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Hoiles to return as manager of York Revolution

Hoiles to return as manager of York Revolution
The York Revolution announced Wednesday that Chris Hoiles will return to the club as manager for a third season. Hoiles, the only manager the franchise has known, directed the Revolution to 71 wins in 2008, a winning season and a playoff appearance in his second year as a manager.

During the Atlantic League's second half, Hoiles managed the Revolution to a 41-29 record. The 41 victories were a league high for any team in either half of the 2008 season. The Revolution advanced to their first ALPB playoffs as second-half winners of the Freedom Division, before being ousted by the Somerset Patriots in the first round.

"We're ecstatic to have Chris back," said Adam Gladstone, director of Baseball operations for the Revolution. "He did a tremendous job last season, and is continuing to grow as a manager. He always commands respect in the clubhouse, and his players love playing for him."

Added Revolution General Manager Matt O'Brien: "I'm sure our fans are just as excited to welcome back Chris as we are. We felt over the last two seasons he really connected with the fans, and he is certainly one of the faces of our franchise."

Hoiles spent his entire 10-year Major League career as a catcher with Baltimore. His best season came in 1993, when he established career highs with a .310 batting average and 29 home runs, earning team Most Valuable Player honors.

Hoiles was catcher when the Orioles reached the American League Championship Series in 1996 and 1997. He finished his career with 151 home runs and a .467 slugging percentage, ninth best in Orioles history.

Hoiles, 43, is a native of Wayne, Ohio and lives with his wife Dana and their three children, Dalton, Derek and Drew.

The Revolution will also welcome back pitching coach Tippy Martinez and third base/hitting coach Sam Snider to York for 2009, keeping the same coaching staff from a season ago.

Another former Oriole, Martinez enjoyed a 14-season major league career as a left-handed relief pitcher. Martinez pitched in the 1979 and 1983 World Series' for Baltimore, and was an American League All-Star selection during the O's 1983 championship season.

Sam Snider will return to York for his second in minor league Baseball after 27 years with the Baltimore Orioles coaching staff.

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