The Cubs hit 199 home runs during the regular season and another 20 in the postseason. The Cubs were 13th in baseball in longballs and fifth in the National League behind the Cardinals (225), Mets (218), Rockies (204) and Nationals (203).
Kris Bryant (39) and Anthony Rizzo (32) led the Cubs in home runs It is no surprise that Bryzzo hit two of the Cubs’ five longest home runs according to Statcast in route to their team winning 103 games, the NL Central Division Crown and the best record in baseball (103-58-1).
Anthony Rizzo hit the fifth longest Cubs homer of the season on July 20 against the Mets off Bartolo Colon. Rizzo’s shot went 451 feet to the bleachers in right field.
Jorge Soler took Phillies’ lefty Adam Morgan out to left on May 27. The fourth longest homer of the season hit by a Cubs’ player traveled 460.6 feet. Soler dented the video board in left at Wrigley.
Willson Contreras went yard on Sept. 19 a titanic blast off the Reds’ Tim Adelman that ended up on Waveland after going 460.8 feet.
Addison Russell launched a 465 foot blast at Coors Field on Aug. 21 off Jorge De La Rosa for the second longest Cubs’ homer of the season.
And the day before Russell’s shot, Kris Bryant hit a mammoth 469 foot home run off Jeff Hoffman. Bryant’s three-run homer was the longest dinger hit by a Cubs’ player this season.
The Cubs had nine players reach double digits in home runs: David Ross (10), Jorge Soler (12), Willson Contreras (12), Dexter Fowler (13), Javier Baez (14), Ben Zobrist (18), Addison Russell (21), Anthony Rizzo (32) and Kris Bryant (39).
Bryant, Rizzo, Russell, Contreras and Soler hit a combined 116 homers on the season.
News, Notes and Rumors
• According to Bruce Levine, the Mariners and Cubs had conversations about Taijuan Walker several times over the last couple of years. Levine reported the two teams continued those talks recently before he was traded to Arizona. The Mariners wanted and asked the Cubs for Javier Baez in return for Walker.
• Keith Law posted his thoughts on the Diamondbacks-Mariners deal. And he likes the deal for the Diamondbacks and questioned how much adding Jean Segura will actually help the Mariners.
• For those that missed it, Jayson Stark reported Wednesday that after day-long labor talks, two sources told him there is a “path to a deal” between the MLB and MLBPA to avoid a lockout next week. Buster Olney indicated baseball may reach a snag in the negotiations for the new CBA, but talk of a work stoppage is premature. And Maury Brown asked as the deadline looms, is the talk of an MLB lockout just saber-rattling.
• Kris Bryant is overwhelmed by the responses since the Cubs won The World Series according to Comcast SportsNet.
• According to John Harper of the New York Daily News, Gleyber Torres has a real chance to make the Yankees great again.
• Jon Heyman reported that he heard Chris Sale’s price tag “maybe even higher” than it was in July. The White Sox are looking for a ton in return for Chris Sale (at least five top prospects), which they should. Heyman thinks a deal could take place at the Winter Meetings.
• Dexter Fowler tweeted while he was watching the World Series film, “Watching the World Series movie for the first time and my heat is racing like I’m playing it again. Mann, can’t believe it.” Fowler is co-hosting the 13th Annual Players Trust Golf Tournament in January.
And last, but not least, Anthony Rizzo received a very good reception by Cubs fans in Thailand.
— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) November 25, 2016
This Day in Cubstory
2013 – Cubs selected George Kottaras off waivers from the Royals
2007 – Cubs signed free agent Kerry Wood to a one-year, $4.2 million contract
2003 – Cubs signed free agent Fernando Lunar
2002 – Cubs acquired Paul Bako from the Brewers for a PTBNL. Cubs sent Ryan Gripp to the Brewers on Dec. 16, 2000 to complete the trade
2000 – Cubs signed free agent Rick Short
1983 – Matt Garza, born
1962 – Cubs selected Glenn Beckert from the Red Sox in the First-Year Draft
1962 – Orioles selected Curt Motton from the Cubs in the First-Year Draft
1957 – Cubs released Charlie Silvera
1956 – Ron Meridith, both
1955 – Jay Howell, born
1947 – Richie Hebner, born
1947 – Larry Gura, born
1866 – Hugh Duffy, born