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Ben Revere Can’t Wait to Get That Good Philly Cheesecake

Kyle Scott - March 27, 2013

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Ben Revere needs help. 

First he went to Chickie’s and Pete’s for a Philly – chicken – cheesesteak.

Now he wants to get his hands on one of them Philly cheesecakes

C. For cake.

Oh no.

Speaking to Doug Glanville during the Phillies-Tigers game on ESPN today, this happened: 

Glanville: What are you most looking forward to getting to Philadelphia?

Revere: I guess the cheesecake. I didn’t really have the great cheesecake my first attempt up there. I had a couple of Philly fans get on me about that.

Glanville: They’re going to get on you because it’s a steak, cheesesteak.They’re gonna jump on you for the cake part. But no, that’s exciting, though.

 

Here, I’m going to give some advice to marketers for the original Philly cheesesteak joints: BRING BEN REVERE IN THIS WEEKEND, WITH TV CAMERAS, AND GIVE HIM THE FATTEST, JUICIEST, WHIZ-WITIEST CHEESESTEAK YOU CAN SLAP TOGETHER AND MAKE HIM EAT IT LIKE A CHAMP AND DRIP JUICES ALL OVER HIS SHIRT. 

And then give him another one.

Spring Training, literally, can't end soon enough.

Video after the jump.

H/T to the entire intertube

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I’m Convinced This Crazed Animatronic Caroler was Trying to Kill Ben Revere as He Met with Reporters Last Night

Kyle Scott - December 14, 2012

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This is what nightmares are made of, kids

I was looking forward to hearing what Ben Revere had to say when he met with reporters at Citizens Bank Park yesterday. But instead of putting him up on a podium (a move that would have been overboard for a 24-year-old making the league minimum), the Phillies had scriptuals gather around Revere, who could be found standing in front of a holiday backdrop in the Phillies’ clubhouse spreading Christmasy cheer for all to hear.

Of course, it was hard to concentrate on what Revere was saying… because a crazed animatronic caroler, a bit too near, kept trying to stick a candle in Revere’s right ear.

Eat that, Dr. Seuss.

Here's video of Revere’s presser and two videos from his appearance on Daily News Live. All moving images courtesy of Comcast SportsNet-NBC-Yahoo!-whateverthefuck and whoever else has a hand in that pot. Just click the link… after this dot .

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Ben Revere Comes to Philly, Orders Chicken Cheesesteak Hoagie, Gets Blown Up on Twitter

Kyle Scott - December 13, 2012

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As we all recover from the news of Josh Hamilton signing elsewhere, let’s check in on one of our offseason acquisitions: Ben Revere.

Revere rode into Philly today, by plane: 

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He has a press conference at 4 p.m. and will be on Daily News Live at 5 p.m. But first, our new center fielder stopped off for some Philly-style grub at Chickie’s and Pete’s:

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Crab fries. Good call. 

Next up, cheesesteak. Has got to be a cheesesteak. 

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Cheesesteak. Nice. 

Wait. No.

No complaints on the eatery, but that’s not a cheesesteak. It’s a chicken cheesesteak. With lettuce. And tomato.  

Besides alerting him to every. single. sandwich. place. in the city, the interwebs were quick to point out everything that was wrong with Revere’s order:

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Here’s What Ruben Amaro Had to Say About Josh Hamilton, Ben Revere and Markets Today

Kyle Scott - December 7, 2012

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Is that longways or around?

Both.

Ruben Amaro was on the WIP Morning Show today and he actually gave some insight into the Phillies’ offseason plans… without saying a whole lot of anything.

On Ben Revere: Rube said Sandy Alomar Jr. in Cleveland thanked him for getting the pain in the ass out of their division. “Pain in the ass” is perhaps the greatest compliment you can pay a speedy center fielder. There were years earlier in this millennium (that’s fun to write, and I like writing fun things) when I wanted to kill Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo for being those sorts of players.

“Did we overpay for the guy? I don’t know, maybe we did. But we felt like this is a very specific need. And I guess the philosophy is, if we are going to give up a fourth or fifth starter to get an everyday player in the Major Leagues, particularly at a premium position, then I would do it every time.”

On Josh Hamilton: “To have power on the club, there’s an overpayment that’s drastic. There aren’t very many guys out there other than B.J. Upton and Josh Hamilton, really, who have power. And you’re talking about going to stratospheres economically that I don’t know are the right thing for us to do. In Hamilton’s case, he’s the best player out there, there’s no question. But the commitment to bring him here may not be right for us. And that’s the issue.” 

“The only thing I can tell you right now is were trying to piece together a couple more of those needs (power, third base, setup man), and the other piece on that is that I’d like to go shorter on contracts rather than longer.”

My take: Amaro brought Hamilton’s name up first, which isn’t a great sign – since Rube prefers to hunt by lying in the weeds, waiting, watching, showing off his manhood – but then he talked about how Hamilton was the only true impact player out there and how he’s willing to overspend for guys like that. Since the Mariners are in talks with Hamilton for a three-year, $75 million deal (reportedly), you can take a little leap to the conclusion that the Phillies would absolutely be players for Hamilton. Rube made it clear they want to add a run producer, and if the Mariners are the only real competition for perhaps the best run producer in baseball, then it’s silly to think that the Phillies aren’t very seriously trying to get Hamilton, and doing it in a way that fulfills the predatory instincts of the Big Poker. 

On the market: “It was a scary market from the beginning because we didn’t feel like it was a very strong market, and yet there was the sense all of a sudden there was the influx of money (from TV contracts). So that’s a bad combo platter for the industry as far as how the markets are going to shift. And it shifted. You either got to play in it or you try to be creative and work around it, which is what were trying to do on a couple different fronts.”

I could listen to Rube talk about markets for hours and hours. Combo platter? Yes, I’ll have that, with a side of soup, Rube. This, from the guy who flings pools of cash onto negotiating tables with his massive manhood. Of course, in retrospect, the total dollars given to Halladay, Lee, Hamels and, yes, Howard are not out of line with the market

On trading Cliff Lee: Amaro said he never considered trading Lee, because if the Phillies have a chance of winning the World Series next year, Amaro says, it’s with the Big 3. He added that if there’s one guy who can reinvent himself after losing some stuff, it’s Roy Halladay, who will start throwing off a mound this month.

Rube also talked about why he’s really the only accessible GM in the town– said he grew up here, understands that fans are nuts and want to be involved in process, respects that… while saying almost nothing of use. 

Tell me lies, Rube. Tell me sweet little lies. 

Audio after the jump.

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A Scouting Report on Ben Revere, Who You Never Heard of Before Today

Kyle Scott - December 6, 2012

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So, after reading some reports and watching some video, here’s the scouting report on Ben Revere:

Contact hitting: Good. He batted .297 and only struck out 47 times in 511 at-bats last season. But, as pointed out by Corey Seidman of CSN, he hits ground balls 66% of the time, which is historically bad (though his speed is a mitigating factor which we’ll get to in a second).

Yes, he bats left-handed. But he hit .314 against lefties vs. .284 against righties in 2012. So that’s not much of an issue.

My take: For years now the Phillies have needed a fast, contact hitter. Revere is that. He’s also only 24 and will likely improve in all facets of the game. The ground ball rate is troubling, but he still batted .297 and his BABIP (average on balls put in-play), though a bit higher than the norm of .290-.310, .325, isn’t extreme by any measure. He’s not a true .300 hitter yet. But again, he’s 24.

 

Power hitting: Non-existent. He didn’t hit a home run with the Twins. He’ll likely bulk up a bit and square up a few balls at CBP, but don’t expect him to hit home runs or drive in runners at any substantial rate.

My take: It’s not his role.

 

Speed: Amazing. He stole 40 bases last season and was only thrown out nine times. Compare that to Juan Pierre at age 24– he led the league by being thrown out 20 times (he led the league four-straight seasons). Last year, Pierre stole 37 bases and only got caught seven times. Like a fine wine, he got better with age. Michael Bourn? Caught 13 times last year, leading the league. So Revere is not only fast, but he’s also a smart baserunner. And some of those ground balls will turn into hits.

He’s blinding fast. His 60-yard dash time, a metric used by pro scouts, is among the fastest ever. Plus he has the endorsement of Kevin Frandsen, which is all that really matters:

My take: You won’t find a faster player, and – surprise! – he’s a smart baserunner, too. Perfect for the top of the order. Something the Phillies need since Chase Utley has no knees, Ryan Howard is fat again, Carlos Ruiz won’t be on Adderall and I Don’t Know’s on third.

 

Fielding: To steal a line from the great Peter Laviolette, pretty fucking good. He didn’t make an error in 2012. He’s fast enough to get to balls and he catches them. There’s more to it than that, but on the surface, he’s above average in center field. He had the play of the year in 2011 (seen in our Winter Meetings Running Commentary) and is nominated for play of the year in 2012.

My take: Status quo. Shane Victorino was outstanding, and I actually thought John Mayberry tracked the ball very well. Marginal gain, maybe more.

 

Arm: Not good. This article says he has one of the weakest arms in baseball. Here’s what the Twins GM had to say about him before the start of last season:

"I like Ben. I like Benny a lot. His arm strength is not going to hold him from making this ball club. Don't worry about that. He's got other attributes that he provides for this club besides worrying about his arm so much. There's a lot of guys in the major leagues that had pretty good careers that don't necessarily throw well."

 

That said, he covers more ground than most fielders, so it makes up for it a bit… until he tries to throw out a runner tagging up from third. Oh.

My take: Three out of five tools ain’t bad. 

 

A YouTube highlight video of Revere, which will undoubtedly disappear in about 10 minutes, and a video of him talking about being traded to the Phillies, after the jump.

H/T to Vince on the Facebook page

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Ben Revere is Almost Identical to 24-year-old Juan Pierre

Kyle Scott - December 6, 2012

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The consensus on Twitter is that Revere, 24, is a young Juan Pierre-Michael Bourn type player.

Let’s compare.

Revere in 2012: .294 AVG, .333 OBP, .675 OPS, 0 HR, 32 RBI, 40 SB, sweet fucking hat tilt.

Pierre in 2012: .307 AVG, .351 OBP, .721 OPS, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 37 SB, sweet fucking hat tilt.

Pierre at age 24, in 2002: .287 AVG, .332 OBP, .675 OPS, 1 HR, 35 RBI, 47 SB, sweet fucking hat tilt.

Bourn in 2012: .274 AVG, .348 OBP, .739 OPS, 9 HR, 57 RBI, 42 SB, no fucking hat tilt.

Bourn at age 24, in 2007 (limited time with the Phillies): .277 AVG, .348 OBP, .727 OPS, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 18 SB, no fucking hat tilt

Revere has the worst OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of anyone here. His on-base percentage is a bit lower than the others’, but what’s holding him back is his power. He has none. He hasn’t hit a home run in over two seasons with the Twins. But, check out Revere compared to 24-year-old Juan Pierre, from 2002– they’re almost identical. Here, I put them side-by-side:

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No, their stats, silly:

Revere in 2012: .294 AVG, .333 OBP, .675 OPS, 0 HR, 32 RBI, 40 SB, sweet fucking hat tilt.

Pierre at age 24: .287 AVG, .332 OBP, .675 OPS, 1 HR, 35 RBI, 47 SB, sweet fucking hat tilt.

That’s a good sign. Pierre finished in top 10 in MVP voting the next season, led the league in steals (also, caught stealing), at-bats, and the Marlins won the World Series. 

This post also appears in our Winter Meetings Running Commentary.

Report: Phillies Trade Vance Worley for Ben Revere

Kyle Scott - December 6, 2012

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And center field is filled. 

Todd Zolecki is reporting that the Phillies have acquired Ben Revere from the Twins. 

Danny Knobler is reporting that Vance Worley is in deal.

Scott Miller of CBS Sports reports that Twins get Worley and a "good" minor league pitcher. UPDATE: Trevor May.

Revere is only 24 and has played in 254 games in three seasons with the Twins. He batted .294 last season with no home runs and 32 RBIs. But, batting mostly second in the lineup and some leadoff, he stole 40 bases. He bats left and throws right, was the Twins first round pick in 2007, and is under contract until 2018 (arbitration eligible in 2014). He made the league minimum last year.

I’m not terribly familiar with Revere (like, at all), but it seems as though he has a high upside and, quite frankly, is the type of player the Phillies could use– young, inexpensive, fast.

Trading Worley and May, who was highly thought of, for Revere is a lot. But count me as someone who thought Worley peaked early, sort of like J.A. Happ. 

Last year (2011), we detailed some reasons why Worley was pitching well over his head– his stuff, location and consistency weren’t parallel to his success. That became all the more apparent after an injury-plagued second season. The Phillies are selling high on Worley, and that’s a good thing. 

Also like Happ, Worley was working out at Citizens Bank Park when Amaro told him about the trade, Worley told Jim Bowden on XM. Ouch. That seems to be a thing for the Phillies– shooting their starting pitchers while they jog around the warning track at CBP.

This post also appears in our Winter Meetings Running Commentary.