Aug. 17 Homers: Bombs Away at U.S. Cellular

On August 17, 2006 there were 30 home runs in 12 games.  Notable homers:

  • Rockies rookie Ryan Spilborghs launched a 464 foot homer onto the left field concourse at Coors Field during an 8-4 win over the visiting Diamondbacks.  Spilborghs’ homer was the 14th longest so far this year.
  • Chicago’s Jermaine Dye rifled an Odalis Perez pitch onto the concourse in left field at U.S. Cellular Field for a 450 foot homer, one of 5 balls that left he yard on the South Side today.  Dye’s long ball had considerably less help than Spilborghs got from the altitude at Coors Field: by true distance, Spilborghs’ homer was 14 feet longer, but by standard distance, which factors out the effects of atmospheric conditions, it was Dye’s homer that was longer, 429 to 415 feet.
  • The Mets’ Carlos Delgado crushed a 445 foot homer high off the batter’s eye in Citizens Bank Park.  Delgado’s shot came off the bat at 115.4 mph, the day’s hardest hit homer…
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4 comments

  1. Greg

    Pretty sweet, Zack, you not only caught it, but caught it clean, no need for wrestling & lawyers. Hard to believe only 2 of your balls had been homers up to that point, too. Anyway, thanks for the plug. That might be the explanation as to why my site traffic went through the roof today… 🙂

  2. Zack

    Did you really get THAT big of a traffic increase? Cool. Glad to help. Your site sure helped me catch that ball…no doubt about it. I felt confident in moving 30 feet to my right because I knew I was still within straight-away range…and that’s because of Bonds’ scatter plot. Truly amazing. I just posted a HUGE entry (different from the article I linked to above) about the day and THE catch. I linked to you again there as well.

    http://snaggingbaseballs.mlblogs.com/the_baseball_collector/2006/08/81606_at_petco_.html

  3. Greg

    Earlier today I figured out that John Donovan at SI.com mentioned it in his article (I added it to the list on the sidebar.) He apparently heard about Hit Tracker from Pete Van Wieren on WTBS during a Braves telecast (which is nice…)

    Donovan did make it sound like Hit Tracker is in use now, though, so I dropped him a note to clarify. SI.com currently uses STATS Inc. for their HR distances (as does ESPN), but I’m hoping I can get them to adopt Hit Tracker, which is far superior in every way to the “Tale of the Tape” method that is in wide use today.

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