Phillies’ Ben Revere Holds “Saddest” MLB Record

1,400 at-bats without a home run. reports that the Phillies’ Ben Revere now holds the “saddest” record in Major League Baseball: “Ben Revere didn’t hit a home run Tuesday night. That’s nothing new: Ben Revere hasn’t hit a home run since May 30, 2011, when he was with Triple-A Rochester, and he has never hit one in the major leagues. Still, Revere’s failure to hit a round-tripper Tuesday night made the record books, as he’s now reached 1,410 career plate appearances without one. Since 1947, no hitter (pitchers excluded) has stepped to the plate that many times in his career without hitting a single homer.”

Any good news for the youngster? He’s fast enough that he could hit an inside-the-park home run someday.

“Revere won’t turn 26 until May and is plenty valuable thanks to his speed, solid averages (.285 career with his yearly marks improving each season thus far), and strong play in centerfield. Given his youth and the number of opportunities he will receive as the Phillies’ leadoff hitter, chances are Revere will eventually hit a home run, whether or not it comes on a ball that actually clears the fence.”

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  • tsarstruck

    Strong play in centerfield? Ha.

  • rickradio11

    This record is wrong. Duane Kuiper of the Cleveland Indians had 1497 plate appearances before his first career HR on August 29, 1977 against the Chicago White Sox–pitcher Steve Stone–1 out HR in the bottom of the 1st. Kuiper went on for the rest of his career without a HR–almost 2400 more plate appearances. Kuiper finished his career with 1 HR in 3754 plate appearances. Over and out.