The Brewers may be 11-18, but the Yankees are 10-17. That must mean something or maybe it’s inconclusive. More data needed. Mike Stanton may have launched a 470 foot something home run yesterday, but Joey Meyer who played two seasons with the Brewers in 1988 and 1989 and hit a total of 18 home runs blasted what some believe to be the longest home run in professional baseball history.
Of course it was in Mile High city when Meyer was playing for the Denver Zephyrs, the Brewers AAA affiliate at the time. Strange that a zephyr by definition is a gently, mild breeze because estimated distance of Meyer’s home run was 582 feet (see below for a tinted window rendition of the actual blast) Who needs gravity! It happened on June 3rd, 1987 and I for one would like that day to become a holiday with kids and adults all over north and south america and the islands, australia, europe, japan, and korea too grabbing bats and balls of whiffle and wood and leather launching moon shots of their own in the various makeshift homespun stadium backyards, school yards, sand dunes, dojo dens and so on.
Tough times for Brewers pitchers, especially the starters….2nd fewest strikeouts in all of baseball and 2nd most home runs allowed. I guess that means balls are being put into play or out of play quite often.
The good news is that Brewers lead off hitter and right fielder Domingo Santana is 17th in all of baseball in seeing 4.30 pitches per plate appearance (P/PA), Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is 36th with 4.19 P/PA and shortstop Jonathan Villar is 68th with 4.02. It may seem like I’m showing off with my new knowledge of this esoteric acronymed stat P/PA, but I’m not. It’s more of a sadistic quality I never knew I possessed…seeing the opposing pitcher so flustered, even jake Arrieta almost walked Santana a few weeks ago, 9 pitch at bat.
Translation of all this picky plate selection…Brewers are 6th in all of baseball with 111 walks. This patience approach is a massive makeover, a radical 180 degree shift in recent Brewers temperament. It began when Craig Counsell took over as manager and continued when the new GM was hired.
I can’t remember the GM’s name for the moment. But Counsell liked taking pitches, 4.00 pitches per plate appearance over his 16 year career. The MLB average is 3.75. Yep, those free swinging wild days of recent Brewer teams are gone, no more Carlos Gomez corkscrewing into the cartoon earth. The new players brought in – Chris Carter, Jonathan Villar, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, mirror Counsell’s patient approach and so the batter who makes a pitcher pitch the most wins a shot and a beer.
I can be a bit fickle, but when it comes to Brewers, there’s always something to cheer. Hoooo Rah for the stare down, stand-off, 12 pitch at bat as the greatest thing since Joey Meyer’s 528 monster blast mile high Denver, excuse me, 582 feet. Incidentally the guy at the plate to greet Meyer was Brad Komminsk, yeh that Komminsk, in the days after his Babe Ruth hype had passed, but Komminsk did lead the Zephyrs that year with 32 homers.