Aug. 12 Homers: Wily Mo Pena rips another one…

On Aug. 12, 2006 there were 31 homers hit in 16 games.  Some notables:

  • Red Sox outfielder Wily Mo Pena socked a 448 foot homer over the Green Monster at Fenway, his third 447 foot or longer homer in the last 5 days.  Pena’s blast left the bat at 118.1 mph!  View the flight path of Pena’s homer here.
  • New Padre Todd Walker slugged a 443 foot homer into the upper deck in right field at Houston’s Minute Maid Field, one of eight homers to reach that level so far in 2006.  Walker’s homer.
  • Cardinal Albert Pujols hit home run #35, a 117.2 mph frozen rope into the left field stands at PNC Park in Pittsburgh that left the bat at a vertical angle of only 22.8 degrees (where an ideal homer launches at an angle of about 35 degrees.  Pujols seems to like the left field line: 24 of his 35 homers have been hit not only to left field, but between the left fielder and the line.  Check out Pujols’ scatter plot here to see what I’m talking about.
  • Cub outfielder Matt Murton hit a 433 foot bullet into the left field
    seats at Coors Field that left the bat at a sizzling 117.2 mph.  Murton’s homer.
  • Houston’s Lance Berkman hit a 357 foot fly ball to straight-away left field that had enough carry to leave only one ballpark out of the thirty major league venues; luckily for Berkman and the Astros, they happened to be playing in Minute Maid Park…  Keep in mind, however, that Berkman has got enough power to leave any park in the majors, in any direction, as evidenced by his 466 foot upper deck homer to dead center field at RFK and his 461 foot blast to center field at Minute Maid.  Not to mention his 473 foot Allegheny River splash job down the right field line at PNC Park during the Home Run Derby, the longest ball hit during the event (according to Hit Tracker, that is)

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