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Holy dear lord. That is a lot of power from Reds third baseman Juan Francisco. That is the kind of power that makes Adam Dunn weep. Juan Francisco could hit a ball this far before he's reached his 150th MLB plate appearance—what can he do next? This is why we—well, someone—watches September baseball, to see the flawed call-ups (although Francisco came up in August) who can do things like this.

Some facts: the blast went 502 feet, which is the longest homer in baseball this season. It's the second longest ever at Great American Ball Park (after a Dunn bomb, naturally). It's also the first 500-foot-plus jack in MLB since September 2008, when, yeah, you guessed it, Adam Dunn hit another bomb. So, if all goes well, Francisco's on pace to get paid $14 million to hit .162/.292/.285 in 2018.


Nonetheless, the Reds lost, 12-8, to the Cubs, because, well, because the pitching matchup was Rodrigo Lopez against Dontrelle Willis, and because the Reds, who suck, happened to suck a little more than the Cubs, who also suck, last night. It happens.

Reds' Francisco clears Cincy bleachers with 502-foot home run [Big League Stew]

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