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Bryce Harper's 10 Longest Home Runs of 2013

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMay 31, 2013

Bryce Harper's 10 Longest Home Runs of 2013

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    Bryce Harper is among the league leaders in home runs this season for the Washington Nationals, despite battling some injuries during the course of the year.

    His tenacity on the field might result in missing some time with injuries, but it also results in some monstrous home runs over the course of a season.

    Let's take a look at Harper's 10 longest home runs in 2013, as noted by hittrackeronline.com.

    The distances provided in the upcoming slides will be presented in "true distance", which is defined by hittrackeronline.com as being, "If the home run flew uninterrupted all the way back to field level, the actual distance the ball traveled from home plate, in feet. If the ball's flight was interrupted before returning all the way down to field level (as is usually the case), the estimated distance the ball would have traveled if its flight had continued uninterrupted all the way down to field level."

    The statistic for "number of parks" is also from hittrackeronline.com and explained as being "if the ball had been struck in weather conditions of 70 degrees and no wind" with a maximum of 30 (ballparks) and a low value of zero."

10. 381 Feet, off Madison Bumgarner

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    This Bryce Harper blast came off of one of the best pitchers in the game on May 22 in San Francisco and traveled over 380 feet at a tough park to hit home runs.

    Madison Bumgarner served it up and Harper had no problem depositing it 381 feet away. 

    Harper is 3-for-9 lifetime off of Bumgarner, with this home run being his only extra base hit off of the pitcher.

    The home run would have been a home run in 29 ballparks around the majors.

9. 388 Feet, Great American Blast

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    Bryce Harper blasted his ninth-longest home run of the season out of hitter-friendly  Great American Ball Park off of the Cincinnati Reds' Mike Leake on April 6.

    The home run traveled 388 feet and was one of only two of Harper's home runs that would have been out of all 30 major league ballparks.

8. 406 Feet off Nolasco for the First Time

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    There is one thing that is a given for Bryce Harper: He loves hitting against Miami Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco, as you will be able to tell in the next couple of slides.

    Harper smashed this home run at home against Nolasco on April 1 for a home run that traveled 406 feet. The ball would have left 28 MLB parks and was his first of the night off of Nolasco.

    His second of the same night is next on the list.

7. 410 Feet in Fourth Inning off Nolasco

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    By the fourth inning of the same game on April 1, Ricky Nolasco was likely tired of seeing Bryce Harper.

    Harper proceeded by launching a 410-foot blast off ,him which was particularly interesting for two reasons, the first of which is that the home run was aided 39 feet by wind, the most of any of Harper's home runs this season.

    It is estimated that the homer would have traveled only 372 feet with no aid from the wind or temperature. That would have resulted in a home run in only 23 ballparks, the least of any of his home runs.

    Nevertheless, Harper victimized Nolasco again and is 9-for-20 off of the Miami Marlins pitcher.

6. 420 Feet off Gavin Floyd

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    This Bryce Harper home run at home on April 10 off of Gavin Floyd of the White Sox was the lowest horizontal angle (normal readings being between 45 and 135 degrees) of any of his home runs at 58.3 degrees. This means it was the home run that Bryce pulled the most with his shot down the right field line.

    More importantly, the home run reached the highest apex of any of Harper's home runs at 108 feet and would have been out of all 30 ballparks in the majors.

    This is the only home run of Harper's that ESPN.com would classify as a "No Doubt" home run, defined by hittrackeronline.com as when a "ball cleared the fence by at least 20 vertical feet and landed at least 50 feet past the fence."

5. 423-Foot Shot off Hefner

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    In one of the more difficult stadiums to hit a home run, Brycer Harper smashed a 423-foot home run off Jeremy Hefner of the Mets in the third inning at Citi Field on April 20 

    Two things that stood about about this home run included that of any of his 2013 home runs, this was the lowest-elevation angle off his bat at 17.8 degrees and logged the fastest speed off his bat at 117.1 mph.

    The home run would have sailed out of 28 of 30 ballparks.

4. 427 Feet off Anibal Sanchez

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    Bryce Harper destroyed an Anibal Sanchez pitch to the tune of a 427-foot shot in a game against the Detroit Tigers at Nationals Park on May 8.

    This home run came off of one of the elite pitchers in the American League in 2013 and would have traveled out of 26 MLB parks.

3. 432 Feet at PETCO Park

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    Bryce Harper does not mind big ballparks and proved it once again with a 432-foot home run off of  San Diego's Tyson Ross at PETCO Park on May 16.

    The monster blast was Harper's third-longest of the season and would have traveled out of 27 ballparks.

2. 433 Feet off of the Mets' Josh Edgin

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    Citi Field was no match for Bryce Harper's second-longest home run of the season, a 433-foot shot off of the Mets' Josh Edgin on April 20 that Harper hit at 107.4 mph off of his bat.

    This ball actually would have traveled four feet farther with ideal temperature and no wind, sending it out of 29 ballparks.

1. 434 Feet off Bronson Arroyo

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    This was a true Bryce Bomb at Nationals Park.

    Bryce Harper took Bronson Arroyo of the Reds deep for a 434-foot home run on April 25 that, surprisingly, would have only traveled out of 26 parks.

    Harper will look to do more damage against Arroyo the next time they face each other. Harper is 4-for-5 lifetime off of Arroyo with a home run, a double and a walk.

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