in shutouts with nine and 11 in those two seasons respectively, leading the league both years.
Since Mason’s arrival, the Revs have had 16 players signed in-season by Major League organizations, 10 of whom have come from Mason’s pitching staffs. Four of those pitchers have made it to the Major Leagues. Lefty Justin Hampson (York ’10) worked a 1.80 ERA in 13 appearances for the New York Mets in 2012. Right-hander Shawn Hill, who began the 2012 season with the Revolution where he did not allow a run in 27.2 innings as a starter, finished that season in the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen earning a win with three scoreless innings against the New York Yankees on September 29, 2012, making Hill the first Revolution alum to earn a winning decision in an MLB game. Lefty Scott Rice (York ‘11) made the New York Mets Opening Day roster last season for his Major League debut, and earned four wins in 73 appearances with a 3.71 ERA. Southpaw Ian Thomas ('12) made his Major League debut with the Atlanta Braves on Opening Day 2014, after jumping from Double-A and making Atlanta's 25-man roster out of Spring Training.
The 2014 season will be Mason's 27th season as a coach at either the collegiate or professional level. He came to York from Western Pennsylvania, where he had most recently been the manager of the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League. Mason’s accomplishments in the Frontier League are numerous, having worked with three separate organizations on that circuit. His first stint in Washington began in 2002 as pitching coach, where he remained for three seasons. In 2005, he became manager of the Ohio Valley Red Coats and was named Frontier League Manager of the Year in his lone season as skipper of the team. In 2006, Mason returned to Washington as pitching coach, before taking the managerial reins of the Chillicothe Paints, also of the Frontier League. He managed the Paints for two seasons before joining the Wild Things for a third stint, this time as manager. Mason’s pitching staffs led the Frontier League in wins in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006.
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 organization, ascending as high as Double-A Lynn (MA) of the Eastern League. “Mase” also pitched at Waynesburg (Pa.) College, which is now Waynesburg University.
Enohel Polanco, Bench/Third Base Coach
Atlantic League veteran Enohel Polanco returns to the Revs for his fifth season on the staff. “Polo” made the transition from player to coach during the 2010 season, initially as the club’s first ever player-coach, holding both an active roster spot as an infielder as well as a spot on the coaching staff. During his time in York, he has played a major role both on the field as the team’s third base coach, and behind the scenes in helping the club reach the postseason during each of his first three years. The 2010 and 2011 championships marked the first Atlantic League titles of his career.
When the Revs landed Polanco, they acquired a respected veteran whose Atlantic League ties run deep. The 2014 season is his 12th in the league, and the Revolution are his sixth Atlantic League team.
A native of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, Polanco began his professional career in 1995 when he signed with the New York Mets. Primarily a shortstop early on, his 14-year career as a player also took him to the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins, and Colorado Rockies farm systems, reaching the Triple-A level with Cleveland and Florida in 2000. In total, he played for 21 different clubs, including seven during the 2000 season alone.
Polanco first signed to play in the Atlantic League in 2001 as a member of the Atlantic City Surf, batting .303 that first season. He has also played in the Atlantic League for Nashua, Southern Maryland, Bridgeport, Newark, and York, batting a combined .290 during his time on the circuit.
With the Revs, Polanco has been instrumental in the organization’s player procurement efforts, and his connections, especially in the Latin American baseball community, have helped the Revs land numerous key players during the greatest stretch of success in franchise history. His behind-the-scenes work with the team’s hitters has paid dividends as well, as the Revs have led the league with a combined .286 team batting average, 5,397 total hits, and 2,911 total runs in the four years since his arrival. Polanco and the entire Revs coaching staff had the honor of coaching the Freedom Division to victories at the 2011 Atlantic League All-Star Game in York, and the 2012 All-Star Game in Camden.
On June 19, 2012, Polanco passed his citizenship test, officially becoming a citizen of the United States. He resides in Kendall Park, NJ with his wife Lizette Delgado Polanco and step-children Brianna Earle, Joshua Rodriguez, and Justin Rodriguez.
Paul Fletcher, Pitching Coach
Fletcher brings a wealth of experience to the Revolution, having worked in baseball in many capacities throughout the course of his career, which has included roles as a player, pitching coach, manager, and for many years as an accomplished pitching instructor.
Fletcher’s professional career began in 1992 when he was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 24th round of the Major League draft, after a decorated college career at the University of Tennessee where he was an all-SEC selection in 1991, breaking school records for wins, strikeouts, and innings pitched. After initially breaking into the pro ranks in the Royals farm system, the left-hander pitched for Ohio Valley of the Frontier League, earning a contract from there with the Chicago White Sox organization.
Fletcher later returned to the Frontier League where the former starter pitched for the Springfield Capitals as a closer to cap his five-year playing career, before making the transition to pitching coach with that team in 1997.
In three years as pitching coach in Springfield, Fletcher helped guide the Capitals to two league championships while producing future Major League pitchers Jason Simontacchi and Matt Duff. Fletcher also spent one season as manager in Springfield in 2000, winning a first half title.
Fletcher left professional baseball for a time to open the Norcross Sports Training Academy in Norcross, GA. During that time, he also coached some of the country’s most successful travel teams and high school teams. As pitching coach at The Lovett School, Fletcher’s teams won two state titles and finished runner-up twice, while producing four area Pitchers of the Year and one state Player of the Year, leading the region in team ERA, and sending 32 players to the college level, 22 of which were pitchers.
Fletcher also helped start the Sunbelt Collegiate Wood Bat League in which his teams have won a pair of championships, while producing eight players that went on to be drafted, six of whom were pitchers. Those avenues have led the 44-year-old to become one of the most sought after pitching instructors in the southeastern part of the country. In addition, Fletcher has continued to maintain strong ties in professional baseball as a part-time scout for the New York Mets, having successfully signed over 15 players to Major League contracts.
As a principal owner of Norcross Sports Training Academy, Fletcher has built his business to a level where he is now able to focus on a return to professional baseball during the season.
Fletcher’s background is similar to that of his manager’s. Revs skipper Mark Mason also came to York following a successful path through the Frontier League as a pitching coach and manager, as well as becoming a sought after instructor himself.
Fletcher resides in Alpharetta, GA with his wife Jennifer and son Braden.