Mark Mason enters his eighth season at the helm of the York Revolution in 2020. With 494 victories in addition to the 2017 Atlantic League championship, he is the winningest manager in Revolution history.
The longest-tenured manager in club history and tied for the longest-tenured active manager in the league, Mason also enters his 11th overall season on the staff in 2020, matching Enohel Polanco for longest-tenured staff member in club history. The two have been part of 715 combined victories.
Mason oversaw an incredible turnaround during the 2019 season that saw the Revs overcome a 13-30 start, going 62-35 from June 10 on to post the league’s second best overall record at 75-65. That included a stretch on which York won 14 of 15 series, going 39-10 from June 10-August 4, and a 27-6 mark from June 25-August 4. York won 41 second half games, their most in a half since 2014 and most in a second half since 2012. The Revs offense blasted a franchise record 167 home runs, the league’s highest total since 2010, while batting a league-best .293 (league’s highest since 2012) with 762 runs scored (100 more than any other team and league’s most since 2011). Mason recruited a club record eight mid-season All-Stars, three post-season All-Stars, and the Atlantic League Player of the Year for the second time in three seasons. It was all part of leading the franchise to its eighth postseason berth and fourth under his guidance. Mason also managed the Freedom Division to victory at the Atlantic League All-Star Game for the second consecutive season, this time in York at PeoplesBank Park.
Mason guided a 2018 team that overcame numerous injuries to go 68-58 and boast the league’s most prolific offense. He earned his 400th win as manager on August 16 vs. the New Britain Bees and managed the Freedom Division at the 2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game.
Mason orchestrated a dramatic midseason turnaround in 2017, guiding the Revolution to a second half division title and a 6-1 postseason record en route to winning the franchise’s third Atlantic League championship and first since 2011. The 6-1 run through the playoffs established the best postseason mark in Revolution history. Once again fielding arguably the league’s most exciting team, Mason built an offense that paced the circuit with 139 home runs. He also claimed his 300th win as Revolution manager during the 2017 season, doing so on June 4.
Mason guided the Revolution to a 76-win season in 2016, the franchise’s third-highest win total all-time. It included a personal milestone for Mason who tied his predecessor Andy Etchebarren for the franchise’s all-time wins record with his 237th victory on June 16, 2016, in a 5-3 win at Somerset, and surpassed “Etch” with win number 238 the following night, June 17, 2016, in a 6-4 home win vs. Bridgeport. His squad was known for its never-say-die approach, pulling off an incredible team-record 44 come-from-behind victories, eight more than the previous high, including 15 victories when trailing heading to the late innings. Mason also pushed the right buttons in close games, as his team went 43-28 in games decided by two runs or fewer, and 15-4 in one-run games at home. Overall, York’s home field advantage was the Atlantic League’s best with a 43-27 mark at PeoplesBank Park. Offensively, York bashed 133 home runs, their highest total in four years and the league’s second most.
Known for his in-game tactics as well as his proven success in constructing a roster, Mason navigated the Atlantic League’s second-best turnaround from first half to second half in his third year as manager, as the 2015 Revs went 40-29 in the second half, their winningest second half since the 2012 campaign. Mason’s squad became one of the most exciting in the league, setting a club record with 11 walk-off wins and nine extra-inning wins, while leading the league with 29 home runs in the month of September. The Revs’ 34 comeback wins fell just short of matching a then-club record of 36, tied the season before. York finished the season ranking second in the league in batting average and homers, and tied for second in stolen bases.
That followed a highly successful 2014 season in which Mason was named the Atlantic League Manager of the Year. Mason oversaw the league’s biggest increase in wins and winning percentage from the previous year, as the 2014 Revs returned to the postseason after a one-year absence, gaining national attention during their playoff run, and knocking down numerous club records in the process.
Mason’s 2014 squad totaled 78 wins during the regular season, the second-highest total in franchise history. York punched its postseason ticket by winning a first half title for the second time, with a club record 41 first half victories. Mason’s offense featured the individual league leaders in batting (Justin Greene, .358), RBI (Chad Tracy, 97), stolen bases (Wilson Valdez, 55), and triples (Eric Patterson, 17). The lineup amassed 188 stolen bases as a team, nearly doubling the previous franchise record, and notching the league’s highest total since the 2009 season. That exciting, balanced offensive attack was combined with a pitching staff that posted the league’s second lowest ERA at 3.44 as a team, by far the best in franchise history. Other highlights included a team record 23 victories in games decided by one run, and a club record-tying 36 come-from-behind wins. The team’s most memorable moment occurred in Game 3 of the Division Series as the Revs secured an extra inning come-from-behind victory over Sugar Land in front of, at the time, the biggest postseason crowd in PeoplesBank Park history. Fans across the country viewed highlights from that night as centerfielder Sean Smith tied the game with an eighth inning home run, hopping around the bases on one foot after sustaining a serious knee injury at first base. The play was featured on ESPN and Good Morning America among other national outlets, while garnering nearly two million views on the club’s YouTube channel.
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.
Following a highly successful three-year tenure as the club’s pitching coach, Mason’s promotion to manager was announced on September 4, 2012, as he succeeded Etchebarren in becoming the third field manager in Revs history.
On the Mound:
As pitching coach, Mason’s 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, nine of whom have gone on to pitch in the Majors including four who made their MLB debuts. In addition to his success as pitching coach, Mason has held a leading role in player procurement since his arrival before the 2010 season, as his far-reaching connections and tireless efforts have helped the Revs win three championships and establish a tradition of excellence.
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 then-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.
From York to the Majors:
Since Mason’s arrival in 2010, the Revs have had 29 players signed in-season by Major League organizations, 18 of whom have come from Mason’s pitching staffs. Nine of those pitchers and 10 total players 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 star, finished that season in the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen, earning a win with three scoreless innings against the New York Yankees in his lone appearance. Lefty Scott Rice (York ‘11) made the New York Mets Opening Day roster in 2013 for his Major League debut, and earned four wins in 73 appearances with a 3.71 ERA. Four more were promoted to the big leagues in 2014 alone. Southpaw Ian Thomas (York ’12) made his Major League debut and the Atlanta Braves Opening Day roster. Righty Julio DePaula (York ’13, ’14) was called up by the Baltimore Orioles on July 7, just 11 days after his contract was purchased from the Revolution. Left-hander Ryan Feierabend (York ’12) earned a call-up by the Texas Rangers that same month. Corner infielder Andy Marte (York ’13) was called up by Arizona on July 31 and homered as a pinch-hitter in his first at-bat for the Diamondbacks that night. Lefty Edward Paredes (York ‘13-15) earned the win in his Major League debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 24, 2017, and worked a 3.24 ERA in 10 appearances before going 2-0 in 2018. Lefty Ross Detwiler opened the 2018 season in York’s starting rotation and returned to the Majors with the Seattle Mariners that same season. In 2019, Detwiler went from Revs Opening Day starter to the Major Leagues with the Chicago White Sox in a span of about two months. The 2019 season also saw Feierabend return to the big leagues with Toronto and RHP Zac Grotz (York ’18) make his Major League debut with Seattle.
A Lifetime in Baseball:
The 2020 season will be Mason’s 32nd as a coach or manager 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 returns to the Revs for his 11th season on the staff, joining manager Mark Mason as the longest-tenured members of the baseball staff in franchise history. “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 six of his eight years. The 2010 and 2011 championships marked the first Atlantic League titles of Polanco’s career, before adding a third ring with the Revs in 2017.
When the Revs landed Polanco, they acquired a respected veteran whose Atlantic League ties run deep. The 2020 season is his 18th in the league, and the Revs 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 franchise’s sustained period of success.