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).
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!