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Lance Berkman’s milestone homer is longest in new Busch Stadium history

Jul 5, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

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Lance Berkman hit his NL-best 23rd homer 452 feet Tuesday, making it the longest homer since the new Busch Stadium opened in 2006.

It was the 350th homer of Berkman’s career, and it tied him with Chili Davis for fourth all-time among switch-hitters.  Only Chipper Jones (443), Eddie Murray (504) and Mickey Mantle (536) have hit more.

With the home run, he overtook Matt Kemp for the NL lead this season.  Berkman, though, wasn’t picked to participate in next week’s Home Run Derby by captain Prince Fielder.

  1. ditto65 - Jul 5, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Where was all this production last year, Lance?

    • theolgoaler - Jul 5, 2011 at 8:57 PM

      On his bad knees; “Big Puma” is healthy this year.

      • kiwicricket - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:55 PM

        “Big Puma” isn’t going all NASCAR at Wendy’s drive-thru this year either.

  2. goldensombrero3000 - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Can we give some credit to Volquez’s 96 mph fastball that was middle of the plate and up?

  3. metalhead65 - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    boy that hamilton trade sure has worked out great for the reds hasn’t it? look I get they needed pitching but they got volquez instead so how did this help the reds in any way? spare me the tommy john excuses to, he sucked with the rangers and he sucks with the reds. all you have to do is read the back of his baseball card and know why the rangers wanted to get rid of him. aside from from the first half of the season he had when he came to the reds he has been awful. he is a 5-6 inning max pitcher who gives up that many runs and walks if he lasts that long.

  4. spudchukar - Jul 6, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Hey Fior, still sticking to your flash in the pan prediction?

  5. winkeroni - Jul 6, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    Are the days of the 500ft monster homeruns gone? Maybe it’s because it isn’t my health, but I miss those monsters that Canseco, Palmiero, Sosa, Bonds, Mac, etc, used to hit. They used to hit balls so far it was like something out of a science fiction movie. Those guys were so big that their jerseys fit like underarmor.

    • thefalcon123 - Jul 6, 2011 at 10:44 AM
      Those “500 foot home runs” weren’t 500 feet. For example, Mark McGwire’s famouns 545 foot home run of the Post Dispatch sign in 1998 was actually closer to 470 feet.

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