Thursday, May 25, 2006

Via "The Hardball Times" comes the newsflash:


Ryan Howard can hit the ball really hard. Now, we have a new website to waste our bosses' time: Hit tracker.

According to Hit Tracker, the longest ball adjusted for atmospheric conditions, ballpark, how far the ball would have travelled if it hadn't hit the bleachers, etc., was smashed by Ryan Howard, with a "true distance" of 491 feet. Fun facts about that homer:

The actual distance was 461 feet.

The ball left his bat at 125.7 mph.

Nine of Howard's HRs this year went for a true distance of over 400 feet. Nine went for an actual distance of at least 400 feet.

Here's the link to watch the HR.

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