On August 26, 2006 there were 27 home runs in 15games, bringing the total for 2006 to 4,307.
Top 5 Homers by True Distance for Aug. 26,
2006: (complete list here)
- Paul Konerko, White Sox, 445 feet
- Jermaine Dye, White Sox, 438 feet
- Ryan Shealy, Royals, 430 feet
- Mike Jacobs, Marlins, 429 feet
- Johnny Damon, Yankees, 424 feet
- White Sox sluggers Paul Konerko (445 feet) and Jermaine Dye (438 feet) slugged homers in the 8th and 9th innings of their game at U.S. Cellular Field with the visiting Twins to pull the White Sox even at 7-7 and send the game into extra innings. The Sox
eventually lost 8-7 in 11 innings…
- Philly’s Ryan Howard hit a 397 foot grand slam, his 46th of the season, at Shea Stadium, but the Mets countered with homers from Carlos Beltran (385 feet) and Carlos Delgado (390 feet) to forge an 11-5 win…
On August 22, 2006 there were 32 home runs hit in 15 games, bringing the total for 2006 to 4,198. A total of four players had multi-homer games: the Mets’ Carlos Delgado and Cards’ Albert Pujols each hit two home runs in the same game at Shea Stadium, Mariner Adrian Beltre hit home runs in the first and ninth inning (the last a walkoff) against the Yankees at Safeco Field, and the Orioles’ Nick Markakis went deep three times at Camden Yards against the Twins.
Top 5 Homers by True Distance for Aug. 22, 2006: (complete list here)
- Vernon Wells, Blue Jays, 444 feet
- Nick Johnson, Nationals, 436 feet
- Nick Markakis, Orioles, 432 feet
- Albert Pujols, Cardinals, 429 feet
- Adam Dunn, Reds, 428 feet
- Toronto’s Vernon Wells hit the day’s hardest homer, a 444 foot blast to left field at Rogers Centre that left the bat at 116.6 mph. The Blue Jays held on for a 4-3 win in a game that featured four incident-free pitching changes…
- New York’s Alex Rodriguez reached the upper deck in left field at Safeco Field with his 421 foot homer, but actually managed to hurt his numbers for the Golden Sledgehammer: A-Rod’s towering blast picked up 9 feet of help from a gentle following breeze, and lost 2 feet from the cool temperature, for a net effect of +7 feet from atmospherics, meaning the standard distance of his homer was 413 feet (yes, I know 413 plus 7 doesn’t equal 421, this is due to the way the numbers are rounded off). A-Rod still leads the Golden Sledgehammer race by a comfortable margin, though, with an average standard distance on his homers of 416.6 feet…
- Baltimore’s Nick Markakis homered three times (432 feet, 411 feet and 397 feet) to run his total for the season to 11.
On August 20, 2006 there were 34 home runs in 15 games, bringing the total for the year to 4,148.
Top 5 Homers by True Distance for Aug. 20, 2006: (complete list here)
- Travis Hafner, Indians, 450 feet
- Nomar Garciaparra, Dodgers, 432 feet
- Carlos Delgado, Mets, 426 feet
- Reed Johnson, Blue Jays, 424 feet
- David Ortiz, Red Sox, 420 feet
- Travis Hafner hit a 450 foot rocket into the right field stands at Tropicana Field during a 9-4
win over the Devil Rays. Hafner’s homer came off the bat at an amazing 122.8 mph, his second straight homer in as many days to exceed 120 mph! The fan closest to the impact point fortunately had the good sense to get out of the way instead of attempting a catch…
- Yankee Jason Giambi hit homers # 35 and 36 (403 and 395 feet) during an 8-5 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park…
- Dodger Nomar Garciaparra rocked a 432 foot home run to left-center field at AT&T Park during a 5-2 win over the host Giants…
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.
On Aug. 13, 2006 there were 35 home runs in 15 games.
- The Red Sox and Orioles each launched 3 home runs during an 11-9 Boston victory at Fenway Park. Kevin Youkilis smashed his 12th homer of the season, a 432 foot shot to center field that came off the bat at 114.8 mph, both season highs for the Red Sox infielder. There have been 108 homers at Fenway Park this season in 55 games.
- Catcher Josh Bard became the 2nd Padre hitter in as many days to reach the upper deck in right field at Minute Maid Park, following Todd Walker’s homer on Aug. 12, when he struck a 440 foot homer in the 6th inning of a 7-2 win over the host Astros.
- Garrett Atkins mashed a 440 foot grand slam to left field at Coors Field during an 8-7 loss to the visiting Cubs. Atkins’ homer, like all those hit at Coors, benefitted greatly from the thin Denver air, picking up 36 feet of distance from altitude, plus another 9 feet from the wind and 4 feet from the warm temperature. In standard conditions, Atkins’ ball would have flown only 391 feet…
- The Angels’ Chone Figgins is not known for his power, but he went 374 feet deep at Yankee Stadium, thanks to a favorable wind (+19 feet) and the short fence in right field in the Bronx, which is only 350 feet from home plate where Figgins’ ball crossed (see diagram).
98.4 mph off the bat doesn’t usually get you a trip around the bases, but today, it was enough…
- Yankee Jason Giambi also homered at Yankee Stadium, an impressive 428 foot blast to left-center field. Giambi’s homer was notable in that it was only the 4th of his 34 homers to land to the left of dead-center field. From Giambi’s home run scatter plot, you can see why teams put the shift on for him…
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)