Saying that the home run was a big part of the Atlanta Braves’ 2023 season would be an understatement. The Braves bashed 307 homers during the regular season, tying the 2019 Minnesota Twins for the most ever in a single season. The next closest team was the Dodgers who finished with 249. The Twins and the Rangers tied for the American League lead with 233.
Atlanta hit a whopping 24 homers that traveled at least 450 feet and had three that eclipsed Ronald Acuña Jr’s 464 foot shot that topped last year’s list. Below is a look at the 10 longest home runs hit by the Braves during the 2023 regular season according to Baseball Savant.
Sean Murphy gets us started with this two-run blast off of Archie Bradley in a blowout win over the Marlins on June 30. This was Murphy’s 14th home run of the season and was his longest of the season.
This is the first of three homers to make the list hit by Austin Riley. This two-run shot off Aaron Nola gave the Braves the early lead in a game that they would go on to win 8-5. It was Riley’s eighth home run of the season. He’d finish the season with 37 which was the fourth most on the team.
This is the first of four homers by Ronald Acuña Jr. to land on the list. Here Acuña jumps on a hanging breaking ball from Michael Lorenzen and sends it 461 feet out to center at Comerica Park. This was Acuña’s 15th home run of the season and he would finish with 41.
Acuña’s sixth home run of the season also traveled 461 feet which ties him with himself for the seventh longest homer by a Braves player this season. This one came off of Marlins lefty Braxton Garrett on a sinker that was down and away. It gave the Braves a 9-4 lead in a game that they would go on to win 14-6.
Riley’s second longest home run of the season came on July 30 at home against Brewers’ right-hander Colin Rea. This first inning blast gave Atlanta a 2-1 lead and they would go on to win 8-6.
Matt Olson set a new franchise record with 54 home runs during the regular season, but this is the only one to make the Top 10 list in terms of distance. It was a majestic one though, traveling 464 feet and landing several rows above the Braves bullpen. The homer gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead and they would win 11-4 to avoid a three-game sweep at home against the Phillies.
Acuña’s second longest home run of the season came on June 3 in Arizona when he crushed an inside sinker from Drey Jameson and drove it 464 feet to left center at Chase Field. This extended the Braves’ lead to 5-1 and they’d win 5-2.
Acuña’s longest homer of the season came at home on May 10 against Boston. I saw this one in person and I am still not sure where it landed, but it appears to have just missed the Hank Aaron Terrace and may have hit the concession stands on the concourse. No matter where it landed, it was the only blemish on a good performance by Boston righty Brayan Bello.
Riley’s longest home run of the season was his first, coming on April 3 in St. Louis off Jake Woodford. It put the Braves in front 1-0 and they would go on to sweep the three-game series.
If you had Travis d’Arnaud in your pool for the Braves’ longest home run of the season, then congratulations. d’Arnaud hit just 11 all season, but this one on June 16 against Colorado was the longest hit by a Braves’ player this season.
Bonus - Shortest home run of the year
The shortest home run of the season hit by a Braves player was Ozzie Albies’ 340 foot shot off Yusei Kikuchi in Toronto that just made it into the bullpen in left. Toronto would walk this game off in the ninth to complete a sweep in what was one of the most frustrating three-game series of the season for the Braves.