Ben Revere's Powerless Assault on the Record Books

Revere's not-power stroke. - USA TODAY Sports

Ben Revere's power outage is approaching record territory.

Greg Maddux, Michael Martinez, and Steve Jeltz did it 5 times.

Pat Corrales did it 4 times.

Jim Lonborg did it 3 times.

Robert Person once did it 2 times in one game.

Hell, Roy Oswalt even did it 1 time.

But Ben Revere, our lovably short Twittering center fielder, has never done it.  To his credit, he did do it 5 times in the minors, but that has translated to a big fat zero over the course of four years in the majors.  And now that zero is approaching the record books.

It should be quite obvious by now what the "it" here is - hit a home run.  It's no hidden fact that Revere has had 0 home runs in the major leagues.  He's done that over 1400 plate appearances.  As a result, he has an obscene career .045 ISO (isolated power is slugging minus batting average).

With the help of the Baseball Reference Play Index (the coolest thing on the web? maybe second only to this), I figured out that Revere needs just 9 more plate appearances to have the most without a home run since expansion in 1961.  He's currently second to mid-70s slugger Tim Johnson.  Here's the top 10 since 1961:

Player PA From To H 2B 3B SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
1 Tim Johnson 1408 1973 1979 283 27 13 18 9 0.223 0.274 0.265 0.539 MIL-TOT-TOR
2 Ben Revere 1400 2010 2013 371 31 14 96 27 0.285 0.324 0.330 0.654 MIN-PHI
3 Luis Gomez 1391 1974 1981 263 26 5 6 22 0.210 0.261 0.239 0.500 MIN-TOR-ATL
4 Mick Kelleher 1202 1972 1982 230 32 6 9 10 0.213 0.266 0.253 0.520 STL-HOU-CHC-DET-TOT
5 Marty Martinez 1038 1962 1972 230 19 11 7 8 0.243 0.296 0.287 0.583 MIN-ATL-HOU-TOT
6 Reggie Willits 1014 2006 2011 218 35 1 40 17 0.258 0.356 0.302 0.658 LAA
7 Bob Didier 837 1969 1974 172 25 4 2 3 0.229 0.286 0.273 0.559 ATL-DET-BOS
8 Craig Robinson 789 1972 1977 157 15 6 12 4 0.219 0.263 0.256 0.519 PHI-TOT-ATL
9 Larry Lintz 756 1973 1978 140 13 1 128 38 0.227 0.336 0.252 0.588 MON-TOT-OAK-CLE
10 Ed Crosby 750 1970 1976 149 22 4 1 7 0.220 0.282 0.264 0.547 STL-TOT-CLE

Those are some pretty horrendous baseball players.  Revere hits for the highest average among this group, but Reggie Willits has the best batting eye, giving him the strongest OBP on the list here.  What's particularly remarkable though about both Willits and Revere is that they are the only two on this list who played baseball after 1982.  They are truly the two biggest weaklings in baseball over the past three decades.

How does Revere stack up if we expand our scope beyond the expansion era and include all of baseball?  Revere has his work cut out for him.  Going back to 1871, which is as far as Baseball Reference goes, Revere needs another 1194 plate appearances before he tops the all-time list:

Player PA From To H 2B 3B SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
1 Dave Eggler 2593 1871 1885 697 85 31 46 22 0.274 0.288 0.332 0.619 NYU-PHI-ATH-CHC-TOT-BUF
2 Mike McGeary 2507 1871 1882 684 56 13 66 24 0.276 0.283 0.309 0.592 TRO-ATH-PHI-STL-PRO-TOT-CLV-DTN
3 Bill Holbert 2396 1876 1888 486 41 7 16 0.208 0.228 0.232 0.460 LOU-MLG-TOT-TRO-NYP-BRO
4 Tom Oliver 2073 1930 1933 534 101 11 12 19 0.277 0.316 0.340 0.656 BOS
5 Irv Hall 2052 1943 1946 496 58 19 16 23 0.261 0.302 0.311 0.613 PHA
6 Roxy Walters 1602 1915 1925 317 41 6 13 5 0.222 0.281 0.259 0.541 NYY-BOS-CLE
7 Pat Deasley 1519 1881 1888 358 37 9 7 0.244 0.271 0.282 0.552 BSN-STL-NYG-WHS
8 Jim Holdsworth 1492 1872 1884 432 38 22 8 7 0.291 0.295 0.346 0.641 TOT-PHI-NYU-HAR-TRO-IND
9 Jumbo Latham 1469 1875 1884 353 35 17 6 0 0.247 0.266 0.295 0.561 TOT-PHA-LOU
10 Paul Cook 1452 1884 1891 304 27 9 52 0.223 0.270 0.256 0.526 PHI-LOU-BWW-TOT
11 Tim Johnson 1408 1973 1979 283 27 13 18 9 0.223 0.274 0.265 0.539 MIL-TOT-TOR
12 Ben Revere 1400 2010 2013 371 31 14 96 27 0.285 0.324 0.330 0.654 MIN-PHI
13 Luis Gomez 1391 1974 1981 263 26 5 6 22 0.210 0.261 0.239 0.500 MIN-TOR-ATL
14 Charlie Babb 1376 1903 1905 287 41 13 66 0.243 0.339 0.300 0.639 NYG-BRO
15 Scott Hastings 1359 1871 1877 371 44 8 43 22 0.279 0.296 0.325 0.620 ROK-TOT-BAL-HAR-CHI-LOU-CIN

Again, though, look at Revere's company.  He's the only one on this list who played after 1981.  And he's only one of three players on the list who played after 1946.  Revere is playing a different game than his peers, a game that disappeared decades, even a century, ago.

The story here is not complete though, because Revere may eventually, somehow hit a home run.  If he does, what he's in the midst of right now will be nothing more than a homerless streak.  How does Revere compare in this regard?

Revere has a ways to go on this list as well.  Baseball Reference doesn't spit out streaks with plate appearances for some reason, so I had to use the rough estimate of AB+BB to rank these homerless streaks.  Revere needs another 315 AB+BB to crack the top 10 longest homerless streaks since 1961:

Rk Strk Start End Games AB+BB H 2B 3B Tm
1 Jerry Remy 8/22/1978 5/18/1984 583 2504 669 71 14 BOS
2 Al Newman 7/7/1986 10/3/1992 677 2187 444 65 7 MON-MIN-TEX
3 Duane Kuiper 8/30/1977 6/27/1985 685 2147 528 52 15 CLE-SFG
4 Rafael Belliard 5/6/1987 9/25/1997 722 1970 409 50 10 PIT-ATL
5 Ozzie Smith 9/5/1978 4/12/1982 452 1920 394 48 13 SDP-STL
6 Woody Woodward 9/11/1963 7/9/1970 593 1886 420 64 11 MLN-ATL-CIN
7 Jim Gantner 6/15/1987 9/2/1991 494 1866 482 78 13 MIL
8 Greg Gross 9/5/1973 7/5/1977 471 1846 483 54 23 HOU-CHC
9 Roger Metzger 6/4/1975 8/10/1980 535 1807 354 44 28 HOU-SFG
10 Don Kessinger 5/15/1966 9/3/1968 406 1715 407 30 15 CHC

Greg Gross makes the list here, though in his pre-Phillies days.  With another homerless season under his belt, Revere could be in the top 4 or 5 here.

One list Revere is at the top of is the list of active homerless streaks.

Rk Strk Start AB+BB H 2B 3B OPS Tm
1 Ben Revere 9/7/2010 1377 371 31 14 0.654 MIN-PHI
2 Paul Janish 9/6/2010 626 120 25 2 0.516 CIN-ATL
3 Willie Bloomquist 8/11/2011 603 169 28 7 0.698 ARI
4 Ruben Tejada 8/2/2012 450 97 23 0 0.561 NYM
5 Jemile Weeks 4/14/2012 466 92 14 8 0.595 OAK
6 Pete Kozma 4/3/2013 437 87 20 0 0.538 STL
7 John Baker 9/5/2009 425 83 11 1 0.557 FLA-SDP
8 Lou Marson 7/19/2011 373 70 11 2 0.598 CLE
9 Felix Pie 9/1/2010 303 63 14 4 0.565 BAL-PIT
10 Jamey Carroll 9/4/2012 303 67 12 0 0.567 MIN-KCR

That's some quality company that Revere is keeping.  As he does in this last list for you.  This is the list of longest homerless streaks to start a career.

Rk Strk Start End AB+BB H 2B 3B Tm
1 Tom Oliver 4/14/1930 8/29/1932 1681 453 89 10 BOS
2 Larry Bowa 4/7/1970 8/1/1972 1656 388 40 18 PHI
3 Irv Hall 4/20/1943 8/18/1945 1608 391 48 15 PHA
4 Greg Gross 9/5/1973 8/10/1976 1636 438 48 22 HOU
5 Emil Verban 4/18/1944 8/20/1946 1492 388 48 15 STL-PHI
6 Zeb Terry 4/12/1916 5/4/1921 1521 343 49 21 CHW-BSN-PIT-CHC
7 Duane Kuiper 9/9/1974 8/28/1977 1475 387 39 14 CLE
8 Ben Revere 9/7/2010 7/13/2013 1377 371 31 14 MIN-PHI
9 Gil Torres 4/18/1944 9/14/1946 1322 318 40 11 WSH
10 Alex Cole 7/27/1990 9/1/1993 1387 344 35 18 CLE-PIT-COL

As we already learned this off-season, with the Phillies, it all comes back to Larry Bowa.  With a healthy homerless season in 2014, Ben Revere could easily move to the top of this list, besting Bowa's and Tom Oliver's homerless start to their careers.  And even if he becomes Sammy "Big Mac" Bonds afterwards, he can't erase his name from this one.

So here's to homerless Ben - very possibly soon to be king among MLB weaklings!

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