Breakin’ Rad: Justin Greene batting .389
Our “summer” begins in October once the season is over. All-Star Break? I think not! Over the next four days look for a different post to satisfy your insatiable appetite for Revolution information while the first-half champ and playoff-bound Revs enjoy some much-earned down time. Now let’s talk about Justin Greene.
The Revolution right fielder is probably the most notable omission from Wednesday’s Atlantic League All-Star Game in Sugar Land. It certainly isn’t for lack of numbers; Greene hit a cool .383 in 43 first half games. However, it was his late arrival to the league from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization that cost him, as usually, and understandably so, all-star spots are reserved for players who played the vast majority of the first half for their clubs. So call it a snub if you’d like, but honestly no one around here is too upset about it, especially should Greene keep cranking out two or three hits a game for York. I think we should look forward to seeing what he can do after four days rest.
Greene, now batting .389 in 50 games for the Revs, is in hot pursuit of two major records. Should his pace hold, he’d obliterate each. The Revolution single-season record for batting average is .339 by infielder Ramon Castro in 2010. The Atlantic League mark is .371 by Vic Rodriguez of the 2004 Somerset Patriots. Both records are predicated on the player having 2.7 at-bats per team game, a threshold Greene crossed the first week of July after signing with York on May 23. Doing so made him the official Atlantic League batting average leader this season, out-pacing the former Twin & Oriole Lew Ford of Long Island (.363) by a healthy margin.
If Greene is here for the remainder of the season, a big IF for obvious reasons, his real sights may be set on becoming the first Atlantic League player to hit .400, rather than just the club and league records. The highest Greene’s average climbed in the first half was .395.
Two other Revolution single-season records will be coming down soon once play resumes with a three-game series at Long Island on Friday. The team record for steals is 100, established by the inaugural 2007 club. The 2014 Revs have already stolen 99 bases, with Wilson Valdez breaking the individual single-season mark on July 7. (!)
Rommie Lewis is entering the all-star break with 19 saves on the year, just three shy of Juan Rincon’s single-season record of 22, set last season. If fact, Rommie’s 19 saves combined with his five last season have already put him second on the franchise all-time list, seven behind R.J. Rodriguez’s 31 between 2010 and 2012. Lewis passed Franklin Nunez (2007-2008) when he finalized a 3-1 home win over Bridgeport on July 13 in the last game before the break. Rarely has the Revolution enjoyed one undisputed closer during a season like they have in 2014, it’s often been a committee approach, making those stats relatively unsurprising.
TOMORROW: I’ll break down/explain the means by which departed players such as Chris Cody (Taiwan), Johan Limonta (Mexico) and Anthony Lerew (L.A. Angels) could return to York for the end of the regular season and playoffs.