Bellinger’s home run on Sunday was his longest yet

It’s one of those things that unless you were looking for it, you probably missed it. You are probably unaware that Dodgers rookie phenom Cody Bellinger‘s two-run home run on Sunday night against the New York Mets at Citi Field was his longest of the season which, of course, makes it the longest of his brief major league career.

According to Twitter’s Home Run Tracker (@Dinger Tacker), Bellinger’s two-run blast in the top of the eighth inning off of Mets left-hander (yes, left-hander) Josh Smoker that turned a 5-0 Dodgers rout into a 7-0 Dodgers rout traveled 447 feet and had an exit velocity of 105 MPH.

(Image courtesy of Home Run Tracker)

“That one felt good,” said Bellinger of his 32nd home run of the season, which landed just to the right of the Mets Home Run Apple in center field.

According to Home Run Tracker, which uses MLB Statcast, Bellinger’s home run off of Mets left-hander Josh Smoker traveled 447 feet.
Photo credit – Ron Cervenka)

As most Dodger fan know, Bellinger participated in the 2017 All-Star Game Home Run Derby on July 10 and missed advancing to the final round by one home run, slugging 12 home runs to New York Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge‘s 13. Judge would go on to win the contest by slugging 11 home runs in the final round to Minnesota Twins utility infielder / outfielder Miguel Sano‘s 10. In the extremely popular annual slugfest, Bellinger’s longest home run traveled 446 feet. His home run on Sunday night traveled one foot farther.

 

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2 Responses to “Bellinger’s home run on Sunday was his longest yet”

  1. Evan Bladh says:

    I have watched (and heard) the replay of that homer about ten times. Just can’t get enough of the crack of the bat and the echo you hear as he connects. It was truly a thing of beauty. The audio from ESPN was amazing, almost like they had a microphone on this bat.

    • Ron Cervenka says:

      I had a feeling that Belly was going yard in that AB so I decided to shoot the entire AB.

      When he hit it, I stayed on him with the camera during his entire home run trot. It is a remarkable sequence of photos. In fact, I had to ask Truebluewill where the ball landed. lol!

      As you said, the crack of the bat was almost deafening, like hearing a high-powered rifle shot on a very quiet morning during a hunt. It’s an entirely different sound than when Puig hits a home run, which I’m guessing is because Belly generates more bat speed than Yasiel (just a guess).

      This kid is special, Evan; something that I could tell the moment I first laid eyes on him at Rancho Cucamonga in 2015. We’re talking history-making special here.

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