Revolution Rumblings is moving

Loyal Readers,

revs_cap_logoThis blog will find a new home in the York Dispatch Blogzone. You can access the new blog by navigating your web browser to revolutionrumblings.com.

I think you’ll find that not much has changed on the new site (we’ll still have the same theme, links and feeds). It was simply time that I stopped my rogue adventure and joined the rest of my Dispatch colleagues back on the Dispatch Web site.

Thanks for your continued support and you should find new posts on a regular basis now that the new blog’s transition is complete.

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Aspito and Thurman headline four signings

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Jason Aspito is York’s very own version of Benjamin Button.

The birthdays continue to pile up for the man who turned 30 early last month. But somehow as he ages, Aspito finds himself feeling younger and healthier — a la Brad Pitt’s character in one of the most popular films of 2008 — than he did as a 23-year-old fresh out of Loyola Marymount (Ca.).

He no longer has to deal with the lingering effects from microfracture surgery on his left knee (the same operation that threatened the careers of Amar’e Stoudemire and Greg Oden). The two other knee operations he had subsequently are in the rearview mirror.

Life as a healthy man is grand.

And it will continue in a York Revolution uniform.

The Revs announced Aspito’s return on Friday along with starting pitcher Corey Thurman. The club also announced the addition of newcomers Steve Andrade, a former major league relief pitcher, and outfielder Tommy Collaro.

Aspito pieced together the best year of his nine-year career last year (.294 average/24 home runs/105 RBIs) and emerged as one of the best all-around players in the Atlantic League.

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Is Newark’s Rivefront Stadium the Coors Field of the Atlantic League?

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Revolution Rumblings delved into the world of sabermetrics in May of last year and we learned that former Rev Travis Ezi was not only the best outfielder in the Atlantic League — he was one of the best outfielders period.

So that idea got the braniacs at this site thinking of other ideas. What other sabermetric formulas can be used to analyze the Atlantic League?

Here’s what the guy who got a C-minus in Algebra 2 borrowed from other geniuses — “Park Factor.” I’ll list the formula below and then attempt to explain it in Lehman’s terms.

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Basically, Park Factor is used to determine “how much a specific ballpark contributes to the offensive production of a team or player.” In the above formula, the numerator is runs scored at home + runs allowed at home divided by home games while the denominator is runs scored on the road + runs allowed on the road divided by road games.

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Totten also back in affiliated ball

Perhaps it’s because he only spent four games in a York Revolution uniform, but I completely missed Heath Totten re-signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the recent transaction report from Baseball America.

tottenTotten, 30, was cut by the Minnesota Twins’ organization a season ago and joined York while the team was in Lancaster. He put up a 7.94 ERA in his four outings out of the bullpen and was thought to be a potential starter for the Revs before he was quickly scooped up by the Dodgers, nearly setting the record for shortest stint with York (Steve Schmoll’s record of 26 hours will be pretty tough to break).

The Port Arthur, Tex. native went on to have a pretty decent year at Triple-A Las Vegas. He posted a 4.30 ERA in 13 starts and compiled an 8-5 record with a 37-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Those numbers were even more incredible when you consider he surrendered 105 hits in 73.1 innings.

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Nunez lands with Colorado

The all-time leader in saves in York Revolution history is headed back to affiliated baseball.

Franklin Nunez, York’s closer for much of 2007 and 2008, has signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies. The signing was first reported by Atlantic League Baseball News

Rev Spring TrainingNunez started the ’07 season in spring training with York and his season was marred by injuries. But when he did take the mound, the Dominican-born right-hander turned into one of the most dominant relievers in the Atlantic League.

He had a 2.76 ERA and a 51/12 strikeout-to-walk-ratio in 30 appearances. That stretch of dominance helped him earn a spot at Triple-A (Nashville) with the Milwaukee Brewers, the same club that had been scouting Nunez from the very first day of spring training in Lakeland, Fla.

Last year, Nunez started off the year with Saltillo of the Mexican League, going 3-2 with a 2.86 ERA and a 43/12 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 39 games. He joined the Revolution after the Mexican season ended and seemed to regress a bit. Nunez had a 3.98 ERA in 18 games while making many saves of the roller-coaster-ride variety.

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A-Rod and the Atlantic League steroid quagmire

We’d be remissed here at Revolution Rumblings if we failed to bring up what the Alex Rodriguez steroid admission means for the Atlantic League.

alex-rodriguez1Perhaps not much, one might think. But there’s a familiar indy league argument that comes up any time the steroid topic is brought up.

Example: Lifelong Triple-A guy (think Chris Ashby) is passed over time and time again for the big call-up to the majors. The guys who keep passing him by are performance-enhancing drug users — yet no one knows it at the time. It’s only later that this information of drug use comes to light and the hypotheticals start to circulate.

How much money did this Triple-A veteran lose out on? Might that one shot in the big leagues have led to an extended opportunity? Or here’s the most numbing: was a man who played by the rules deprived of his cup of coffee at The Show partly because of a bunch of cheaters?

It’s a sad thought really. But of course, that’s only one side of this debate.

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Who do the Revs bring back?

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The topic comes up every year when the off-season months start to fade into spring: How many players from last year’s team do the York Revolution bring back?

It’s hard to say, really. Lancaster obviously is a great example of how this situation can backfire. The ‘Stormers relied heavily on their nucleus from the 2006 championship team in ’07 and that decision eventually ended up getting manager Frank Klebe fired.

So what does York do for 2009? Under Atlantic League guidelines the Revs have until Feb. 26 to negotiate with players who finished last year on the Revolution roster. That means your Matt Dryers, Corey Thurmans, Dan Folis (pictured above) and Jason Aspitos.

After that, players are free to negotiate with other teams. But it’s very likely that we’ll see a few familiar faces re-signed before that deadline.

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