Angelo Cataldi: Ben Revere not good enough to lead off, play centerfield

Ben Revere is a spark offensively, and can make dynamic plays in centerfield. Credit: Getty Images
Ben Revere can sometimes be a spark offensively and can make dynamic plays in centerfield. Credit: Getty Images

When Ruben Amaro Jr.’s tenure ends — probably at the end of this season — the one player who personifies the extraordinary failure of the Phillies GM will be Ben Revere, an outfielder who cannot throw and a leadoff hitter who cannot walk.

Revere is a terrible baseball player. No team will ever win with Revere in centerfield or at the top of a lineup. If there were any doubts remaining about his shortcomings, they were removed on back-to-back nights last week so horrific, they earned him a seat on the bench.

With the score tied in the 10th inning last Tuesday night, Revere uncorked a throw intended to cut down the winning run at home. No more than 250 feet from the target, Revere pop-gunned the ball onto the infield grass closer to first base than the plate. The next night, Revere misplayed a long fly ball into a triple that led to the unraveling of the Phils in a 10-0 loss.

When Amaro traded for Revere, the GM gushed about the young outfielder’s defense. Now the only question is, whom was Amaro lying to — us or himself? As for Revere’s leadoff talents, well, how does three walks in 129 at bats sound to you? Or no doubles — not one — in the first six weeks of the season?

Ben Revere is one of those players with speed, youth (26), and a good attitude who are especially tempting to talent evaluators who have no idea how to evaluate talent. Yes, Amaro gave up the equally useless Vance Worley in the Revere trade, but that doesn’t excuse the awful decision to turn over centerfield to a player so lacking in basic skills.

Ryne Sandberg benched Revere for two games after the second fiasco, and it is hardly a secret that the Phils manager actually prefers journeyman Tony Gywnn Jr. Sandberg realizes Ben Revere is the kind of player who gets managers fired — and, hopefully, GMs, too.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

US military tried, but failed to rescue journalist…

The U.S. military earlier this year tried to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria ,but failed to find the captives.

National

Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of…

A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia.

Local

After Eric Garner death, religious leaders meet to…

Interfaith leaders convened with city officials to discuss what the community can do to help dial down heightened tensions after Eric Garner's death.

Local

'Suspicious' Hamilton Heights fire caused by power strip:…

An extension cord overload caused the deadly fire in Hamilton Heights late Monday that killed a 15-year-old girl and injured at least 12 others.

Television

'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Season…

And then there were six. It was a big night on stage as the Top 6 got to dance with each other, All-star partners and perform a solo routine.

Going Out

5 things to do in NYC this weekend…

FILM Lebowski Fest Aug. 22-23, 8 p.m. Various locations, Manhattan $20-$30, www.lebowskifest.com The Dude abides — for 48 hours to celebrate the 1998 Coen brothers classic.…

Television

'Doctor Who' personality profile: the 4 Doctors

When the time comes for a new Doctor, there's always some anxiety over the big question: Who will he be? The series owes its longevity…

Television

Billy Crystal to commemorate late actor Robin Williams…

  Comedian Billy Crystal will pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams at television's Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, the show's organizers said on…

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

NFL

Jalen Saunders still unsure what caused car accident…

Jets rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since his car accident, but he didn't say a whole lot.

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL defense (DEF)

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL quarterbacks (QB)

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Wellbeing

Metabolic syndrome could have a sugar link

Scientists in St. Louis may have found another culprit in metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Uric acid is…

Wellbeing

Another way stress hurts your unborn baby

Mothers know to try staying calm during pregnancy, as stress has been linked to behavioral and developmental problems for their babies. But now, a new…