Mark Mason enters his eighth season at the helm of the York Revolution in 2021. With 500 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 longest-tenured active manager in the league, Mason also enters his 11th overall season on the staff in 2021 along with Enohel Polanco as the longest-tenured staff members 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.
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.
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.
Since Mason’s arrival in 2010, the Revs have had 33 players signed in-season by Major League organizations, 19 of whom have come from Mason’s pitching staffs. Nine of those pitchers and 10 total players have made it to the Major Leagues.
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 seven of his 10 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 2021 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. His behind-the-scenes work with the team’s hitters has paid huge dividends as well, as the Revs have led the league with a combined .279 team average, 13,114 total hits, and 6,908 total runs in the 10 years since his arrival, while ranking second with 1,270 home runs. Polanco has coached 40 position players to mid-season All-Star nods and 31 position players to all-league selections including Atlantic League Player of the Year selections Scott Grimes (2010), Alonzo Harris (2017) who was also named Baseball America’s Independent Leagues Player of the Year taking home the industry’s top national award, and Telvin Nash (2019). He has also mentored 11 position players whose contracts have been purchased in-season by Major League organizations.