Sunday, April 19, 2015

How High For Ben

Ben Revere's batting average keeps rising.

How High For Ben

As of Tuesday morning, Ben Revere's .315 batting average would be 15th among all Phillies that have qualified for a batting title in the expansion era. And a couple of those higher averages came during the 1981 strike-shortened season (*).

Here are all qualifying batters that hit .310 or better for the Phillies since 1961:

 Player  Year  Avg.  
 Tony Gonzalez  1967  .339
 Bobby Abreu  1999  .335
 Chase Utley  2007  .332
 Pete Rose  1979  .331
 Garry Maddox  1976  .330
 Doug Glanville  1999  .325
 Lenny Dykstra  1990  .325
 Pete Rose  1981*   .325
 John Kruk  1992  .323
 Dick Allen  1964  .318
 Dick Allen  1966  .317
 Bobby Abreu  2000  .316
 John Kruk  1993  .316
 Mike Schmidt  1981*  .316
 Ben Revere  2014  .315
 Ryan Howard  2006  .313
 Mike Lieberthal    2003  .313
 Bobby Abreu  1998  .312
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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