We've already seen Josh Hamilton launch some balls in to orbit this season, but last night was something unbelievable. And for whatever reason, we couldn't get an estimated distance at the time.
Fortunately, thanks to Greg Rybarczyk, we have ESPN's Home Run Tracker, and we can get a more accurate estimate, anyway. Its official report?
That's true distance, or how far it would have traveled based on angle and velocity had it not run in to stands.
Gargantuan. That measures as the second longest home run of the season, behind only a Travis Hafner shot in Kansas City that landed in a restaurant. However, Hafner was facing Luis Mendoza, which is an unfair advantage. Kind of like a perfectly legal performance enhancer that not every player has access to.
In any case, that now gives Hamilton three of the nine longest home runs so far on the season, after his upper deck shot in Arlington off Gavin Floyd in the third game of the year, and the home run off Glen Perkins three days ago in Minnesota. Both home runs measured at 447 feet. With four home runs labeled as "no doubt," Hamilton leads all other MLB players by at least 100%.
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