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2013 Home Run Tracker: Year in review

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Howard Smith/USA TODAY SportsThis Evan Gattis swing produced the longest home run of the 2013 season.
With the 2013 season complete, we take a look back at the long, the short and the lucky among home-run hitters this season.

Longest HR of the Year: Evan Gattis

On Sept. 8, Evan Gattis drove a Cole Hamels fastball 486 feet to dead center field at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia for what would finish as the longest home run of 2013.

Gattis’ homer is the longest hit by an Atlanta Braves player in the past eight seasons and is tied for the ninth-longest in all of baseball over that same stretch.

That was the longest homer this season by 10 feet. The next-longest was a 476-foot shot by Hunter Pence of the Giants on Aug. 27 against the Rockies

Long Drive Champion: Mike Trout

Mike Trout led the major leagues in average home run distance this season (minimum 20 homers), averaging nearly 420 feet per homer.

Trout hit the longest home run of the season at two different ballparks -- Kauffman Stadium (463 feet) and Tropicana Field (458 feet).

Trout hit 13 homers that traveled at least 430 feet, the most such homers in the majors.

Pedro Alvarez (10) was the only other hitter in double digits.

Shortest Home Run of the Year: Brandon Snyder
On July 29 Red Sox infielder Brandon Snyder hit a ball off of Pesky’s Pole at Fenway Park that was calculated at only 312 feet, the shortest homer hit in 2013 (inside-the-park home runs not included).

Snyder’s homer is tied for the second-shortest out-of-the-park homer hit in the past eight seasons (trailing only a 311-foot shot by Jeff Keppinger in 2006). It is a familiar story for Fenway Park as the five shortest home runs in the majors since 2006 have all been hit in Boston.

Luckiest Home Run Hitter of the Year: Coco Crisp

Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp finished 2013 with a career-high 22 home runs. Crisp was able to take advantage of short fences down the lines, not hitting a single homer to left center, center or right center field.

Crisp’s average home run traveled 368.9 feet, the shortest average distance of any hitter in a single season with at least 20 home runs in the past eight seasons. The next-shortest was J.J. Hardy, who averaged 385 feet on his home runs.

Chris Davis Shows Power to All Fields

Chris Davis led MLB with an Orioles-record 53 home runs this season. He showed power to all fields, with 16 of his 53 home runs going to left or left center field, 14 to center field and 23 to right field. Davis’ average homer to center field this season traveled over 422 feet.


Unlikely Home Run of the Year

Miguel Cabrera finished second in MLB with 44 home runs. Yet, if it was not for the glove of Michael Bourn, he would only have 43.

On May 22, Cabrera hit a fly ball to the center-field wall at Progressive Field.

Bourn, a two-time Gold Glove winner, started to backpedal as he approached the fence. He then leaped with the intention of robbing Cabrera of extra-bases. Instead, the ball ricocheted off his glove for a home run.

Had Bourn not made contact, the ball would have traveled only 386 feet and would not have been a home run in any major league park. In fact, it would have been 38 feet shy of the fence in the same location at Comerica Park, Cabrera's home field.

Longest Postseason Home Run of the Year

Mike Napoli’s home run off Anibal Sanchez in Game 5 of the ALCS was calculated at 460 feet, the longest home run of the 2013 postseason. The 460-foot blast is also tied for the second-longest postseason home run since the beginning of ESPN HR Tracker in 2006, trailing only a 479-foot homer by Manny Ramirez in 2007.

Napoli’s 460-foot home run was his fourth home run of 2013 (regular and postseason) calculated at 460 feet or more, the most such home runs this year. No other player even had three such home runs.

Only Matt Holliday has had more home runs calculated at 460 feet or more in a season (five in 2006).

Speaking of Holliday, he had three of the 10 longest home runs in the 2013 postseason. His longest was a 430-foot home run off Ryan Dempster in Game 1 of the World Series.

For more information on home-run distances in 2013, go to http://www.hittrackeronline.com

Beltre edges Soriano for July home run title

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ESPN Stats & InformationChris Davis has only one homer since the All-Star break.
Using the ESPN Home Run Tracker, let’s take a look at the notable home run storylines from July.

*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.

Longest Home Run of the Month – Carlos Gonzalez (454 feet)

Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies is responsible for the longest home run of the month, a 454-foot blast off Carlos Villanueva on July 20 at Coors Field. This just edged out Mark Trumbo’s 452-foot home run on July 30 by two feet. The 454-footer is the shortest home run distance to lead a month since the beginning of ESPN Home Run Tracker in 2006.

Long home runs were scarce in July, as only four home runs went at least 450 feet. By comparison, there were five home runs hit at least 450 feet on May 15, 2010. Since 2006, there have been eight instances where four home runs of 450 feet were hit in a day.

Shortest Home Run of the Month - Brandon Snyder (312 feet)

On July 29, Brandon Snyder hit a home run off the bottom of the right field foul pole at Fenway Park calculated at 312 feet. It is tied for the shortest home run in the last five seasons.

Home Run Hitter of the Month - Adrian Beltre

Beltre and Alfonso Soriano each hit nine home runs in July, but Beltre gets the nod based on his higher average home run distance (406.3 feet to 399.4 feet). Beltre had five home runs that went over 410 feet, and provided fireworks on Independence Day by hitting a pair of home runs, including a 447-foot blast off Hisashi Iwakuma.

July Power Outage - New York Yankees

The Yankees had 10 home runs in July, the fewest in the American League. That’s half as many as the second-to-last team in the AL, the Royals, who had 20. The Yankees did not have a home run in their first 309 at-bats after the All-Star Break, until Derek Jeter homered on July 28.

Post All-Star Break Power Outage - Chris Davis

Davis went into the All-Star Break red hot. He homered in each of the last four days before the break and led the majors with 37 home runs.

Davis has one home run since the All-Star Break, and his average home run distance has declined every month. Davis had only one home run longer than 415 feet in July.

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There were only four home runs of at least 450 feet in July.

Valdespin's HR shocks Papelbon, Phillies

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Jordany Valdespin's first career hit couldn't have come at a better time. With the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies tied at two in the top of the ninth inning, Valdespin golfed a splitter from Jonathan Papelbon over the fence, snapping a streak of six straight hitless at-bats to begin his MLB career.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Valdespin is the first player whose first career hit was a go-ahead HR in the ninth inning or later since Miguel Cabrera on June 20, 2003. He's the first player to record his first career hit via a pinch-hit go-ahead HR in the ninth inning or later since Steve Sisco for the Atlanta Braves on May 13, 2000 (also against the Phillies). While Cabrera has gone on to hit more than 280 HR in the majors, Sisco's HR was the only one of his short MLB career.

Papelbon earned his first loss as a member of the Phillies and allowed at least three runs in a game for the first time since June 4 of last year. Papelbon had good reason to think that Valdespin wouldn't be able to do much with the splitter that ended up in the bleachers. Entering Monday, opponents were just 2-13 (.154) against Papelbon's split-finger fastball this season.

Roy Halladay's streak of eight straight wins against the Mets came to an end after he allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings. After winning his first three starts of 2012, the Phillies have now lost four straight starts by Halladay for the first time since he came to Philadelphia in 2010. Halladay has a 5.13 ERA in those games after having a 1.17 ERA in his first three starts of the season.

Elsewhere in the majors on Monday:

Philip Humber struggled for a third straight start, allowing eight runs and failing to reach the fourth inning as the Chicago White Sox fell to the Cleveland Indians 8-6. Since throwing the 21st perfect game in MLB history on April 21, Humber is now 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in his last three starts. According to Elias, Humber's 20 runs allowed in that span are the most by any pitcher in his first three starts after a perfect game since 1900.

Brandon Snyder, who entered Monday with five total RBI in 27 career games, drove in a game-high six runs in the Texas Rangers 14-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Snyder became the first player to drive in at least six runs from the eighth spot in the order since Jorge Posada on August 13 last season.

• The Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 11-5, improving to 12-16 on the season. Despite their subpar record, Monday was the MLB-leading eighth time the Red Sox scored 10 or more runs in a game this season. Baseball-reference.com tells us Boston is the fourth team to score 10 or more runs eight times in its first 28 games of a season in the live-ball era (since 1920), joining the 1997 Rockies, 1950 Yankees and 1928 Athletics.

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