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Ruben Tejada follows Ben Revere’s lead, homers to end MLB’s longest drought

May 31, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

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Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada entered Saturday’s game against the Phillies with a .579 OPS and two career home runs in 1,340 at-bats. As Phillies center fielder Ben Revere homered on Tuesday, Tejada had been the newest owner of baseball’s longest active homerless drought. His last deep drive came on August 1, 2012 against Giants starter Matt Cain, 552 at-bats ago.

In the fourth inning, Tejada took a Kyle Kendrick breaking ball out to left field for a solo home run, increasing the Mets’ lead to 3-0, ending the drought. Coincidentally, the two most recent homerless droughts have been ended at Citizens Bank Park.

Per ESPN’s Adam Rubin, citing the Elias Sports Bureau, the latest king of the homer drought is Cubs catcher John Baker, who hasn’t homered in 426 at-bats dating back to September 4, 2009. Brewers starter Kyle Lohse has the overall longest drought at 434 at-bats, but he doesn’t really count since he’s a pitcher.

Tejada finished Saturday’s game 3-for-4 with an RBI single and a walk along with the homer, pushing his slash line up to .227/.349/.289 in 154 plate appearances on the season.

  1. imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Ruben Tejada has the 3rd highest line drive rate in the majors since 2010

    1 Matt Carpenter
    2 Freddie Freeman
    3 Ruben
    4 Joey Votto

    Yet he’s still Ruben Tejada

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