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 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: 456 Feet
Reds Ranks: 3rd
Major League Baseball Rank: 69th (tie)
Elly De La Cruz Rank: 3
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.