During the dog days of a lost season we do not have many things to get excited about. We will not get to watch our favorite team in the playoffs. The Reds are basically just playing out the string to see what draft pick they will get next year. But that doesn’t mean there are not fun things to watch. I have always been a fan of the majestic home run. One of the most beautiful things that occurs on a baseball field is a long, towering home run. It doesn’t matter if it happens in a lopsided loss or in a meaningless game between cellar dwellers, when you see home runs like the ones below you just have to stop and appreciate them.

The home run distances below are taken from the ESPN Home Run Tracker site. These distances are calculated using the ball speed off the bat, the launch angle, the apex and the trajectory. This is different than the new StatCast technology from MLB Advanced Media. Different technologies yield different results. I used the Home Run Tracker distances because the StatCast data is not publically available for most home runs, at least that I know of.

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1. Jay Bruce, 447 feet

The top tater of the season so far came just last night in St. Louis against the Cardinals’ John Lackey, providing the Reds with their only run of the game. The Statcast estimate was even longer at 456 feet. It traveled well over the bullpen in right field.:
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2. Jay Bruce, 441 feet

Jay Bruce hit this one off the Brewers’ Matt Garza. It bounced off the huge scoreboard well above and beyond the centerfield wall in Milwaukee. Listen to the Brewers fans go “oooooh!” as this mammoth blast enters orbit.:
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3. Jay Bruce, 440 feet

This one came at Great American Ballpark against Odrisamer Despaigne of the San Diego Padres. Bruce smacked it into the upper rows of the Sun Deck in right-center field. [mlbvideo id=”148967883″ width=”400″ height=”224″ /]

4. Jay Bruce, 440 feet

This one came at home against Justin Grimm of the Chicago Cubs. It landed in almost the same spot as the last one in the right-center Moon Deck. Chris Welch went “Woooooaaaa” when this one left the bat:
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5. Joey Votto, 434 feet

This one was just a few days ago at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Votto victimized the Brewers’ Taylor Jungmann with this tater to centerfield that didn’t quite make it to the scoreboard that Bruce hit with #2 above. Watching the replays it looks like Bruce’s ball went a LOT more than 7 feet beyond Votto’s:
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6. Jay Bruce, 433 feet

Back to Jay again, this time Bruce tattooed an offering from the Giants’ Josh Osich in San Francisco’s AT&T Park, which is a very difficult place to hit home runs. The wall in right field where the ball landed is 421 feet from home plate, which is farther than the centerfield wall in most stadiums. The crowd knew this one was gone right away:
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7. Todd Frazier, 428 feet

The Toddfather gets on the board with this shot off of Braves pitcher Eric Stults here at home. It cleared the straightaway centerfield wall over the 404 foot mark.:
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8. Marlon Byrd, 428 feet

Pittsburgh’s left field is massive (which is why they play their best defensive outfielder, Starling Marte, in left field instead of centerfield, where Andrew McCutchen plays). The left field wall is 410 feet deep, and Byrd took Pirates lefty Jeff Locke out of the yard:
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9. Todd Frazier, 426 feet

Yet another Miller Park blast, this one came off the Brewers’ Mike Fiers. This one was way over the left field wall and was the Reds’ second grand slam of the game:
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10. Marlon Byrd, 426 feet

Byrd terrorized the Pirates again, this time in Cincinnati. We hear George Grande for the first time, calling this shot to center field that I think may not quite have reached the estimated distance.
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11. Joey Votto, 425 feet

The fourth home run on this list that came at Miller Park. Votto ripped a Tyler Thornburg pitch to the same spot as the one he hit off of Jungmann above. It was a swing of beauty:
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This was originally going to be a Top 10 list, but after I had compiled the list Jay Bruce took over the top spot with his crank job last night. Bruce has hammered 5 of the 6 longest home runs the Reds have whacked this year. Frazier (35) and Votto (28) have hit more home runs than Bruce (25), but Jay has hit them further. Bruce’s home runs have averaged 402.6 feet this season, slightly farther than Frazier’s 399.9 and Votto’s 399.5 feet. The average major league home run travels 398 feet.

For comparison’s sake, the longest home run in the major leagues this season is 484 feet, which Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins has done twice. The highest average home run distance is 423.6 feet by Joc Pederson of the Dodgers. Pederson was the guy Todd Frazier beat in the finals of the Home Run Derby this year.

If you are like me, now that you have seen all the longest Reds home runs of the season  you are probably wondering who hit the shortest home run of the season. Well, here you go…

160. Jay Bruce, 345 feet

The Reds have hit 160 longballs this year, and this one is the shortest. It came against Odrisamer Despaigne of the Padres in the same game as #3 above. This one was a three run johnson that barely cleared the wall in front of the visitors’ bullpen down the right field line in GABP. I don’t think it is possible to hit a home run much shorter than this one in GABP unless you are Billy Hamilton and hit an inside-the-park home run. The wall in right field is 325 feet, but they measure the home runs where they land. To get the ball over the 325 marker you have to hit it over the 8 foot high wall and the ball would actually land a few feet beyond that.:
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One Response

  1. doctor

    great list, fun to watch. I still think the one Bruce hit in SF the most impressive, given that park and night time game.