Monday, May 24, 2010

The 10 Most Epic Wrigley Field Home Runs, 2008-Present (10-6)

Courtesty of Hit Tracker, here are the 10 longest home runs at Wrigley Field since the start of the 2008 season. Why 2008? Because that's the earliest year where I can pull video of the actual home runs, and let's face it, nobody wants to read about really long dingers. People want to see really long dingers.

Hit Tracker uses atmospheric and observational data to determine how far a home run would have gone if its path was unobstructed and landed back at field level. The method to their madness is detailed here.

So nobody has a brain aneurysm from all the gifs, I've split the post into two. Here's 10-6. Follow the link at the bottom for 5-1.

Click on the player's name to see the full video. Click on True Distance to see Hit Tracker's flight representation of the home run.

And away we go:

#10 (tie). Carlos Lee
7/27/09 off Carlos Zambrano
True Distance: 451 feet

Chris Young
10/2/09 off Tom Gorzelanny
True Distance: 451 feet

#9 Alfonso Soriano
5/14/08 off Jake Peavy
True Distance: 453 happy feet 

#8 Derrek Lee 
7/02/09 off Chris Smith
True Distance: 455 happy feet

#7 Marlon Byrd
April 15, 2010 off Jeff Suppan
True Distance: 457 feet

#6 Lance Berkman
5/16/09 off Kevin Gregg
True Distance: 460 feet

5-1 here


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