Aug. 21 Homers: Splashdown for Bonds

On August 21, 2006 there were 18 home runs hit in 10 games, bringing the total for 2006 to 4,166.

Top 5 Homers by True Distance for Aug. 21, 2006: (complete list here)

  1. Barry Bonds, Giants, 453 feet
  2. Jacque Jones, Cubs, 426 feet
  3. Chase Utley, Phillies, 425 feet
  4. Bobby Kielty, Athletics, 419 feet
  5. Milton Bradley, Athletics, 418 feet

Notable Homers:

  • Barry Bonds hit his first splash hit of 2006, and career home run # 725, 453 feet into McCovey Cove at AT&T Park.  Bonds’ blast left the bat at 116.9 mph.  The Giants slugger currently sits 3rd in the race for the coveted Golden Sledgehammer, which is awarded to the hitter with the highest average standard distance for his homers (for those who have hit at least 3 homers per month); Bonds’ average homer has a standard distance of 409.8 feet, and he trails only Alex Rodriguez and Jim Thome
  • Aubrey Huff went deep twice (415 and 404 feet) to stake the Astros to a 3-0 lead over the Reds at Great American Ball Park, but the Reds came back to win 4-3 thanks to a 395 foot homer by Rich AuriliaLance Berkman (397 feet) also homered for the Astros.  (Note to the home plate cameraman at GABP: please pull back far enough to allow the viewers to see the ball land, especially on the long homers that reach the top of the batter’s eye…)

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