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Dodgers: Enrique Hernandez Participates in Home Run Challenge

Kiké in “Operation: Go Dark.”

Video game publisher Activision teamed up with Dodgers super utility player Kiké Hernandez to promote their new reboot of “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” for PC and console. Thankfully for Dodger fans, the collaboration was very baseball centric.

We go to Hernandez’s Instagram page for the video.

Yes, the challenge was for Kiké to hit a home run in the dark while wearing night vision goggles. Spoiler alert — if you didn’t watch the above video — he successfully connected for the dinger.

Some fun factors in this video:

  • The uniform is pretty on point, even if it’s similar to the 2019 Player’s Weekend threads that were widely panned by players and fans
  • Enrique’s position is astutely labeled as “utility”
  • The video impressively incorporates Stat Cast numbers for a number of values
    • Pitch Velo: 86 MPH
    • Bat Speed: 84 MPH
    • Exit Velo: 103.8 MPH
    • Launch Angle: 30.1 degrees
    • Distance: 415 ft

More tidbits from the video include the coordinates of 33.8866° N. 117.8855° W. which puts the location at Cal State Fullerton’s Goodwin Field.

While Hernandez is not widely known as a premiere gamer on the Dodgers — that honor would fall to Cody Bellinger (who brings his monitor with him on flights) — it’s still cool to see this collab with a Dodger.

Oh, and for what it’s worth, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. Like should not be encouraged to be a homerun hitter. We are no doubt missing out on his potential. Imagine him becoming a contact hitter, with his speed and ability he could be a line drive machine hitting .300 every season and setting the table for the big guns.. Sad that some people in baseball think every player should develop the same skill set!

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