5 Longest Home Runs Of Atlanta Braves’ Season
The Atlanta Braves' Longest Home Runs
The Atlanta Braves are one of the best teams in baseball for a number of reasons, with numbers like 164 and 486. 164 is the number of home runs the Braves have belted in 2013, ranking third in the majors. 486 represents the number of feet Evan Gattis hit Cole Hamels’ fastball to center field on Sunday afternoon, making it the longest home run hit by any player on any team in 2013.
It wasn’t the only home run hit by the Braves on Sunday -- it wasn’t even the only home run hit by Gattis on Sunday. The rookie catcher hit two home runs off of Hamels despite the fact that he had dominated the rest of Atlanta’s lineup with ease. The Philadelphia Phillies' southpaw gave up only two hits in eight complete innings, both of which left to park off the barrel of the backup catcher’s bat.
Before the season began, critics of the Braves spoke about the number of high-strikeout players in their lineup. Even after the Braves started the season 11-1, pundits and analysts couldn’t accept that one of the most strikeout-prone teams in recent years could also be one of the best. As it turns out, the analysts weren’t absolutely wrong. The Braves have struck out an awful lot. There’s only one team in the majors with more strikeouts, and that’s the Houston Astros who have a .329 win percentage. The 2013 Braves are 29 strikeouts away from striking out more than other team in Braves’ history.
So how have the Braves stayed dominant in the NL East and proven themselves as one of the top teams in Major League Baseball despite every analyst’s predictions otherwise? Well, their 164 home runs have helped. Follow the slides to see the 5 longest home runs of the Braves’ season.
5. B.J. Upton
In mid-June, B.J. Upton ripped a 450-foot home run to left field off of San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Chad Gaudin. It was in the second inning on a 2-1 count that Upton broke open the game with the Braves’ first run.
4. Juan Francisco
On April 10 when Juan Francisco was still platooning with Chris Johnson at third base, Francisco crushed a 459-foot home run in Miami that hit off the second deck overhang and fell into the empty outfield seats of Marlins Park.
3. Justin Upton
Justin Upton crushed a 460-foot home run off of Cole Hamels on Opening Day of the 2013 season. Upton tied the game on a 1-2 pitch in front of a great crowd in Atlanta.
2. Justin Upton
Justin Upton owns the second-longest home run of the Atlanta Braves' season. One foot longer than the previous one listed at 461 feet, this grand slam home run smashed off of the Los Angeles Dodgers stands as his longest of the season. Upton holds the second-longest home run distance average of the season at 419 feet.
1. Evan Gattis
The longest home run of the Atlanta Braves, or of any team’s season for that matter, was hit by Evan Gattis on Sunday afternoon. Gattis crushed the high and outside 1-0 fastball straight to center field onto the concourse level. That home run was 10 feet longer than the second longest home run of the season, hit by Hunter Pence at Coors Field.