Before I being another trip down memory road, I have a confession to make. I thought I was a massive Jays fan. I thought I could name every player who ever donned the blue bird on their chest. Though it breaks my heart a little, I’m not ashamed to admit it: I was wrong. I have never heard of Dave Revering.
Today’s edition of Blast From the Past comes at the request of one of 500 Level Fan’s dedicated followers, and future groom, Professor Sauny. In his email to firstname.lastname@example.org, Sauny asked for a profile on a man he believes is a true baseball coward, Dave Revering. At first I ignored it, but after a bit of research I determined that Mr. Revering was indeed an actual player for our Toronto Blue Jays.
But not recognizing the name can not be viewed as a huge miss. Revering was a member of the Jays for only a portion of the 1982 season. In and out faster than you can spell his last name.
He was drafted in the 7th round of the 1971 draft by the Cincinnati Reds, and toiled in the minor leagues until 1977. It was at that time that Revering made his greatest impact on the game.
The Oakland A’s were a powerhouse in the early to mid-’70’s, winning three straight World Series titles from 1972-1974, and five straight AL West division titles from 1971-1975. However, the A’s lost star pitcher Catfish Hunter to free agency in 1976, so angering flamboyant owner Charlie Finley that he decided to destroy his own team. Unfortunately for him, several trades were vetoed by baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn, using the “best interests in baseball” act. One such trade would have seen all star pitcher Vida Blue traded to Cincinnati for $1.75 million and Dave Revering.
He eventually was traded to Oakland, and actually had three productive years there (1978-1980). But then the wheels came off. In 1981 he was traded to the Yankees, then in ’82 he was sent with Jeff Reynolds and Tom Dodd to the Jays for John Mayberry.
The ’82 Jays finished 6th in the AL East with a record of 78-84, and they did it with very little assistance from Revering. Splitting time at DH with such notable Blue Jay legends Wayne Nordhagen, Glenn Adams, and Otto Velez, Revering took part in 55 games. His stats were quite poor for a designated hitter: .215 average, .691 OPS, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 0 SB and 3 caught stealing.
Toronto released him mid-season. He was picked up by Seattle, stunk badly for 29 more games, then was promptly released again, ending his major league career in futility. Though he made very little impact on the fans, on the team, and on the city of Toronto, Dave Revering still deserves to be recognized for his contribution to Blue Jays history.
For that, 500 Level Fan salutes you Dave Revering.
Dave Revering: Career Major League Statistics
5 seasons (1978 – 1982)
4 teams (OAK, NYY, TOR, SEA)
.265 average, 62 HR, 234 RBI, 205 R, 2 SB, .748 OPS
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