We're halfway through the longest shots of 2014 now, but before we reach the top five, we're going to take another quick break. While most home runs get out of the park legitimately, some can't leave without a little bit of luck on the batter's side. According to ESPN Home Run Tracker, five home runs hit by the Brewers in 2014 were considered "Lucky". Here are those five home runs:
Ryan Braun, April 8 @ Philadelphia Phillies
Many of us remember Ryan Braun's game from April 8 of this season. In his first game on the road since returning from suspension, the crowd was actively rooting against Braun, but it didn't stop him from having a great game by hitting three home runs. However, the second of those home runs might have been a little lucky for Braun. He hit it to right-center field, and it just cleared the fence at 378 feet. It was barely affected by external factors, only gaining 1 foot due to wind. However, that foot (along with a high fence to stop the fielder from making a jumping catch) was just enough to get it out. It was also lucky he was in Philadelphia on that day, as the home run would have only been one in three MLB parks on a regular day.
Aramis Ramirez, June 12 @ New York Mets
Aramis Ramirez is the only player to make two appearances in this list. His first appearance came against the Jonathon Niese of the Mets on June 12. While the home run measured at 402 feet, it was wind aided and gained 15 feet because of it. The standard distance of 387 feet would have been enough for it to be a home run in only four MLB ballparks.
Jean Segura, June 20 @ Colorado Rockies
The last three home runs on the list all have one thing in common: They were all hit at Coors Field. It was a weekend where everything aligned for the offense to explode. The first of these home runs came from Jean Segura. His home run off of Christian Bergman was impressive by distance, measuring at 429 feet. However, it gained 9 feet due to wind, 2 feet to temperature, and 17 feet to altitude. This resulted in a true distance of 402 feet. Despite this, it was still a legitimate home run in most parks, as it would have cleared the fences in 26 parks on a normal day.
Khris Davis, June 20 @ Colorado Rockies
While Jean Segura's home run may have been a legitimate home run under normal circumstances, Khris Davis definitely got the benefit of the conditions on his home run. Also hit off of Christian Bergman, it measured at 409 feet, but got some major boosts from the conditions. It gained 13 feet due to wind, 5 feet due to the temperature and 29 feet because of the altitude. On a normal day, this hit only travels 366 feet, and would have cleared the fences in only 2 MLB ballparks.
Aramis Ramirez, June 21 @ Colorado Rockies
This may be the luckiest home run that the Brewers hit in 2014. At first glance, this would look like any ordinary home run. Hit off of Christian Friedrich, it's classified as "just enough" on ESPN Home Run Tracker, but was hit a legitimate distance of 427 feet. However, as you saw in the previous two home runs, factors were on Ramirez's side with this shot. The home run gained 13 feet of distance due to wind, 3 feet due to temperature, and 17 feet due to altitude. On a normal day, this home run should have only traveled 397 feet, and would not have been a home run in any MLB ballpark. It is the definition of a lucky home run.
All stats from ESPN Home Run Tracker.