Brian Holliday walked into the York clubhouse at Sovereign Bank Stadium and looked around. The left-handed pitcher and Revolution non-roster invitee knew he was in the right place, but wasn't sure who to check in with.
Still, after driving from Pittsburgh to York in Wednesday's steady rain, he was glad to be inside.
"I think I hydroplaned for a mile," Holliday joked while filling out his paperwork before scheduling his physical.
The Moon Township resident spent seven seasons in the Pirates organization until his contract expired following last season, when he pitched for Class A Lynchburg and AA Altoona.
Holliday has been down this road before and he hopes to land a job with York.
"I have been in enough locker rooms, it's the same," he said. "My whole goal is the make the team and get better. I heard good things about this league. I have to perform to get where I want to go."
New faces in camp: Right-handed pitcher Rick Bauer and infielder George Sandel arrived in camp Tuesday. Bauer pitched indoors at the Revolution's morning workout at the YMCA, locating the majority of his pitches. Visa issues have delayed the arrival of catcher Luis Taveras (Dominican Republic) and infielder Danny Sandoval (Venezuela). Sandoval is not expected until the end of April or early May.
Town ball team loses pitcher: Susquehanna League pitcher Jason Enoch has been invited to spring training with the Lancaster Barnstormers, according to Lancaster Director of Baseball Operations Keith Lupton.
Enoch was expected to pitch against York on Saturday, when a team comprised of Central and Susquehanna league All-Stars scrimmages the Revolution.
"He came in here the other day with Tom Herr and threw a bullpen session, and I think we were pleasantly surprised," Lupton said. "If we're in Florida (for spring training), he probably doesn't get this opportunity."
Enoch graduated from Hempfield High -- Herr's alma matter -- and pitched for Juniata College.
That's two 'Ns': Sitting in front of his locker at Sovereign Bank Stadium, relief pitcher Bob Zimmermann nodded to the laminated placard above his head: "B. Zimmerman."
That's him, but that's not the way he spells his last name.
"It happens every year," Zimmermann said with a smile.
The Cardinals organization botched the spelling of Zimmermann last year, handing him a spring training jersey with his name spelled wrong.
Yuck, not again: According to weatherbase.com, the average April high temperature in York is 64.5 degrees, making Wednesday's rainy 43 degrees downright raw.
For the second straight day, the Revs' workouts were altered. The team's morning batting practice moved to the York YMCA and the afternoon to the batting cages beneath the home clubhouse at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
Non-roster invitee Colin Roberson felt the chill while taking his cuts in the afternoon.
"It would be nice to get some sunlight," the Virginia Beach native said.
Although if any of the York players would be used to frosty conditions it could be Roberson, who spent last season in Winnipeg of the Northern League.
He hopes to catch on with the Revs and play in the Atlantic League.
"I heard it was the best independent ball to play in," he said.
Roberson also had heard of York before. He recalled facing York College, while playing for Virginia Wesleyan College.
Anything for the team: Veteran Revolution infielder Keoni DeRenne, back in camp as a non-roster player, was throwing batting practice during the afternoon session at the stadium and looked comfortable doing it.
"I have done it before," he said. "I would like to think I can do just about anything."
DeRenne, who one day hopes to get into coaching, is looking at his tryout as a chance to keep playing for York, where he spent most of the last two seasons.
"It is still an opportunity. I don't view (trying out) any differently," he said. "I have to prove it to myself and the organization. We will see what happens."
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