Leaderboarding: The Ben Revere Club
Phillies center fielder Ben Revere homered for the first time in his career Tuesday night. Let's take a look at some of his company in baseball history.
Good to see him finally cracking a smile once he crossed home plate. That's pretty cool.
Anyway, let's go to the Leaderboarding machine here for some fun with numbers and history.
There are 19 players in MLB history with more at-bats than Revere (1,467) and either one or zero career homers. Here they are, sorted by most at-bats.
|The Ben Revere Club|
Reference: Baseball-reference.com play index
How about the active players -- including those players still hanging on in the minors but excluding pitchers -- with at least 200 MLB at-bats and no more than one homer? Revere tops the list here in at-bats by more than double. Each of these players has exactly one career homer, so we'll just list the player name and number of at-bats:
1. Revere, 1467
2. Emmanuel Burriss, 720
3. Tony Campana, 413
4. Jerry Owens, 393
5. Munenori Kawasaki, 356
6. Joe Thurston, 337
7. Steve Clevenger, 300
8. Henry Mateo, 257
9. Andrew Romine, 252
10. Elian Herrera, 243
Off the top of my head, I know at least Campana's was an inside-the-park job, too.
This should all put in perspective just how long Revere's drought was and how special that home run Tuesday night had to have been to him.