This week we draw ourselves a little bit closer to the top spot, reaching the number four spot on the longest home run hit by a Cincinnati Reds player in 2022 list. Over the last decade or so we’ve been given the ability to at least *sort of* be able to compare the distances on home runs thanks to ball tracking technologies, making lists like this a lot more fun to look at because there’s not nearly as much guesswork on it as there used to be.

The 4th longest home run of the season in 2022 came on September 7th by Aristides Aquino. The Punisher homered in Chicago and the ball went an estimated 438 feet.

The Video

The Metrics Behind The Blast

Javier Assad was on the mound for the Chicago Cubs and he felt like he could get a slider by Aristides Aquino. The Reds outfielder had different ideas as he unloaded on the 81 MPH pitch and sent it 438 feet into the streets of the Windy City at 113 MPH.

Distance Metrics

Distance: 438 Feet

Reds Ranks: 4th

Major League Baseball Rank: 254th (tie)

Aristides Aquino Rank: 2nd

Other Metrics

Launch Angle: 31°

Exit Velocity: 113.0 MPH

Reds Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 1st

MLB Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 86th (tie)

The Story Behind The Blast

The Cubs were leading 1-0 in the top of the 3rd inning when Aristides Aquino came to the plate to lead off the inning. On the third pitch of the at-bat rookie Javier Assad hung a slider and Aquino didn’t miss it. The home run marked just the second run in four games that Assad had given up. He would go on to give up four runs on the day in 5.1 innings. Aquino was not finished for the day. In the top of the 9th inning he would pick up his third hit of the day, and his second home run of the day as he crushed his 7th homer of the year.

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11 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    Cowboy would call that pitch a cement mixer. Assad paid dearly for hanging that one. Love the quick, snap swing from AA. Definitely one where Crash would have told his young pitcher, “Anything flying that far ought to have a stewardess on it.”

    Thanks for this series of memories, Doug. And I hope AA finds his groove overseas.

  2. LDS

    A little less than 60 days until the pitchers report. It’ll be a creative writing exercise for Doug and the rest of the RLN team to fill the dead air left by the Reds FO. Only 3 more HRs left to cover. How about who struck out the least in the last inning with runners in scoring position? Or that time Bell let a reliever go more than an inning? The possibilities are endless.

    • DataDumpster

      I would really be interested in the 10 longest relief appearances of 2022 just to see if I could find what caused David Bell to make such “rash” moves and if there are indeed 10 such instances that lasted longer than an inning.

      • LDS

        It would be interesting. As would the number of times the reliever pitched a full inning despite being shelled by the 1st 3 batters. That did happen more than 10 times.

      • Harry Stoner

        I don’t think there are enough days before ST to feature “Reds’ Reliever Walks First Batter Faced”.

        It might help drive home a point, though.

        With cutaway shots of the blasé, blank look on Bell’s face each time it happens again.

        And again.

  3. MBS

    The HR run as a rookie, and the lasers from RF, and LF. Lots of good memories from this guy, just too bad he couldn’t lay off the slider.

  4. LarkinPhillips

    I hope AA gets something figured out overseas and comes back to the US crushing. This video also reminded me of how much I dread listening to Sadak all year again.

    • MBS

      lol, I’m also dreading every time Newman comes to bat. Hopefully B Larks tells him to cool it on his Seinfeld impression.

    • MK

      That does throw a wet planked on excitement of a new season.

  5. Eddiek957

    When AA did things I’d be in awe. Too bad his only settings were phenomenal or terrible

  6. MK

    Wish the Reds could have kept the rights to AA. I could see him going to Japan, with their disciplined approaches and turning into a Cecil Fielder type player.