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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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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Revs acquire Sandel, Clemente

In the midst of its push for the Atlantic League playoffs, the York Revolution made a flurry of roster moves Thursday afternoon.

The Revs acquired shortstop George Sandel (pictured) in a trade from Southern Maryland for a player to be named later; former major leaguer and outfielder Edgard Clemente was signed; and infielder Sam Rosario’s rights were traded back to Nashua of the Can-Am League, completing an earlier trade with the Pride. Rosario was essentially traded to and from York for himself.

Sandel, 27, was moved by Blue Crabs’ manager Butch Hobson because Hobson wanted to make room for shortstop Travis Garcia, a .289 hitter in the Frontier League this year. Sandel has battled a recent shoulder injury and hit .254 in 111 games for Southern Maryland with 28 RBIs and 62 runs scored. He previously played for Adam Gladstone, the Revolution’s director of baseball operations, in Somerset when the Patriots won the league championship in 2005. His career stats are here.

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Game 109: Southern Maryland 16, York 2

If Southern Maryland falls short of the playoffs, it can blame a 10-day stretch that included five losses in seven games to the York Revolution.

But the Blue Crabs still managed to finish their season series against the Revs with a bang — make that a huge explosion.

Southern Maryland rocked York early and often Wednesday night, sending the Revolution to a 16-2 defeat at Regency Furniture Stadium before an announced crowd of 1,941. The loss came within one run of tying the Revs’ largest margin of defeat in franchise history. York (22-17, 52-57) lost a 17-2 laugher to Somerset last August for its worst loss ever.

Southern Maryland (20-18, 56-52) jumped on Revolution starter Dan Foli (pictured) in the first inning. The Blue Crabs scored six runs in the frame, which was highlighted by Jeremy Owens’ grand slam. Third baseman Matt Dryer committed two errors in the inning and none of the runs against Foli were earned.

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Tremendous ‘pen

Remember the days when every close game the York Revolution played seemed to be followed by the phrase “came up just short?”

Those days are certainly in the past now.

With a thrilling 8-7 come-from-behind victory over Southern Maryland Tuesday night the Revs locked down another one-run victory. That gave York six wins in its last seven one-run decisions after starting 7-17 in those situations this year. So why the sudden success in close games?

It all comes down to the bullpen.

Even though York lost two very effective closers — Nick McCurdy and Dave Veres — in a matter of weeks, the Revs’ bullpen is arguably the club’s biggest strength right now. Manager Chris Hoiles has four dependable right-handed options (Travis Phelps, Juan Padilla (pictured), Jason Olson and Franklin Nunez). And if lefty Wayne Franklin stays in the bullpen, where he is clearly more effective, Hoiles finally has the luxury of playing the matchups at the end of games.

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Game 108: York 8, Southern Maryland 7

It’s been a tumultuous year for Keoni De Renne.

First, there was the battle to raise his batting average over .200. That took a month of hard work. Then there was the crisis in the field. De Renne has committed 28 errors already this year.

But the Hawaiian-born shortstop has returned to the form he dazzled the people of York with last year. And with one swing of the bat Tuesday night, all of the struggles were forgotten.

De Renne laced a line-drive single in the top of the 10th inning at Regency Furniture Stadium that plated Luis Taveras and helped the York Revolution to an exhilarating 8-7 win in 10 innings over Southern Maryland. De Renne, who hit leadoff, had three hits and is hitting .395 over the last 11 games and .253 overall.

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Game 107: Southern Maryland 2, York 1

Corey Thurman hadn’t lost a game since July 2.

But it only took one fatal pitch to snap that impressive streak Monday night at Regency Furniture Stadium.

Thurman (pictured) served up a long two-run homer to Southern Maryland’s James Shanks in the fourth inning and it ended up being the difference in the Blue Crabs’ 2-1 win before an announced crowd of 2,137. Southern Maryland ace Joe Gannon rebounded well after allowing eight earned runs in a start against York last week. The knuckleballer struck out eight in a complete-game victory. Thurman (8-7) pitched seven innings and only allowed four hits and two runs.

Gannon dealt with baserunners all night but he earned his eighth win of the year by bunkering down in tough situations. York stranded nine men on base against the former Newark Bear.

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