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Todd Frazier’s 485-foot home run is MLB’s longest of 2014 (Video)

Even though the Major League Baseball season is still young, we’ve already witnessed some prodigious home runs.

Justin Upton did this to a pitch from Jenrry Mejía of the New York Mets. Bryce Harper visited the upper deck at Nationals Park.

todd-frazier-485It shouldn’t come as a surprise to baseball fans that Giancarlo Stanton has two of 2014’s longest bombs, with this 484-foot shot sitting at the top of the list.

Well, it did until Friday.

Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds knocked Stanton’s blast to second place when he turned on an 87-mph fastball by Jhoulys Chacin and launched it 485 feet. Talk about crushed. Wow.

The home run was Frazier’s sixth of the season and, according to ESPN’s Home Run Tracker, the longest of his career. His previous best of 470 feet came in 2013 against the Chicago Cubs. Coincidentally, that was Frazier’s sixth home run of the season as well.

Todd Frazier makes great catch diving into stands (Video)

Todd Frazier catchTodd Frazier bailed Johnny Cueto out of a shaky second inning with an incredible diving catch on Tuesday night in the one-game playoff between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds.

Cueto allowed home runs to Marlon Byrd and Russell Martin, and he gave up back-to-back hits to Starling Marte and Francisco Liriano. The Pirates had runners on first and second with two outs and Neil Walker up, but Walker fouled a ball down the third base line. Frazier ran to the edge of the diamond and dove over the railing and into the photographer’s pit to make the inning-ending catch.

The Reds could have fallen behind by much more than 2-0, but thanks to Frazier’s great catch, the score remained 2-0.

Todd Frazier changes at-bat music to ‘Sopranos’ theme (Video)

Todd FrazierNew Jersey native Todd Frazier changed his walk-up at-bat music to the theme song from “The Sopranos” on Thursday in honor of actor James Gandolfini, who died on Wednesday at the age of 51.

Frazier, who played on the Toms River team that won the 1998 Little League World Series and later starred at Rutgers, announced his intention to honor Gandolfini well before Thursday’s Cincinnati Reds-Pittsburgh Pirates game.

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Todd Frazier saved choking man

Todd Frazier was a hero on Tuesday. The Reds rookie third baseman is in Pittsburgh for his team’s series against the Pirates this week and was out to lunch with a teammate when they noticed a man choking in the restaurant.

“I was talking to [teammate Ryan Ludwick] and I see it out of the corner of my eye,” Frazier told MLB.com. “I said ‘I think that dude is choking over there.’ He was a little obese and there were two women side-by-side trying to give him the Heimlich. [Ludwick] said get over there because I was the closest one. So I went over there and was yelling at them to get out of the way. They did and I gave two pumps and it came out.”

The man was choking on a big piece of steak, so it could have gotten pretty bad had Frazier not been there to help.

“It was a big fat piece too, it was pretty insane,” Frazier said. “It was a good 30 seconds they were trying at least.

“He paid for our lunch, which he didn’t have to do and said thanks a couple of times. It was pretty surreal. I have never done that before.”

Looks like Todd has a new biggest fan. Incredibly, this is the second spectacular act by Frazier in the past few days. He also now has something in common with Jeremy Shockey. Maybe the saving moment will give Frazier some good karma for his game on Tuesday night.

H/T Eye on Baseball
Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE