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 Video

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 Metrics

Distance: 447 Feet

Reds Ranks: 1st

Major League Baseball Rank: 109th (tie)

Jonathan India Rank: 1st

Other Metrics

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.

You can follow along the entire series here

9 Responses

  1. Jedi Joey

    What a shot! Besides Joey Votto, India is my next favorite current Red.

  2. Bdh

    Derek Law brought back on a minor league deal. Thought he was decent last year. Good depth in AAA. Hope Chase Anderson is brought back too

  3. LDS

    Yep, Law is back. I think it’s brilliant to stock up on all the players that helped them lose 100 games last season. I guess, the Reds were Law’s last resort.

    • Bdh

      112 ERA+ last year with Cincinnati. Bringing him back on a minor league deal isn’t a bad move at all. You don’t have to complain about every single thing

      • David

        It’s a tough, dirty job, but somebody has to. 🙂

        Complain, that is….About everything.

        Because LDS stands for “Little Debbie Sunshine”.

        Because losing 100 games last year was a lot of fun. That’s what Phil Castellini says, anyways.

      • LDS

        I spent my career in a world where results matter. Failures were corrected and the people responsible fired. That’s obviously not the Reds way, nor for many of the Charlie Browns here, who are just sure that Lucy won’t move the football this time.

      • Bdh

        Well his results in a reds uniformcame out to being 12% better than league average so congrats you just contradicted yourself

      • Harry Stoner

        I agree that there is a world out there where all those making business decisions are held accountable. There are no overpaid executives.

        All decisions are made with a clear vision of just how the future will unfold.

        No businesses are poorly run, or muddle along with a poor product line and ‘write off’ losses with a complacent tax code.

        Nor do any businesses lay off productive workers and retain ‘seniority’ and other forms of dead wood.

        Nor do they ship jobs and pollution and a lack of health care benefits overseas.

        “Where you gonna shop?”

        Those types of business don’t exist in that world. The name of that imaginary world: retirement.

  4. Mark Moore

    Beautiful moon shot. Not the fastest to exit, but it went far. Way out in any park.

    Great series, Doug!