Notebook: Hey, it’s the offseason
Yes, when we began the blog a year ago, we were well aware that whether the Revolution won another championship this season or not, the name would be technically out of date. But now that the Atlantic League championship trophy won’t reside at Sovereign Bank Stadium for the first time since October of 2010, we might as well reminisce about the ’10 and ’11 seasons. Oh, and on that note, congratulations to the Long Island Ducks for capturing their second league title, and first since 2004. While acts of schadenfreude are generally prohibited in these parts, we’re guessing there were a few Revolution fans out there rooting for the Ducks. A devastating finish to the season it was for Lancaster after being up in the series 2-1 , but congratulations to them as well for setting a new league regular season wins record with 88. Sometimes it’s hard to deal with the fact that after 140 games a short five-game series can decide your season – after two championships we were reminded of that again this year in York. After playing our best ball down the stretch, we got steamrolled by the Barnstormers. Welp, here’s what’s coming up next on BlogToBlogChamps, and a few notes:
- The Atlantic League postseason All-Star Teams, Pitcher of the Year Award and Player of the Year will be out soon. Chris Nowak has a chance to take home Player of the Year honors. He and Andres Perez are shoo-ins for All-Star recognition. We’ll have the teams and awards listed here once they’re out.
- We’ll start posting columns from the 2012 York Revolutionary Times here weekly from Ron Gardner, Paul Braverman and Carrie Wood, in case you missed any issues at the ballpark during the season.
- Several Revolution and Atlantic League players will be playing winter ball, as is the case every year. As we did last year, Darrell Henry will have all the updates for you on how familiar faces are faring in four different leagues – Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
- Two former Atlantic League players are on MLB Postseason rosters. Long Island Ducks alum Lew Ford had a base hit for the Orioles in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees, and of course former Camden Riversharks infielder Stephen Drew has been the A’s everyday shortstop.
- The Long Island Ducks second Atlantic League Championship created a log-jam for the second-most titles in league history behind Somerset. The Revolution will try to close the gap with their New Jersey rivals next season, as the league enters its 16th (!) year.
ATLANTIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Somerset Patriots, 5: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009
Long Island Ducks, 2: 2004, 2012
York Revolution, 2: 2010, 2011
Newark Bears, 2: 2002, 2007
Lancaster Barnstormers, 1: 2006
Nashua Pride, 1: 2000
Bridgeport Bluefish, 1: 1999
Atlantic City Surf, 1: 1998