Friends, fans, and family members, welcome back to another installment of Touch ‘em All Time, our weekly look at the home runs of last week and the men who hit them. Before getting into this week’s candidates, with a definitive 65% of last week’s vote, congratulations are in order for Edwin Encarnacion and his mammoth 451 foot bomb off of Daniel Mengden. Relive it and all of its glory here. And now, onto this week’s candidates!
Francisco Lindor (5/31/17 v. Sean Manaea, WPA .135)
It wasn’t a great week for the Cleveland Indians (they went 2-4 since our last installment), but there were some pretty neat home runs just the same. Kicking off this week is Francisco Lindor (again) and his game tying shot to the bleachers in left field against the Oakland A’s.
Carlos Santana (6/3/17 v. Jason Hammel, WPA .102)
Carlos Santana hit his seventh home run of the season to open the scoring on Saturday against the Royals. The rest of the game unfortunately happened, but for a brief moment, the Indians looked poised to take a game from the Royals.
Bradley Zimmer (6/3/17 v. Jason Hammel, WPA .164)
Did I say a brief moment? I meant four and a half innings. Bradley Zimmer added some insurance later in the second inning by launching a two run jack to the seats just in front of the fountain in right center field. Again, it was unfortunate how the rest of the game played out, but man is Bradley Zimmer strong.
Jason Kipnis (6/4/17 v. Chris Young, WPA .008)
THIS game was much better than the day prior. Unfortunately, Kip’s home run did little to change the outcome of the game since the Indians were already up 7-0 by the time Jason launched a ball into the fountain in Kansas City. I don’t know the exact rules of interstate conquest, but I’m pretty sure that that section of Kauffman Stadium now belongs to Cleveland.
Lonnie Chisenhall (6/6/17 v. Antonio Senzatela, WPA .037)
Ahh, we missed you, Lonald. In his first game since returning from the DL, Chisentray absolutely crushed a ball to the seats in right field, providing a momentary spark of offense that would ultimately prove futile. But hey, Lonnie Chisenhall is back, baby.
Bradley Zimmer (6/6/17 v. Antonio Senzatela, WPA .020)
Ah, I see that Bradley Zimmer is going to become a mainstay in these weekly recaps, eh? Fine by me. For his second trick of the week, Invader Zim launched an oppo taco (is that actually a phrase?...It is?...there’s a whole segment on MLB Tonight devoted to this as well as a clothing line?...Who invented this?...Victor Rojas, you say? Rojas, what have you done?) to the seats in left field. It wouldn’t be enough as the Colorado
Rockies Mark Reynoldses would go on to destroy the Cleveland Indians.
Someone mentioned a few weeks back when Yan Gomes hit the train track in Houston that you get bonus points for hitting a team’s novelty. While not quite as great as hitting a train, Kipnis’ bomb into the fountain/waterfall feature in Kansas City was incredibly satisfying. Zimmer’s first home run is a worthy choice as well, but my pick this week goes to Jason Kipnis. Congratulations, Jason!
Which home run was the best of the week?
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Francisco Lindor v. Sean Manaea
Carlos Santana v. Jason Hammel
Bradley Zimmer v. Jason Hammel
Jason Kipnis v. Chris Young
Lonnie Chisenhall v. Antonio Senzatela
Bradley Zimmer v. Antonio Senzatela