Saturday, November 10, 2012
2012 HR Awards: Stanton reigns supreme
By ESPN Stats & Information
Without further ado, we present you with our end-of-season Home Run Tracker Awards.
*Please note: All information goes back to the 2006 season, the first year of the ESPN Home Run Tracker database. In addition, this excludes inside-the-park home runs unless otherwise indicated.
NO-DOUBTER OF THE YEAR
2012 Winner: Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins (494 feet)
Giancarlo Stanton won the award for longest 2012 home run by hitting a 494-foot blast on August 17 off Josh Roenicke at Coors Field. It was the fifth-longest home run since ESPN HR Tracker began in 2006.
WALL-SCRAPER OF THE MONTH
2012 Winner: B.J. Upton, Tampa Bay Rays (323 feet)
B.J. Upton hit a 323-foot home run off Ervin Santana on April 24, the shortest home run of the season and the shortest home run at Tropicana Field since the beginning of ESPN HR Tracker in 2006.
MOONSHOT OF THE YEAR
2012 Winner: Todd Helton, Colorado Rockies (162 feet)
Todd Helton’s walk-off home run off J.J. Putz on April 14 had an apex of 162 feet, the ball hanging in the air for 6.92 seconds. It had the highest apex since 2009, when Alex Rodriguez hit a 390-foot home run with a 169-foot apex.
LINER OF THE MONTH
2012 Winner: Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles (43 feet)
Adam Jones’ 354-foot home run off Edwin Jackson on June 23 had an apex of 43 feet, the lowest by an Oriole player and the lowest at Camden Yards since the beginning of ESPN HR Tracker in 2006.
FAST BALL OF THE YEAR
2012 Winner: Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins (122.4 mph)
Giancarlo Stanton’s second award set a record, as his 462-foot home run off Jamie Moyer on May 21 had a speed off bat of 122.4 miles per hour -- the fastest since the beginning of ESPN HR Tracker in 2006.
SERVER OF THE YEAR
2012 Winner: Ervin Santana, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Ervin Santana gave up 39 home runs this season, the most in the majors. Jason Vargas and Phil Hughes tied for second with 35. Since 2006, only Bronson Arroyo has given up more home runs than Santana.
MASHER OF THE YEAR
2012 Winner: Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers (418.6 feet)
Nelson Cruz averaged 418.6 feet per home run this season, beating out teammate Josh Hamilton by an average of 2.9 feet. Cruz’s 484-foot home run on June 3 was the fourth longest of the season, and he had home runs of 470 and 464 feet as well. Only six of his 22 home runs went less than 400 feet.