Dave Revering

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Dave Revering
First baseman
Born: (1953-02-12) February 12, 1953 (age 61)
Roseville, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 8, 1978 for the Oakland A's
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1982 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
Batting average .265
Home runs 62
Runs batted in 234
Teams

David Alvin Revering (born February 12, 1953), is a former Major League Baseball first baseman from 1978-1982. Revering graduated from Bella Vista High School. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh round of the 1971 Major League Baseball Draft.

Trade to A's[edit]

Revering developed into a top prospect for the Reds, hitting as many as 29 home runs and driving in 110 runs for Indianapolis Indians in 1977. On December 9, 1977, the Reds announced a deal in which they would acquire disgruntled Cy Young Award winning pitcher Vida Blue from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Revering and $1.75 million. However, commissioner Bowie Kuhn vetoed the deal.[1] A new deal was struck on February 25, 1978 in which the Reds sent Revering and cash to Oakland for Doug Bair.

Oakland A's[edit]

Upon his acquisition, Revering immediately assumed first base duties for the A's, batting .271 with sixteen home runs and 46 runs batted in his rookie season. The A's lost 108 games in 1979, however, Revering emerged as something of a star for the lowly club, hitting nineteen home runs and driving in 77 (both career highs) while batting .288.

For his career in Oakland, Revering batted .279 with 52 home runs and 195 RBIs. On May 20, 1981, he, Mike Patterson and minor leaguer Chuck Dougherty were traded to the New York Yankees for Jim Spencer and Tom Underwood.[2]

New York Yankees[edit]

Revering assumed Jim Spencer's job of backing up Bob Watson at first base. He batted .235 with two home runs and seven RBIs seeing limited action during the strike shortened season, however, he did make the post-season for the only time in his career. He made two appearances in the 1981 American League Division Series as a late inning defensive replacement, but did not have an at-bat.[3] He logged two at-bats in the 1981 American League Championship Series against the A's, collecting a single in the Yankees' 13-3 game two victory.[4] Though the Yankees reached the 1981 World Series, Revering did not make an appearance.[5]

1982[edit]

A month into the 1982 season, the Yankees dealt Revering to the Toronto Blue Jays with minor leaguers Tom Dodd and Jeff Reynolds for John Mayberry.[6] The Jays released him on August 2. Shortly afterwards, he signed with the Seattle Mariners, however he was released at the end of the season. He joined the Detroit Tigers for Spring training 1983,[7] but did not make the club. He was offered a minor league assignment, but chose to retire instead.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kuhn's Decision on Blue May Go Against Finley". The Prescott Courier. January 25, 1978. 
  2. ^ "Yanks Finally Trade Jim Spencer; Get A's Dave Revering". Observer-Reporter. May 21, 1981. 
  3. ^ "1981 American League Division Series". Baseball-Reference.com. October 7–11, 1981. 
  4. ^ "1981 American League Championship Series, Game Two". Baseball-Reference.com. October 14, 1981. 
  5. ^ "1981 World Series". Baseball-Reference.com. October 20–28, 1981. 
  6. ^ "Yanks Trade for Mayberry". The Modesto Bee. May 6, 1982. 
  7. ^ "Tigers Obtain Revering". Lakeland Ledger. February 22, 1983. 
  8. ^ "Twins Tame Tigers". The Windsor Star. March 30, 1983.