Aug. 14 Homers: Chipper Trips…

On August 14, 2006 there were 25 home runs in 11 games.  With only 2 homers longer than 415 feet, it was not a great night overall for long distance homers (unlike July 2, when there were an amazing 11 homers longer than 440 feet), but the owner of those two might think differently:

  • Atlanta’s Chipper Jones went deep three times at RFK Stadium during a 10-4 win over the Nationals.  Jones’ home runs got longer as the game went on: 408 feet in the 5th inning, 429 feet in the 6th and a huge upper deck shot of 452 feet in the 8th to cap off the first 3-homer game of his career.  Chipper’s homer was the 15th ball to reach the upper deck at RFK this season.  2006 RFK Stadium homers
  • Frank Thomas ripped a 414 foot homer into the second deck in left field at McAfee Coliseum that came off the bat at 115.8 mph, but the wind and cool temperatures in Oakland took a total of 19 feet away.  One of the most pronounced pull hitters in the game, Thomas has hit 25 home runs in all, 23 of which have gone to the left of dead center field.  Frank Thomas homer scatter plot. In fact, only 9 of his 83 hits this season were hit to the right of dead center.
  • Nomar Garciaparra hit his 13th homer, a 402 footer to left field at Dodger Stadium off the Marlins’ Dontrelle Willis.  Nomar sprays base hits to all fields, but his power has all gone to left field, with all 13 homers in 2006 landing to the left of dead-center field.  Nomar’s home run scatter plot.

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