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  1. I am proud to say that I picked Carroll in FG The Game as my 2B, 3B, and SS on the day he hit that HR :)

    Comment by Chippchipp — September 4, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

  2. I’m pretty sure you’re not allowed by the law of the internet to GIF Ben Revere without showing his triple with the somersault between 2nd and 3rd. Because that is just awesome.

    Comment by okobojicat — September 4, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

  3. In the list of one home run major leaguers, how could you forget the very esteemed GIants play-by-play guy and Joe Posnanski favorite, Duane Kuiper?

    Comment by Jack — September 4, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

  4. Hits a home run > worth $6 the following day.

    Comment by Bradley Woodrum — September 4, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

  5. Ben Revere ranks 6th in career fWAR (at 4.5) among non-pitchers with zero career HRs. Ahead of him:
    –Mike McGeary (1871-1882, 10.1 WAR)
    –Charlie Babb (1903-1905, 7.1 WAR)
    –Tex Wisterzil (1914-1915, 5.8 WAR)
    –Dave Eggler (1872-1877/1879/1883-1885, 5.5 WAR)
    –Red Shannon (1915/1917-1921/1926, 4.5 WAR)

    Comment by JohnChoiniere — September 4, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

  6. Its nice to know that when Juan Pierre (finally) retires, we will have Ben Revere to fall back on as the powerless wimp that we all pick on.

    Comment by Keystone Heavy — September 4, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

  7. Re: Ben Revere hitting a homer in batting practice

    Yes, he can do it. I’m an usher at Target Field and I’ve seen him do it about 3-4 times this season. Granted, that means I’ve only witnessed a Revere BP homer 3-4 times out of ~40 games this season.

    Revere’s swing simply isn’t designed to hit fly balls. He has a sharp downward hack, but as you mentioned, Jason Tyner once hit one out. Hell, Emmanuel Burriss and Tony Campana have homers themselves (look at their SLG!), though I’m pretty sure Campana’s was an ITP HR.

    Comment by Bryz — September 4, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

  8. If Rafael Belliard (generously listed at 5’6″, 160 lbs) can hit 2 homers in a mere 2500 PAs, I’m sure Revere will manage one or two so long as he plays for several more years.

    Comment by TKDC — September 4, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

  9. HOF with no HRs…I can only hope

    Comment by adohaj — September 5, 2012 @ 1:41 am

  10. Some notes on other players not mentioned:

    Alex Cole (you may remember him with Cleveland about 20 years ago) hit his first MLB home run in his 434th career game.

    Joey Cora didn’t hit his first homer until his 288th career game, but finished with 30 career homers even breaking double digits one year.

    Comment by Detroit Michael — September 5, 2012 @ 7:36 am

  11. You missed Chris Getz. He is at 1025 plate apperances without a home run, which is more than Willits’s 1014.

    Comment by ecp — September 5, 2012 @ 11:49 am

  12. “If Ben Revere’s odds aren’t 0%, then as you increase the sample of plate appearances, you increase the odds of a homer.”

    That’s not how it works.

    Comment by MDL — September 5, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

  13. I think he meant that as the sample size of plate appearance goes up, the total odds of hitting a home run in that sample increases.

    Like if a player has a 1% chance of hitting a home run in any given at bat, the odds of him hitting a HR in a 100 PA sample is higher than in a 10 PA sample.

    Comment by Fletch — September 5, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

  14. Revere doesn’t have complete noodle of a throwing arm. Not a rocket launcher, but not a noodle.

    Comment by AA — September 5, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

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