Brew Crew Blasts #1: Weeks Way Out

Mike McGinnis

The longest home run hit by a Brewer in 2012 came off the bat of Rickie Weeks against the Cardinals on July 17.

Brew Crew Blasts is a look at the ten longest home runs hit by Brewer batters during the 2012 season, as measured by Hit Tracker Online. This is the second week for the daily series, and here are the home runs we've already covered:

10) Carlos Gomez against the Nationals on July 26, 439 feet
9) Aramis Ramirez against the Royals on June 14, 440 feet
8)
Rickie Weeks against the Padres on October 1, 441 feet

7)
Carlos Gomez against the Diamondbacks on June 30, 442 feet
6)
Rickie Weeks against the Nationals on July 29, 443 feet
5)
Ryan Braun against the Rockies on April 21, 448 feet
4) Corey Hart against the Twins on May 20, 449 feet

3) Aramis Ramirez against the Mets on September 16, 458 feet
2)
Ryan Braun against the Cubs on August 30, 460 feet

In the end, of course it had to be Rickie Weeks. The Brewers have lots of home run hitters, but no one who can match his pure power.

Weeks put that power on display against Joe Kelly and the Cardinals on July 17, interrupting an interview with this solo blast:

If that video doesn't work for you, click here to see it at MLB.com

That ball traveled 462 feet to left center and was traveling 111.5 mph when it left Weeks' bat. It was the longest non-Prince Fielder homer at Miller Park since 2009, when Adam Dunn hit a ball 473 feet against Carlos Villanueva. This was the third time since 2009 Weeks has hit a ball exactly 462 feet, with one of the others coming against new teammate Burke Badenhop in three years ago.

Joe Kelly threw Weeks four pitches in this at bat, and they were all fastballs between 93-94 mph. Weeks homered on the fourth pitch after likely missing an opportunity to do so on the pitch before:

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via www.brooksbaseball.net

Weeks had three of the Brewers' ten longest home runs in 2012. He also had two on the list last year and two of the top three in 2010.

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