Today we’re kicking off one of my favorite series of the offseason. If Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine taught us anything it’s that everyone loves the long ball. Ok, maybe that wasn’t the exact takeaway from those two guys, but long home runs have been something people have talked about for over a hundred years. Only in the last decade or so, though, have we truly been able to measure their distance with *some* accuracy. Thanks to ball tracking in the big leagues we can compare 1-to-1 how far a baseball went. Every Monday for the next few months we’re going to be counting down the 10 longest home runs hit by the Cincinnati Reds in 2022.
The 10th longest home run of the season in 2022 by a Red was on August 29th by Stuart Fairchild. The home run came in the 5th inning when Fairchild crushed the first pitch of the at-bat into the bleachers at Great American Ball Park off of St. Louis Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas.
The Metrics Behind The Blast
An 89.8 MPH slider hanging in the middle of the plate usually isn’t a good recipe for a pitcher and Stuart Fairchild made Miles Mikolas pay, sending it out at 108 MPH for a solo home run.
Distance: 431 Feet
Reds Ranks: 10th
Major League Baseball Rank: 450th (tie)
Stuart Fairchild Rank: 2
Launch Angle: 28°
Exit Velocity: 107.6 MPH
Reds Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 14th (out of 156)
MLB Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 1072nd (out of 5214)
The Story Behind The Blast
Miles Mikolas was cruising along when the bottom of the 5th inning began and the St. Louis Cardinals were up 8-0. TJ Friedl led off the inning with a home run to put Cincinnati on the board. After a ground out from Nick Senzel it was time for Stuart Fairchild to step up to the plate and he hit the second homer of the inning to make it an 8-2 game. Two batters later Chuckie Robinson hit his 1st home run of his career to make it 8-4. That was as close as things got on the night as the Cardinals pulled away for a 13-4 victory.