Ben Revere hits first home run in 1,566th career plate appearance

David Brown
Big League Stew

The oddest part of Ben Revere's first major league home run was, it looked natural enough that he might be able to repeat it someday.

But will it take him 1,566 more plate appearances?

A diminutive outfielder with the Philadelphia Phillies who has a .331 career slugging percentage, Revere went deep on a 1-1 pitch against left-hander Boone Logan of the Colorado Rockies in the seventh inning Tuesday night. Not bad for someone listed at 5 foot 9 and 165 pounds.

Via, Revere said:

"When I got to second base, I didn't know what to do, especially when I got to third," Revere said. "It's past me. I'll try and get 400 more."

Four-hundred. Feet? Once he got back to the dugout, Revere briefly got the "silent treatment" from his joking teammates, who understood the significance, and rarity, of his drive.

Revere's home-run drought of 1,466 at-bats to start a career is the longest in major league history since Frank Taveras went 1,594 at-bats from 1972-1977 without going deep. (At-bats do not account for all plate appearances, which include results such as walks.)

As the Cespedes Family Barbecue blog notes, however, the first home run Taveras ever hit was inside the park. He actually went 3,216 plate appearances before hitting a ball over the fence. Revere destroyed that pace. In overall home run productivity, still Revere trails everyone else, essentially. Even pitcher Travis Wood of the Cubs has seven home runs since Revere made his major league debut in Sept. 7, 2010.

"Definitely good getting that monkey off your back," Revere said. "My game is mainly hit line drives and hit the ball on the ground. I get in a lot of trouble when I hit the ball in the air. We were hoping we would win the game, but it was a good feeling."

Revere's home run brought the Phillies within two runs at the time, but the Rockies won the game 6-2.

As for Revere's next home run, who knows? Revere is fast enough that he could go inside the park at any time. And the way baseball works, he might go over another fence today.

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