Home Run Tracker: June 12th to June 18th

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Diving deeper into last week’s home run tracker, major league sluggers took to the batter’s box with a long ball state of mind. Read on to see which fan-favorite players hit the highest fliers and blasted the most bombs into the bleachers.

Davidson’s Bringing the Boom

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The league was led by White Sox designated hitter Matt Davidson, who cranked out five homers in two series against the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles. The series marked the rising rookies team-leading 14th dinger of the season facing off against Chris Tillman on June 15, and securing a victory for the Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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Cody Bellinger, a slugger for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is breaking all sorts of records during his breakout season. Bellinger nailed four bombs last week, ranking him as the fastest rookie to reach 21 home runs at the start of an MLB career. He is only the fourth player age 21 or younger to hit 20 home runs before the all-star break, along with Eddie Mathews (27 in 1953), Albert Pujols (21 in 2001), and Miguel Cabrera (20 in 2004).” All things considered, Bellinger is one of the league’s most lethal hitters and is a prime contender for the upcoming home run derby.

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The Dodgers home run prodigy isn’t the only one smashing records, though. Keon Broxton, center fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, clobbered a monstrous two-run scoring homer against the St. Louis Cardinals last Thursday. The bomb traveled a true distance of 442 feet – the longest recorded long ball at Busch Stadium.

Sixth Inning Long Balls

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One takeaway from last week’s home run stats is this: Home runs were a common occurrence in the sixth inning. Players at-bat in the sixth inning were the reason behind 41 of last week’s scoreboard-adding hits.

Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies had a historic day on June 18, hitting a walk-off, two-run home run to hit for the cycle at Coors Field. As Arenado approached home plate, he was swarmed by electrified teammates while being serenaded by a sellout crowd shouting “MVP! MVP! MVP!”

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It was quite the slugfest over at Miller Park on Saturday, June 17, as Cory Spangenberg and Chase d’Arnaud, sluggers for the San Diego Padres, each sliced solo homers during the 11th inning – lifting the SoCal-based squad over the Brewers (7-5).

Average Home Run of the Week

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It’s tough for the average baseball fan to keep up with the metrics of every long ball launched each week. That’s why we’ve got you covered with the details about last week’s average home run ball.

Sluggers stepped up to the plate last week with one goal in mind: to belt a long ball into the bleachers. After reviewing the stats from all homers hit by power batters last week, we found the average long ball had a launch angle of 28 degrees and a rocketed exit velocity of 104 mph, clearing a true distance of 402 feet.

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