Home Run Damage Report, 2014 Week 1

For an introduction to Home Run Damage read this page.

This report covers games from Saturday, March 22nd through Saturday, April 5th.

Most Damaging: Giancarlo Stanton, 6.55 HRD

Most Average Home Run (HRD closest to 0.00): Juan Lagares, -0.01 HRD

Least Damaging: Mark Trumbo, -4.41 HRD

Fastest off the Bat: Giancarlo Stanton, 118.8 mph, 6.55 HRD

Slowest off the Bat: Mike Olt, 92.9 mph, -4.05 HRD

Most Towering: Brandon Hicks, 155 feet, 3.73 HRD

Most Line Drive: Kole Calhoun, 54 feet, 0.35 HRD

Closest to straight center: Mike Napoli, 89.7 Degree Exit Angle, 1.10 HRD

Data from ESPN Home Run Tracker


Re-naming and alphabetizing MLB teams by division – National League

Something I have noticed, and maybe you have too, is that every MLB division has a few team names that are very close in the alphabet to each other. In fact, each division has at least two names in a row when all the teams in the majors are alphabetized, ever since the Devil Rays became the Rays. Now thanks to the Astros’ move to the AL West, all have at least three names in a row, with the exception of the AL East. This creates an interesting phenomenon: by changing ten of the team names in MLB, an alphabetized list of all teams will also be sorted by division. I intend on changing those ten names in order to create such a list.

Previously, I completed the alphabetization of the American League. Now I will do so for the National League.

NL East

Atlanta Braves

In 2017, the Braves will be moving to Cobb County. Like the Indians, there has been some controversy surrounding the team’s connection to Native Americans. No longer! The Braves name doesn’t match up with the Ms and Ns of the NL West, so they will have to change. It should be no big deal, since the team has had six names and three cities in its 140-year history.

A name change to the Atlanta No-Fun-In-Baseballs would be relevant and alphabetically acceptable, but perhaps there are better names from which to choose. Cobb County has many high points, so how about the Mountaineers? Fans could still do The Chop, it would just signify a climber sticking an ice axe into a slope.

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Re-naming and alphabetizing MLB teams by division – American League

Something I have noticed, and maybe you have too, is that every MLB division has a few team names that are very close in the alphabet to each other. In fact, each division has at least two names in a row when all the teams in the majors are alphabetized, ever since the Devil Rays became the Rays. Now thanks to the Astros’ move to the AL West, all have at least three names in a row, with the exception of the AL East. This creates an interesting phenomenon: by changing ten of the team names in MLB, an alphabetized list of all teams will also be sorted by division. I intend on changing those ten names in order to create such a list.

AL East

Toronto Blue Jays

Baseball has some fascination with colorful birds; the Blue Jays, Orioles, and Cardinals are all named after them. As much as I like colorful birds, the Blue Jays are going to have to switch to something closer to the middle of the alphabet. Depending on other name changes in the NL East, they will have to fit in the N to R range. Other Toronto sports names include the Argonauts, Maple Leafs, and Raptors. Apparently, Toronto likes all of its professional teams to have a main color of blue, which adds more complexity to this re-brand.

One idea is to play on the Canadian aspect and call them the Provincialists, or Provs for short, similar to the Metropolitans of New York. Another regional choice is the Toronto Ontarios, but that’s as ridiculous as calling a team from Houston the Texans (or from Montreal the Canadiens)!

I had some difficulty coming up with a great name, so I asked someone from Toronto! Blake Murphy came up with the idea of Pterodactyls, simply to match the dinosaur theme of the Toronto Raptors. And I love it. First team down, the Toronto Pterodactyls.

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Home Run Damage Report, 2013 Weeks 13, 14, and 15

For an introduction to Home Run Damage along with a list of all 2013 home runs, read this page.

This report covers games from Friday, June 21st through Thursday, July 11th.

Most Damaging: Jay Bruce, 5.10 HRD, # in 2013, #112 Overall

Most Average Home Run (HRD closest to 0.00): Pedro Alvarez, 0.00 HRD and Carlos Quentin, 0.00 HRD

Least Damaging: Billy Butler, -5.10 HRD

Highest Perception Score: Pedro Alvarez, 218 HRP, 4.05 HRD

Lowest Perception Score: Dustin Pedroia, -72 HRP, -4.08 HRD

Fastest off the Bat: Hanley Ramirez, 116.7 mph, 4.63 HRD

Slowest off the Bat: Billy Butler, 91.5 mph, -5.10 HRD

Most Towering: Juan Francisco, 168 feet, -1.73 HRD

Most Line Drive: Leonys Martin, 45 feet, -0.34 HRD

Closest to straight center: Kendrys Morales, 90 Degree Exit Angle, 1.76 HRD

First Career Home Run: Logan Schafer, 1.01 HRD; Ed Lucas, 0.76 HRD; Sean Halton, 0.35 HRD; Marc Krauss, -0.01 HRD; Stephen Vogt, -0.44 HRD; Jake Elmore, -0.65 HRD; Zoilo Almonte, -0.95 HRD; Josh Satin, -1.82 HRD; Josh Phegley, -2.02 HRD; Wil Myers, -2.31 HRD; Munenori Kawasaki, -2.86 HRD

Data from ESPN Home Run Tracker


Home Run Damage Report, 2013 Weeks 11 and 12

For an introduction to Home Run Damage along with a list of all 2013 home runs, read this page.

This report covers games from Friday, June 7th through Thursday, June 20th.

Most Damaging: Matt Holliday, 4.78 HRD, #14 in 2013, #176 Overall

Most Average Home Run (HRD closest to 0.00): J.P. Arencibia, 0.00 HRD

Least Damaging: Nick Hundley, -5.22 HRD

Highest Perception Score: Marlon Byrd, 195 HRP, 2.25 HRD

Lowest Perception Score: Jonny Gomes, -80 HRP, -2.19 HRD

Fastest off the Bat: Brandon Moss, 115.1 mph, 3.12 HRD

Slowest off the Bat: Anthony Rendon, 92 mph, -4.92 HRD

Most Towering: Chris Davis, 151 feet, -1.92 HRD

Most Line Drive: Hanley Ramirez, 41 feet, 0.29 HRD

Closest to straight center: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 89.9 Degree Exit Angle, 1.28 HRD

Walk-off: Nolan Arenado, 6/7/13, -0.23 HRD; Jay Bruce, 6/14/13, -3.03 HRD; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, 6/16/13, 0.33 HRD; Paul Goldschmidt, 6/18/13, 2.64 HRD;  Jonny Gomes, 6/18/13, -2.19 HRDJhonny Peralta, 6/20/13, -1.86 HRD

First Career Home Run: Scooter Gennett, 0.57 HRD; Mike Zunino, -0.27 HRD; David Lough, -1.43 HRD; Jeff Kobernus, -1.51 HRD; Kris Medlen, -1.72 HRDAnthony Rendon, -4.92 HRD

Data from ESPN Home Run Tracker


Home Run Damage Report, 2013 Week 10

For an introduction to Home Run Damage along with a list of all 2013 home runs, read this page.

This report covers games from Friday, May 31st through Thursday, June 6th.

Most Damaging: Mark Trumbo, 4.56 HRD, #19 in 2013, #252 Overall

Most Average Home Run (HRD closest to 0.00): Daniel Nava, -0.01 HRD

Least Damaging: Drew Stubbs, -5.04 HRD

Highest Perception Score: Garrett Jones, 222 HRP, 4.35 HRD

Lowest Perception Score: Dustin Pedroia, -99 HRP, -3.02 HRD

Fastest off the Bat: Garrett Jones, 115.6 mph, 4.35 HRD

Slowest off the Bat: Drew Stubbs, 91.2 mph, -5.04 HRD

Most Towering: Dustin Pedroia, 149 feet, -3.02 HRD

Most Line Drive: James Loney, 46 feet, -0.81 HRD and Mark Teixeira, 46 feet, -1.82 HRD

Closest to straight center: Yunel Escobar, 90.8 Degree Exit Angle, 1.56 HRD and Michael Cuddyer, 89.2 Degree Exit Angle, 0.48 HRD

Walk-off: Chris Dickerson, 5/31/13, 1.48 HRD; John Mayberry Jr., 6/4/13, -0.46 HRD; David Ortiz, 6/6/13, 1.13 HRD

First Career Home Run: Yasiel Puig, 2.63 HRD; Tim Federowicz, -2.86 HRD; Shelby Miller, 1.43 HRD; Jackie Bradley Jr., 1.02 HRD; Chris Herrmann,-2.05 HRD; Edinson Volquez, -2.89 HRD

Data from ESPN Home Run Tracker


Home Run Damage Report, 2013 Week 9

For an introduction to Home Run Damage along with a list of all 2013 home runs, read this page.

This report covers games from Friday, May 24th through Thursday, May 30th.

Most Damaging: Adam Jones, 5.34 HRD, #4 in 2013, #77 Overall

Most Average Home Run (HRD closest to 0.00): Carlos Gomez, 0.02 HRD

Least Damaging: Dustin Pedroia, -5.60 HRD

Highest Perception Score: Roger Bernadina, 230 HRP, 2.36 HRD

Lowest Perception Score: James Loney, -82 HRP, -2.37 HRD

Fastest off the Bat: Adam Jones, 118.4 mph, 5.34 HRD

Slowest off the Bat: Marlon Byrd, 90.8 mph, -5.29 HRD

Most Towering: David Ortiz, 151 feet, -1.65 HRD

Most Line Drive: Jason Kipnis, 41 feet, -3.37 HRD

Closest to straight center: Xavier Paul, 89.2 Degree Exit Angle, 2.77 HRD 

Walk-off: Angel Pagan, 5/25/13, Inside-the-Park Home run, no HRD (but would have been -2.85)

First Career Home Run: Mike Minor, 0.84 HRD; Nick Franklin, 0.76 HRD; and Scott Feldman, -0.48 HRD

Data from ESPN Home Run Tracker


Home Run Damage Report, 2013 Week 8

For an introduction to Home Run Damage along with a list of all 2013 home runs, read this page.

This report covers games from Friday, May 17th through Thursday, May 23rd.

Most Damaging: Colby Rasmus, 5.96 HRD, #2 in 2013, #28 Overall

Most Average Home Run (HRD closest to 0.00): Ryan Braun and Chris Dickerson, 0.00 HRD

Least Damaging: Evan Gattis, -4.66 HRD

Highest Perception Score: Pedro Alvarez, 195 HRP, 4.74 HRD

Lowest Perception Score: Mark Reynolds, -31 HRP, -2.51 HRD

Fastest off the Bat: Colby Rasmus, 118.1 mph, 5.96 HRD

Slowest off the Bat: Evan Gattis, 93.2 mph, -5.96 HRD

Most Towering: Josh Willingham, 130 feet, -0.75 HRD and Mark Trumbo, 130 feet, -0.78 HRD

Most Line Drive: Edwin Encarnacion, 45 feet, -0.89 HRD

Closest to straight center: Mike Trout, 90.0 Degree Exit Angle, 4.15 HRD 

Walk-off: Jason Kipnis, 5/17/13, -3.65 HRD; Freddy Galvis, 5/19/13, -0.70 HRD; Yan Gomes, 5/20/13, -0.83 HRD; Nate McLouth, 5/21/13, 1.86 HRD; Pablo Sandoval, 5/21/13, 4.20 HRD

First Career Home Run: Juan Lagares, -0.73 HRD and David Adams, -2.51 HRD

Data from ESPN Home Run Tracker


Home Run Damage Report, 2013 Week 7

For an introduction to Home Run Damage along with a list of all 2013 home runs, read this page.

This report covers games from Friday, May 10th through Thursday, May 16th.

Most Damaging: Prince Fielder, 4.48 HRD, #13 in 2013, #268 Overall

Most Average Home Run (HRD closest to 0.00): Mike Moustakas, 0.00 HRD

Least Damaging: Adrian Beltre, -5.81 HRD

Highest Perception Score: Pablo Sandoval, 158 HRP, -0.60 HRD

Lowest Perception Score: Raul Ibanez, -51 HRP, -3.17 HRD

Fastest off the Bat: Albert Pujols, 116.1 mph, 4.23 HRD

Slowest off the Bat: Adrian Beltre, 91.2 mph, -5.81 HRD

Most Towering: Todd Helton, 142 feet, 0.61 HRD

Most Line Drive: Adam Jones, 43 feet, -3.16 HRD

Closest to straight center: Lucas Duda, 90.0 Degree Exit Angle, 0.93 HRD 

Walk-off: Evan Longoria, 5/11/13, 4.11 HRD and Andrew McCutchen, 5/14/13, -0.78 HRD

First Career Home Run: Derek Dietrich, 1.49 HRD; Avisail Garcia, 0.40 HRD; Donald Lutz, -1.40 HRD

Data from ESPN Home Run Tracker


Home Run Damage Report, 2013 Week 6

For an introduction to Home Run Damage along with a list of all 2013 home runs, read this page.

This report covers games from Friday, May 3rd through Thursday, May 9th.

Most Damaging: David Wright, 5.33 HRD – #3 in 2013, #78 overall

Most Average Home Run (HRD closest to 0.00): Guillermo Quiroz, 0.01 HRD

Least Damaging: Mark DeRosa, -4.72 HRD

Highest Perception Score: David Ross, 206 HRP, 2.67 HRD

Lowest Perception Score: Dustin Pedroia, -58 HRP, -3.75 HRD

Fastest off the Bat: David Wright, 115.5 mph, 5.33 HRD

Slowest off the Bat: Victor Martinez, 92.6 mph, -4.45 HRD

Most Towering: Asdrubal Cabrera, 141 feet, -2.88 HRD

Most Line Drive: Adam Lind, 50 feet, 1.02 HRD

Closest to straight center: Michael Cuddyer, 90.2 Degree Exit Angle, 1.46 HRD and Mark DeRosa, 90.2 Degree Exit Angle, 0.91 HRD

Walk-off: Buster Posey, 5/3/13, 0.69 HRD, Guillermo Quiroz, 5/4/13, 0.01 HRD, Shin-Soo Choo 5/7/13, 0.53 HRD

First Career Home Run: Aaron Hicks, 0.72 HRD; Marcell Ozuna, -1.90 HRD

Data from ESPN Home Run Tracker


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