Tater Smacked

Expanded roster recall Juan Francisco of the Cincinnati Reds isn’t an enormous man. At 6’2″ and 180 lbs, he’s barely a typically sized baseball player. However, last night, the third baseman surely ate his Wheaties with an appetizer and dessert comprising of special Popeye spinach, as evidenced by his mammoth home run that literally left Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

The home run was estimated to have traveled 502 feet, the longest of the year by 16 feet, and the first to travel over 500 feet since one by Adam Dunn almost three years ago. Coincidentally enough, Dunn also (still) holds the record for the longest home run at Great American Launching Pad when he hit a 535 foot moon shot into the Ohio River in 2004.

Crotch grab to Dave Brown at Big League Stew.

Comments (4)

  1. Man, that was cool. Watching the Dunn clip feels kind of weird after the season he’s had… what the hell happened to that guy?

    This also seems as good a time as any to ask a general question I’ve had for a while: how are home run distances measured/estimated? Are they trying to determine exactly how far the ball actually went, or how far it would have gone if it hadn’t been stopped (i.e. by the giant CF wall in Arizona, in the Dunn video above)?

  2. I could be incredibly wrong, but I assume that they’re estimated by trajectory and speed off the bat. Hit tracker, which does things a bit differently, actually estimated this one to be a bit less than 500 feet.

  3. http://www.howstuffworks.com/question704.htm

    Speed and trajectory would probably be the most fair (because of wind, elevation, etc), but no player would want to have his mammoth homerun measured based on what the ball was doing at near-zero distance from his bat.

  4. Those Dunn home runs were from way back when he enjoyed playing baseball. #nevergetsold

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