2015 Phillies Report Card: Ben Revere

Apparently it’s weepy nostalgia week here at Crashburn Alley. With Corinne writing up Cole Hamels on Wednesday, and Bill doing the same for Chase Utley‘s season and Cliff Lee‘s Phillies Career on Tuesday, I’ll take my turn today with Franchise Icon Ben Daniel Revere.

Ben Revere was received in a trade with Minnesota in December 2012, in exchange for pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May. He played two and a half remarkable seasons, including leading the whole National League in hits in 2014, and hitting three (3) home runs! That’s for all two and a half years, not just 2014. Though two of them (2!) were hit in 2014(!!!) He hit for far less power than almost anyone in team history. Or, if you wanted to look at it another way, he was a Franchise-Great Non-Power Hitter. Great!

Also, some of the time he turned his all-of-the-time wacky routes into amazing catches, far more than several other center fielders in club history. Aaron Rowand, for one. Also Lenny Dykstra. And Doug Glanville. And Garry Maddox. Also Richie Ashburn. Even Shane Victorino, for goodness sakes. Revere was more of an adventure than all of those notable center fielders. He will certainly be missed for that. Hard to replace, really. (Note: at this point in writing this post I took a minute to weep. Missin’ U, Benny).

View image | gettyimages.com – Ben almost made this rad catch!

But wait, why be sad when another thing Revere did better than most recent Phillies was be happy? There has been a dearth of happy around this club since 2012 (oddly enough the same year Jonathan Papelbon arrived, or maybe it was just because that was the same year the club became “bad” instead of “good”). Revere was a smiling face and a seemingly nice man, compared to all the grumps and “sourpusses” trolling the dugout. I’m looking at you, Ryan Howard, man whose smile is so poor it only got him more than half a decade of being featured in Subway commercials on television. But with the very pleasant veteran Jeff Francoeur in town in 2015, perhaps Revere’s franchise-best good nature was overshadowed by more experienced smiles from Francoeur. Fair enough, I suppose. Every team needs veteran leadership. Nevertheless, for my money, Revere will always be the Happiest Phillie, (non-Mike Sweeney Division).

Now, franchise talent or not, it’s easy to see why a team intent on rebuilding would look to gain back some value from a player with two years of team control remaining. With the emergence of Odubel Herrera, and with Revere putting together another dominant offensive season at 95 wRC+ and an amazingly goofy defensive campaign and (actually) decent base running to get him to 1.5 fWAR, it’s little surprise that the club sought to move this pillar of the city, this mountain of a (still quite small) man.

And so it was, on July 31, in The Year Of Our Lord 2015, the Phils chose to send away the most entertaining player they could offer the public, in exchange for a couple live-armed minor league relievers in Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado. Those young men have some big shoes to fill, for sure. Especially since they probably don’t even slap tons of singles, or make circuitous routes to outstanding diving grabs sometimes, or even smile extra super nice.

Grade: B, for Ben!!! Good Luck, Ben! I think you’ll do just fine!

View image | gettyimages.com – Holy hell, Ben actually made this rad catch! Ryan Madson, notable non-smiler, looks on.

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  1. Romus

    November 06, 2015 08:34 AM

    Two ex-Phils in the ALCS pix…Happy Ben and MadDog
    Good work BEng.

    • Brad Engler

      November 06, 2015 09:12 AM

      That was a freaking great catch.

  2. Francisco (FC)

    November 06, 2015 10:25 AM

    Goodness Gracious, just how high is he off the earth? It’s like he’s floating a la Cocoon to make that catch.

    • Brad Engler

      November 06, 2015 11:01 AM

      Obviously perspective is bad, but Ryan Madson is standing on a mound behind him and Revere’s head is still a foot above his. I, personally, cannot jump that high.

      • Romus

        November 06, 2015 01:37 PM

        I do think he cut his elbow on that play and it bled, and the trainers had to do some patch work.

  3. Chris

    November 06, 2015 01:20 PM

    Will go down as one of the most overrated Phillies ever. Everyone will remember his catch in the playoffs, but fail to realize how many times he failed in the clutch (including in the 9th when all the needed was a ball in play, and he struck out.)

    Remember, it only took a rule 5 player who never got pass AA to get Revere’s production plus much, much more.

    • Romus

      November 06, 2015 01:39 PM

      Chris….Tuesday Rawlings Gold Glove awards are announced. Look for the Rule 5 player you referred to, to be in the top three running IMO. No way he wins it……lack of a body of work……but he should be right there with Pollock and Hamilton.

      • Romus

        November 07, 2015 06:58 AM

        Shawn,,,just goes to show metrics may not really be a big part of the equation:
        By the metrics he is right up there with the best in the NL and in MLB.
        Surprise…Andrew McCutcheon’s poor metrics, other then fldgpct of .994, all others were negative…..but he has the reputation and the bat and an All-Star.

        SDI: Hamilton-8.0, Herrera-7.3, AJ Pollock-5.4
        dWAR: AJ Pollock-1.8, Herrera-1.3, Hamilton-1.1
        UZR: Hamilton-14.5, Herrera-9.9, AJ Pollock-6.5
        DRS: AJ Pollock-14, Herrera-10, Hamilton-8…..FanGrStandards-+15=Gold Glove…+10=Great…+5=Average

        Basic measurements:
        OHerrera-IPed-CF-1065…Asst-5 …Err-5…FldgPct-.986 (push)
        AJPollock-IPed-CF-1304..Asst-5….Err-3…FldgPct-..992(+..006)
        BHamilton- IPed-CF-976 ,,Asst-8…Err-0…FldgPct-1.000(+.014)

    • Pierre

      November 06, 2015 02:33 PM

      That’s funny, because I thought he was the most underrated Philly. Most Philly fans over 9 years old seemed to hate him.

    • Brad Engler

      November 06, 2015 08:16 PM

      It “only” took arguably the best rookie Rule 5 season in history. This wasn’t Michael Martinez. Herrera was a multi-win player in 2015. And they were looking to move veterans who aren’t part of the future. Revere was never going to be a long-term solution in CF through the next contending team.

    • ASK

      November 10, 2015 05:51 AM

      Are you the same Chris who spent last off-season and the first few months of the past season insisting that Revere could only start for a team like the Phillies and not for a good / playoff team?

      • Chris

        November 10, 2015 01:28 PM

        Is it ironic that they havent offered him arbitration yet and that they are looking to trade him already? Here’s a nice article about him and his defense being below average.

        jaysjournal.com/2015/10/28/blue-jays-2015-year-review-ben-revere/

        His failures in the playoffs, especially late in close spots, cost them games. Nice guy, good teammate, good singles hitter. The guy who he replaced in the OF had an OPS+ of 134 for the year. Ben Revere had a 97. The trade was a downgrade and it wound up biting them in the tail in the playoffs.

  4. 100Bucks

    November 07, 2015 09:19 AM

    Brad Engler struck the perfect tone in this article; fun but with accurate facts. Kudos!

    • Brad Engler

      November 07, 2015 10:31 AM

      Thanks!

  5. 100Bucks

    November 07, 2015 09:28 AM

    I was not a Revere fan, but he won me over. Honestly I would rather keep him than Francoeur – who I have nothing against, but he is not getting any better. Ben Revere improved mightily this past year. He fielded better, he walked more, he started hitting more doubles, and he still hit .306. I said it before, I would not be surprised to see Ben as one of the league leaders in Batting Average over the next few seasons. He has 5 prime years left and he keeps improving and getting smarter.
    IMO the trade of Revere was not a good one.

    • Michael C Lorah

      November 09, 2015 08:57 AM

      While in a vacuum, yes, I like Revere more than Francouer, I liked trading Ben for a couple reasons – 1. He was the only outfielder on the MLB roster with any trade value. Frenchy would not have netted two minor league relievers with any upside. 2. Speed ages. By the time the Phillies are good again, who knows how much life is left in Ben’s legs.

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