Hit Tracker. For those of you who don't know, Hit Tracker is run by a great guy called Greg Rybarcyzk and tracks EVERY home run hit. Moreover, because Greg is a physics whiz he identifies the requisite parameters to allow each home run ball to be adjusted depending on altitude, wind direction, wind strength, temperature etc. This means we can actually compare home run distances across different parks. This allows us to do some pretty cool stuff. Want to know who hit the furthest home run in The Ted last year? Ask Hit Tracker. Want to know if Francouer's bomb in Mile High City would have cleared the long center field fence at Fenway? Ask Hit Tracker. Anyway, here are the home run results Turner Field 2006. First take a look at who hit the longest home run:Possibly, no definitely, one of the best baseball sites on the web is
Date Hitter True Distance 09/30/06 Berkman, Lance 472 04/30/06 Francoeur, Jeff 463 05/13/06 LeCroy, Matthew 454 05/18/06 Francoeur, Jeff 452 06/20/06 Glaus, Troy 451 06/20/06 Jones, Andruw 448 07/01/06 Jones, Chipper 448 09/27/06 Francoeur, Jeff 445 06/18/06 Ramirez, Manny 444 07/09/06 Dunn, Adam 443 05/18/06 Francoeur, Jeff 442 05/18/06 Abercrombie, Reggie 441 07/26/06 Borchard, Joe 441 07/09/06 Jones, Andruw 441 04/13/06 Francoeur, Jeff 440Now have a look at what happens if we control for atmospheric conditions:
Date Hitter Std Distance 05/18/06 Abercrombie, Reggie 469 05/18/06 Francoeur, Jeff 450 6/5/06 Francoeur, Jeff 447 04/30/06 Francoeur, Jeff 446 06/20/06 Jones, Andruw 445 8/12/06 Fielder, Prince 445 7/1/06 Jones, Chipper 444 05/18/06 Francoeur, Jeff 442 09/30/06 Berkman, Lance 436 06/20/06 Glaus, Troy 436 09/27/06 Francoeur, Jeff 436 04/13/06 Francoeur, Jeff 436 9/8/06 LaRoche, Adam 436 07/26/06 Borchard, Joe 435Wow, that makes a difference. No-one would imagine that Reggie Abercrombie would hold the distance record -- chalk it down to luck. However, what is clear is that Frenchy can hit the ball a mile. He appears 4 times in the top 10, the most of any player. Does that mean he is the longest Brave?
Hitter Std Distance Francoeur, Jeff 410.2 Renteria, Edgar 404.7 Davies, Kyle 404.0 Jones, Chipper 402.7 Diaz, Matt 402.3 LaRoche, Adam 400.6 Giles, Marcus 400.6 McCann, Brian 398.1Yes, and by some way. Note that there is no sign of Andrew Jones. In fact his average distance was slightly behind McCann's. What does it mean for 2007? Frenchy will continue to develop power for sure. Andruw? Who knows. I'd look for him to be on this particular leader-board next year.