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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Keller lands with Diamondbacks

We’re always hearing that the Atlantic League serves as the road to affiliated ball for more than players.

Managers. Coaches. Executives.

revs david kellerThey too are hoping to improve themselves through the indy league. So it’s nice to see that the system continues to work.

David Keller, the Camden Riversharks’ director of baseball operations, has joined the Arizona Diamondbacks’ baseball operations staff. As many of you will recall, Keller served one year under Adam Gladstone, the Revs’ director of baseball ops, with BASA in York’s inaugural season before taking on the gig in Camden last year.

Keller, also formerly of the Philadelphia Phillies video scouting department, did a tremendous job with Camden last year. The ‘Sharks had 12 players signed by affiliated organizations — best in the Atlantic League — and their roster was completely altered because of it. Yet Camden still managed to qualify for the playoffs while knocking off Long Island in a huge upset in the first round.

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ODP rubs some the wrong way

NEWARK, N.J. — There is no questioning the fact that Opening Day Partners knows how to run successful baseball franchises.

The organization, formerly known as Keystone Baseball, has been incredibly successful over the last eight-plus years running Camden, Lancaster, York (the Revs’ Sovereign Bank Stadium appears above) and Southern Maryland in the independent Atlantic League.

But along the way, ODP has acquired a reputation for making rash decisions when it comes to baseball operations. The organization adopted Baseball and Sports Associates — an agency that procured talent for four different teams, including York, in 2007 — and that moved backfired badly while creating an incredible conflict of interest.

And ODP has also shown a willingness to shake up its staff and remove its managers on the field. Last season, ODP made the first mid-season fire of an Atlantic League manager in league history when Lancaster let go of Frank Klebe.

That came after the organization let Wayne Krenchicki, a Trenton, N.J. native, walk after six seasons as the Camden Riversharks’ manager.

Krenchicki, now the manager of the Newark Bears, still has a bobble-head doll of himself on his desk decked out in Riversharks’ garb. And there’s a touch of bitterness in his voice when he discusses the way he was ushered out the door in Camden after leading the ‘Sharks to the Atlantic League’s best record from 2002 to 2005. 

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“Lima Time” is always a good time

Jose Lima has made almost $25 million in 13 Major League seasons.

He has reached the pinnacle of his sport — winning 21 games for the Houston Astros in 1999 — and has hit rock bottom. There have been stops in Mexico, Korea and the Atlantic League all within the last year.

So why does a 35-year-old with Lima’s career success keep going?

For glory?

For another shot at big money?

For the opportunity to display one of his memorable explosions of emotion every fifth day?

No, no and no.

Lima, now 4-4 with Camden, is in love with baseball — the game that has given him so much yet has taken so much away — and he knows all he needs is another opportunity. Whether that will come or not is still in doubt. But here’s one thing that’s for certain — Lima is great to talk to about his life experiences. So that’s exactly what I did Sundy evening at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

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Game 113: Camden 5, York 3

Here’s a head scratcher if there ever was one.

Which former Major League starter once posted a 6.99 ERA for an entire season — the highest ERA ever for any pitcher with 30 or more starts?

That dubious distinction goes to former 21-game winner Jose Lima.

But while the 35-year-old right-hander with a flare for the dramatic doesn’t seem to have the velocity or the repertoire left to fool major league hitters anymore, he certainly has enough remaining in the tank to dominate the Atlantic League on any given day.

That was evident Sunday afternoon at Sovereign Bank Stadium as Lima pitched 7 2/3 innings and only allowed two earned runs in Camden’s 5-3 win over the York Revolution. Lima’s only mistake was a two-run, opposite-field homer to the Revs’ Matt Dryer in the fifth.

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Game 112: York 2, Camden 1

Earlier in the season, it seemed every game hinged on the York Revolution’s offense.

Either the Revs found a way to score enough to win. Or they wilted away in the late innings.

But York has certainly done its best to erase that formula lately.

The Revs (24-18, 54-58) played one of their most fundamental games of the season and knocked off Camden 2-1 Saturday night in front of a record crowd of 6,643 at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Matt Dryer launched a solo homer in the eighth inning to tie the game, 1-1. Then Matt Padgett came up with the bases loaded in the ninth and ripped an RBI single to extend York’s lead to 4 1/2 games in the Freedom Division.

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Game 111: Camden 7, York 5

The York Revolution has played the role of comeback kid quite often recently.

This time, though, there wasn’t quite enough gas left in the tank for late-inning heroics.

York saw its franchise best winning streak at home put to rest Friday night as Camden grabbed an early four-run lead and held on for a 7-5 victory before an announced crowd of 4,855 at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The Revs had won eight straight at home and four straight at home against the Riversharks before Friday’s loss.

Revs’ starter Rolando Viera (pictured), who was looking like the ace of the staff after two outings, struggled for the first time in a York uniform. He went 5 1/3 innings, allowing five earned runs (six total) and four walks. He did strike out seven.

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