A look at Josh Hamilton's opposite-field HR

July, 8, 2012
7/08/12
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton's 27th home run hit Saturday, which ties the league lead held by Jose Bautista, was just the fourth one he's hit opposite field this season (left or left-center).

Josh Hamilton heat map
ESPN Stats & InfoThe green dot indicates the location of Saturday's pitch that Hamilton hit to the opposite field for a home run.
ESPN Stats & Information looked at the homer and how Hamilton has done on pitches on that part of the plate.
The homer came on an 80-mph slider from the Twins' Samuel Deduno, making his first major-league start. It slid waist-high, just over the outer edge of the plate, and promptly landed 385 feet away beyond the fence (distance done by HR Tracker).

When you do see Hamilton go opposite-field, it's a good bet the pitch was in that exact same spot. Since the start of last season, Hamilton has hit nine opposite-field homers, all of them belt-high over the outside corner. Although they've been on different pitch types, the location is consistent.

Take a look at the heat map for more.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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Martin Perez
WINS ERA SO IP
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OTHER LEADERS
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HRS. Choo 2
RBIA. Rios 11
RE. Andrus 14
OPSS. Choo .932
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