Watch: Reds' Todd Frazier hits 485-foot homer, longest of the season
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There are two ways we can do this post. We can either bust out some numbers and analysis and stats to tell you about the mammoth moonshot that Todd Frazier clubbed off Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin in the second inning of Cincinnati's game against the Rockies, or we can all simply sit back and admire just how far Frazier managed to send this ball.
Okay, fine, a few numbers: That homer off Chacin, Frazier's sixth on the season, went an estimated 485 feet, making it the longest blast of the season in MLB. It narrowly beats Giancarlo Stanton's 484-foot bomb back on April 4, and it's tied for fifth-longest homer in the last four seasons. Stanton — surprise, surprise — has the longest homer since 2011 with a 494-foot shot on Aug 17, 2012; that homer was also given up by a Colorado pitcher, Josh Roenicke, who probably retired immediately after giving up that blast.
Amazingly enough, or maybe functioning as a perfect representation of the homer-friendly dimensions of Great American Ballpark, Frazier's dinger is only the sixth-longest in that park's 11-year history. Adam Dunn's 535-foot homer off of the Dodgers' Jose Lima on Aug. 10, 2004, is the gold standard in Cincinnati, and in case you're like me and were wondering what a 535-foot homer looks like, well, wonder no longer.
For what it's worth, that ball didn't just leave Great American Ballpark; it actually landed on a street outside the stadium and bounced 200 feet until it hit some driftwood on the banks of the Ohio River, which means that Dunn's homer was hit in the state of Ohio and technically landed in Kentucky. It's been a good night for homers in Cincinnati so far, with Troy Tulowitzki adding a solo shot of his own, his 10th of the year. Sadly, it didn't land in another state.