This week we return for the 3rd spot on the list of the longest home runs hit by a Cincinnati Reds player in the 2023 season. Making another appearance on the list, but not his last, is Elly De La Cruz.

Over the last decade or so we have been able to measure home run distances with *some* accuracy. Thanks to ball tracking in the big leagues we can compare 1-to-1 how far a baseball went. Every Monday (except Christmas week) for the next few months we’re going to be counting down the 10 longest home runs hit by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2023 season.

This week’s homer by Elly De La Cruz came on July 24th. The homer came in the top of the 3rd inning off of Colin Rea.

The Video

The Metrics Behind The Blast

Elly De La Cruz got a cut fastball low, but middle of the plate, and he took the 88.4 MPH offering from Colin Rea and he obliterated it. The ball left his bat at 113.7 MPH and didn’t land until it reached Canada (ok, it landed 456 feet away…. just short of Canada).

Distance Metrics

Distance: 456 Feet

Reds Ranks: 3rd

Major League Baseball Rank: 69th (tie)

Elly De La Cruz Rank: 3

Other Metrics

Launch Angle: 26°

Exit Velocity: 113.7 MPH

Reds Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 3rd (out of 198)

MLB Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 76th (out of 6162)

The Story Behind The Blast

Elly De La Cruz had homered the day before, but that game was in Cincinnati and against Arizona. The Reds were starting a new series in Milwaukee and earlier in the game, De La Cruz was robbed of a home run to dead center by Joey Wiemer. The Brewers multimedia team decided to put on the scoreboard this time “Almost hit a home run in the first inning… but didn’t”. Whoops. Talk about your all-time backfires. The homer took a 1-0 Brewers lead and turned it into a 2-1 Brewers deficit. Cincinnati held that lead until the 6th when Milwaukee tied things up and that’s where the game remained until the Brewers walked things off in the bottom of the 9th.

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16 Responses

  1. Luke J

    I was at that game. We were visiting Chicago for the National Sports Collector’s Convention and snuck up to Milwaukee to catch the Reds. We were right behind home plate (about 10 rows up) and our whole row was filled with Reds fans. The stadium cracked up when they put that on the scoreboard, then our whole row went nuts when he silenced them all with that blast. Very memorable for sure.

    • VaRedsFan

      That’s a great convention. I’ve been to two of them (Baltimore and Atlantic City).

  2. Mark Moore

    I remember that blast. The rob job the AB before and then that moon shot!!!

    Looking forward to the final two entries in the EDLC & Friends Offseason HR Recap Show.

    • Melvin

      The man has GREAT power. That’s for sure.

      As I recall the scoreboard read the next day something along the lines of just basic facts and said something like, “we refrain from making more comments at this time” as if to not rile him again to keep from getting egg on their face again. lol hahaha Wish I remembered the exact quote. 🙂

  3. RedsGettingBetter

    If Elly improved his swing and mechanics this offseason he could be a 25-50 player in 2024…I’d hope for a just about .265/.320/.485 slash…

    • wkuchad

      I’d be ecstatic with that final slash line for EDLC in 2024, his first full season in the majors. That slash line as a 22 year old, combined with his speed and defense and electricity would make for great year and step in the right direction for his future.

  4. 2020ball

    If only DJ and Bell knew how to teach all these young prospects, Elly would have hit it 75ft further and won the CY Young at the same time, clear as night. Woe be us instead that we have to follow a competetive team.

    • Mark Moore

      +5,000 😀

      Thanks for the chuckle!

      • stuckonthenorthshore

        I see your 5,000, and raise you 5,000. Solid gold 2020???

      • stuckonthenorthshore

        Sorry fat thumbs and no edit i meant “2020!!!!”

      • stuckonthenorthshore

        Sorry fat thumbs and no edit I mean “2020!!!!”

  5. BK

    This is off-topic, but hoopsrumors.com (sister site to mlbtraderumors.com) updated next season’s projected NBA salary cap (2024-25). They had a link in their story to their glossary on the NBA “salary floor.” In prior NBA CBAs, any team that was below the salary floor simply had to make a payout to their players on top of their agreed salaries to cover the amount the team was below the floor at the end of the season–in essence a bonus to the players on the non-compliant team.

    The new CBA adds restrictions on teams that don’t meet the salary floor at the START of the season. Next season, those teams will lose half of their “revenue-sharing” dollars–money distributed from teams that pay their luxury tax. In the following season, they will be ineligible for the revenue-sharing dollars (varies yearly but about $15M). This was not a move to drive more money to the players, as that stayed the same. This was to deter tanking and thereby promote competitiveness.

    Like MLB, they have a soft cap, not a hard cap. But seeing how the provisions work together to promote competitiveness is fascinating. One more note, the least valuable NBA franchises are worth more than double those in MLB. The bottom five franchise values increased between 45% and 61% … in one year. Apparently, league-wide competition is good for business.

    The key difference is that in the NBA, players, and franchises split revenue 50/50 (it’s actually a band of 49% to 51%). With the share determined, both sides share the incentive to make the game more lucrative rather than constantly fighting to move the needle on the split between each side.

    • Old Big Ed

      The businesses have a lot of differences. The main one is that the NBA gets a bigger share of its revenue from national contracts than does MLB. Another is that the colleges (and Euro leagues) are the farm systems for the NFL and NBA, for which the leagues pay nothing.

      For whatever reason, MLB and college sports are inherently much more local than the NFL and to a lesser extent the NBA. Local money generated by the NFL is chump-change compared to the money from its national contracts. They all split the national $$ evenly, which makes it possible for good management at Green Bay and Pittsburgh to flourish, while the NY Jets and Chicago pretty much can be counted on to be bad.

      NBA teams can become contenders with just one superstar and a handful of team players. Nobody has a good reason to be lousy year after year, except the Knicks.

      Meanwhile, baseball has to pay $15 million/year or so on amateur signing bonuses, then pay the expenses of about 125 MiLB players, coaches, scouts, etc., plus travel, insurance, etc.

      MLB and the MLBPA may well negotiate something that evens out revenue without disincentivizing teams from maximizing local revenue, but the MLBPA has always strongly opposed a salary cap. I’ve always thought that the average union member would be better served by more team parity, but baseball pretty much isn’t any more interested in my opinion than Mrs. Old Big is.

      • MBS

        The whole RSN system is the problem. If the MLB unifies it’s efforts into purely national deals, then we might see some headway on parity. Cable is dying everywhere, so I think we’ll see something in the next decade on that front.

        I also like the 50/50 revenue split, not necessarily those numbers but a predetermined percentage of revenue. Say it was 50/50 split and a club only spends 40% on payroll, the remaining 10% would come in way of bonuses to players on the roster determined by WAR or some agreed upon metric at the end of a season.

        You really wouldn’t need a salary floor if you did that, since the club is spending the exact same amount of money either way. You would need a hard cap on total spending to make it work.

      • BK

        I agree there are differences. You are overstating the ability of one player to dominate in the NBA, highly competitive have multiple top tier players. True stars are more of a difference maker in the playoffs, but there is always a supporting cast.

        More development occurs in the NBA now than previously. The best players are one-and-done via college or the G League. All but one franchise has a G League team, and like MLB, if run well, they produce low cost talent that good teams benefit from.

        The reason I posted this is that the NBA cap and MLB CBT are similar—the NBA doesn’t have a true cap. Their soft cap is tiered very much like MLB’s CBT levels. The incentives/disincentives differ drastically. To stay within the rules, it’s almost impossible for a team to have more than three elite players.

        The big thing the NBA dealt with was a team’s ability to just out-muscle the competition by adding star after star. It’s far easier for a good team to retain talent than to add talent. It would be impossible for a good NBA team with solid veteran talent to have acquired the top two free agents like the Dodgers did. Salary matching rules for trades would have prevented the Dodgers from acquiring Glasnow without sending a comparable contract back to the Rays.

        As for the TV contracts, the reason the NBA franchise values have jumped is there’s an industry wide belief that their national contract may double or more. This devalues the regional contracts but the growing popularity of the NBA makes that tradeoff work for all parties. That’s what a more competitive league is delivering.

        The NBA will likely have significantly closed their revenue gap with the MLB by the time the next MLB CBA is negotiated. Perhaps that will make the problems more obvious to all parties. We have been conditioned to believe MLBs disparity in not solvable without a cap system. The NBA has demonstrated a model that could be adapted to fit baseball without the hard cap system MLBPA wants no part of. The only time hard caps kick in for the NBA are to support parity not curtail spending.

        When I started following the NBA, I thought all the rules were goofy, as i have watched for several seasons now, I have noticed their system has made them better each year. 24 teams are within 3 games of the playoffs. Another team has lost multiple starters to injury—not a bad team, just unlucky. MLB would be a much better league with that kind of parity.