The Revs released former major leaguer Ramon Nivar before Thursday’s game, booting a .300 hitter in the midst of a division race.
Here’s one opinion why.
The Revs haven’t had the best team unity all season. Few first-year clubs have perfect chemistry because everyone is still getting to know each other.
York’s been splintered with new guys coming in every week, and without any holdover players from last year to call the shots, the team has not had the type of chemistry you see from other teams. Like Somerset.
Despite being a great hitter, Nivar never really showed signs of fitting in with York.
His act of pointing skyward after every one of his positive offensive plays wore thin with some teammates.
Another mark against Nivar was he wore out his welcome in Camden after playing only 11 games for the Sharks. The Atlantic League is a small league, and players tend to know the reputation of a guy before he walks in the door.
Manager Chris Hoiles also likes to play small ball and smart baseball. Nivar never really fit into that mold. He is perhaps the most careless baserunner in the league. In one game this year, he singled off the wall in left and was caught in a rundown between first and second. He wasn’t thrown out because of a throwing error, but in the same inning managed to get caught in another rundown between third and home. Granted he scored on the play because of another throwing error, but being caught in two rundowns 180 feet apart sort of tells the whole story.
And no, I don’t think there is a chance Nivar finds his way onto another BASA team this season. He’s already bombed out with two of their teams.