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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Astros commemorate Yordan Álvarez’s mammoth blast with orange seat

Yordan Álvarez’s astonishing home run on Monday will be immortalized forever.

The seat that Álvarez’s ball struck — in the first row of section 337 — was wrapped in orange vinyl on Tuesday afternoon, akin to the commemoration of the three upper deck home runs hit by a Houston player in the Astrodome’s 34-year history.

Eric Anthony, Jimmy Wynn and Doug Rader hit the famous Astrodome homers.

Álvarez’s home run during Monday’s 15-0 win was among his most prodigious of the season. It exited his bat at 113.5 mph — the third hardest-hit ball of his young career — and traveled 416 feet, according to Statcast. Astros historian Mike Acosta disputed Statcast’s measurements, claiming the baseball traveled 431 feet.

Always of interest to see how parks commemorate their most spectacular home runs- wondering how one commemorates those shots that leave the park….

 

QLE Posted: September 11, 2019 at 03:39 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: astros, commemoration, home run, yordan alvarez

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   1. base ball chick Posted: September 11, 2019 at 01:55 PM (#5878429)
sigh

it wasn't a "mammoth blast"

it was a like a 30 degree launch angle that landed just next to foul pole. it was 416' and that is NOT mammoth
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 11, 2019 at 02:23 PM (#5878434)
Well, I hear that everything is smaller in Texas. That's how that goes, right?
   3. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 11, 2019 at 03:02 PM (#5878449)
Right, does anyone really care about the exit velocity of a HR that "only" went 416'? I feel like all of this Statcast stuff is getting blown out of proportion.
   4. DCA Posted: September 11, 2019 at 03:13 PM (#5878453)
I don't understand the controversy about how far it traveled. They know exactly where it landed, right? So measure it.
   5. base ball chick Posted: September 11, 2019 at 03:21 PM (#5878457)
DCA Posted: September 11, 2019 at 03:13 PM (#5878453)

I don't understand the controversy about how far it traveled. They know exactly where it landed, right? So measure it


MEASURE IT???!!!

how are you going to create a legend if you do something like that??????

even if it HAD gone 431' it still wouldn't have been as long as the one he hit just before which went something like 470

it looked like a pop up - a really high arc that dropped down
   6. Nasty Nate Posted: September 11, 2019 at 03:26 PM (#5878459)
Yeah 416 or 431, either way doesn't this dude hit a longer one than that every week?
   7. Accent Shallow is Having an Average Weekend Posted: September 11, 2019 at 03:34 PM (#5878461)
Linked article does not include a video of the HR, which seems like a missed opportunity.
   8. base ball chick Posted: September 11, 2019 at 04:25 PM (#5878471)
here you go - linky-poo
   9. Bote Man Posted: September 11, 2019 at 04:28 PM (#5878473)
I feel like all of this Statcast stuff is getting blown out of proportion.

It's properly proportioned if you include the mandatory "Powered by AWS™" tag.
   10. cardsfanboy Posted: September 11, 2019 at 04:34 PM (#5878476)
I don't understand the controversy about how far it traveled. They know exactly where it landed, right? So measure it.


Because that isn't how far it would have traveled. The seats are higher up in altitude than homeplate, so unless it was a nearly straight up pop up, where the ball lands, is not the distance it would have traveled. For lower level seats it may not be that big of a difference but as you get to the higher level seats it can be a significant distance from how far where it landed, to where it would have landed.
   11. PreservedFish Posted: September 11, 2019 at 05:02 PM (#5878482)
He totally murdered the ball. No, it didn't go super far as measured by distance from home, but it went a mile in the sky.
   12. WSPanic Posted: September 11, 2019 at 05:09 PM (#5878483)
Right, does anyone really care about the exit velocity of a HR that "only" went 416'? I feel like all of this Statcast stuff is getting blown out of proportion.


I don't think they're commemorating it because of the exit velo. But, instead, because it landed so close to the top of the stadium. Wouldn't that be the opposite of stat cast run amok? They're basically saying "we don't care if it didn't go that far - look where it landed!!!"
   13. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 11, 2019 at 05:19 PM (#5878484)
He totally murdered the ball. No, it didn't go super far as measured by distance from home, but it went a mile in the sky.
Yeah, but we're talking about an orange seat here. If we aren't vigilant about guarding the integrity of the orange seats, I promise you, the consequences will be grave.
   14. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 11, 2019 at 05:27 PM (#5878485)
I don't think they're commemorating it because of the exit velo. But, instead, because it landed so close to the top of the stadium. Wouldn't that be the opposite of stat cast run amok? They're basically saying "we don't care if it didn't go that far - look where it landed!!!"

Yes, I was reacting to the excerpt which mentioned exit velocity and distance but not the fact that the HR landed in the upper deck (which is not obvious from the section number - at Citi Field, for example, the upper deck is the 400s and 500s). And the distance wasn't *that* impressive. But yes, upon watching the video it does *look* really impressive.

   15. A triple short of the cycle Posted: September 11, 2019 at 07:12 PM (#5878504)
The first homer that Sean Murphy hit the next night was pretty impressive - it went 448 feet according to the video caption. Murphy's scouting report says he can hit for contact and may develop power:

He's a threat at the plate as well, with a short swing from the right side of the plate to go with a high contact rate. He's not afraid to draw walks and there could be 20-homer potential in the future.

The guy is 6-3, 235# and has homered three times in his first 15 AB. Yeah, I'd say he has 20-homer potential.

Also, Alvarez is a beast.
   16. Howie Menckel Posted: September 11, 2019 at 07:42 PM (#5878508)
at the Mall of America in Minnesota, they have a hard-to-notice little plaque on the ground in the middle of the action at the exact spot where home plate was located at the Twins' old stadium.

then if you walk 522 feet, you may notice a "Harmon Killebrew Tribute Chair" - the spot where he hit the stadium's longest homer.

it's nicely understated, and fun if you happen to notice both.
   17. Walt Davis Posted: September 12, 2019 at 04:56 AM (#5878591)
When I croak, will you guys give me a Tribute Chair? Everything I've contributed to this site (less than zero?) was done while sitting.

I don't think they're commemorating it because of the exit velo. But, instead, because it landed so close to the top of the stadium. Wouldn't that be the opposite of stat cast run amok? They're basically saying "we don't care if it didn't go that far - look where it landed!!!"

Which is why Glenallen Hill's bomb is more memorable than Kingman's (much less any of Sammy's).

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