Friday, February 12, 2016

Phillies' zero hero

Phillies without homers.

Phillies' zero hero

Newly acquired Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Ben Revere talks during an MLB baseball media availability at Citizen´s Bank Park, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)
Newly acquired Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Ben Revere talks during an MLB baseball media availability at Citizen's Bank Park, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)

American patriot Paul Revere (“One, if by bunt, and two, if by steal”) has as many major league home runs to his credit as new Phillies centerfielder Ben Revere. But then, so do a lot of other people.

In 1,064 career plate appearances, Revere (Ben) has nary a dinger to proclaim. That is the most PAs among all active homerless players and the fifth-most in the expansion era (since 1961).

But it’s not like he will be the first Phillie without any pop in his bat. Here are the players (pitchers and non-pitchers) with the most career PAs for the Phils and no homers to show for it since integration in 1947. (*Denotes current Phillies.)

 PITCHER  Seasons  PA  HR
 Chris Short
 1959-72  785  0
 Curt Schilling
 1992-00  594  0
 Dick Ruthven
 1975, '78-83
 465  0
 Brett Myers
 2002-09  410  0
 Shane Rawley
 1984-88  343  0
 Bruce Ruffin
 1986-91  301  0
 Jamie Moyer
 2006-10  269  0
 Ken Heintzelman
 1947-52  266  0
 *Kyle Kendrick
 2007-12  253  0
 John Denny
 1982-85  246  0
 *Roy Halladay
 2010-12  244  0
 Emil Verban
 1947-48  765  0
 Sparky Anderson
 1959  527  0
 Stan Javier
 1992  313  0
 Lee Handley
 1947  306  0
 Wally Backman
 1991-92  275  0
 Don Padgett
 1947-48  254  0
 Bud Harrelson
 1978-79  214  0
 Rod Booker
 1990-91  204  0
 Harvey Kuenn
 1966  176  0
 Craig Robinson
 1972-73  164  0
 Pete Orr
 2011-12  161  0

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