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Brew Crew Blasts, #2: Fielder Reaches New Heights

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This is Part Nine of a ten part series looking at the Brewers' longest home runs of 2011, as measured by Hit Tracker Online. The first eight parts in the series can be accessed here:

Rank Hitter Distance Date Link
3 Rickie Weeks
451 feet
July 19
Post (w/ video)
4 Prince Fielder
451 feet September 27
Post (w/ video)
5 Ryan Braun
445 feet March 31 Post (w/ video)
6 Ryan Braun
444 feet April 3
Post (w/ video)
7 Prince Fielder 443 feet July 5 Post (w/ video)
8 Corey Hart 443 feet July 19 Post (w/ video)
9 Rickie Weeks 443 feet September 27 Post (w/ video)
10 Corey Hart 441 feet May 23 Post (w/ video)

As the end of July approached, the Brewers were getting hot. They entered play on July 30 as winners of four straight, holding a game and a half lead in the NL Central that they would never relinquish. On a Saturday night at Miller Park they beat the Astros 6-2, and the exclamation point was one of the longest homers in Miller Park history:

That ball traveled 471 feet and was clocked traveling 117 mph off Fielder's bat, the fastest recorded speed by a Brewer hitter in 2011.

This was the fourth ball Fielder has hit more than 470 feet in his career. We'll look at another one on Monday.