We are finally to the top spot on the list. This week we’re taking a look at the longest home run hit by a Cincinnati Reds player during the 2022 season. 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 longest homer of the year came on September 4th by Jonathan India. The home run traveled an estimated 447 feet in Cincinnati against Colorado Rockies reliever Carlos Estevez.
The Metrics Behind The Blast
Jonathan India stepped up to the plate with one on and one out and he got a 98 MPH fastball from Carlos Estevez in the middle of the zone and he unloaded on it. The ball left the bat at 106.9 MPH and landed deep in left-center at Great American Ball Park.
Distance: 447 Feet
Reds Ranks: 1st
Major League Baseball Rank: 109th (tie)
Jonathan India Rank: 1st
Launch Angle: 25°
Exit Velocity: 106.9 MPH
Reds Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 19th
MLB Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 1380th (tie)
The Story Behind The Blast
On a day with a doubleheader scheduled, Cincinnati jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to two home runs by TJ Friedl, but the Rockies put up five runs between the 7th and 8th innings to grab a 5-2 lead. When the 8th inning began the Rockies pulled starter German Marquez and brought in reliever Carlos Estevez. After a leadoff walk to start the inning he got a shallow fly ball for the first out of the frame. But he then served up the homer to Jonathan India, which was only the second home run that Estevez had allowed since May 26th, cutting the lead for Colorado to one run. That was as close as the game would get as the Rockies scored three runs in the top of the 9th to put the game away. The Reds would win the second game of the day 10-0.