As a member of the Phillies and then the Blue Jays as part of a July deadline trade, outfielder Ben Revere saw the two extremes of life in Major League Baseball in 2015. For 96 games he played for one of the worst teams in the sport and then, for 56 regular season games and two playoff series, he experienced the rush of a pennant race and the postseason as part of Toronto, who made it all the way to the ALCS.
The Nationals weren't nearly as bad as the Phillies, but they were no strangers to disappointment in 2015. Now expected to be their leadoff hitter, Revere looks forward to helping Washington get back to where they want to be.
"Definitely trying to help these guys get back to the playoffs. I know last year I could tell was a big disappointment for them," he said. "I watched the Nationals [in 2015] and how the guys kind of let it slip out of their hands. I'm sure every person is eager to get this season going to just get back to that step... Right now I know already that every single guy in there is ticked off about how the season ended and, knowing what they did, they want to get back to the playoffs and hopefully bring the championship back to D.C."
If the Nationals get back to the playoffs in 2016, Revere is likely to be a very big part of it. He is expected to replace Denard Span as their starting center fielder who hits at the top of the order. Spring training is still over a month away, but Revere hopes to provide the Nats with the same player he has been for years.
"My role is going to be the same, the type of guy that I've always been. A leadoff guy who gets on base, steal bases, bet on base so people can get me in. Keep making plays in the outfield. That's part of my game and nothing is going to change about that," he said.
Center field is where Revere figures to play at this point, but he does boast some versatility as an outfielder. He has logged over 100 games apiece in both left and right field in his six-year MLB career.
"It's always good to be able to play all three positions. My thing as a player, no matter what the situation, it's something to have. If an injury comes up and one player feels more comfortable in center, you can go either or. It's always good just to have the type of player who can play every single position," he explained.
"I've played mostly as a center fielder. Do I feel comfortable out there? Yes. But I feel comfortable in left or right. Just the way I am, as long as I'm out there helping the ballclub win, no matter where they are playing me I will go out there and bust my tail and do everything I can to help the guys win and bring home a victory."