UP…UP…AND A LOOOOOOONG WAY AWAY
Giancarlo Stanton last night launched his 5th home run of the season, a first-inning 3-run shot off Stephen Strasburg, to ignite a 15-hit barrage as the Marlins beat the Nationals 11-2.
Last night’s Stanton home run was measured at 457 feet by ESPN Stats and Information Group’s Home Run Tracker Web site, which, because of the scientific methods it uses to measure home run distances is now regarded as the most trust-worthy source available for long ball information.
Stanton has now hit 3 of the 4 longest home runs in Baseball in 2014:
484 feet, Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, April 4 vs. SD
477 feet, Justin Upton, ATL, April 10 vs. NYM
469 feet, Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, 4/12 at PHI
457 feet, Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, 4/15 vs. WAS
453 feet, Buster Posey, SF, 3/31 at ARI
Among big leaguers with at least 3 home runs this season, Stanton’s average home run distance of 445.4 feet is easily the best in the game. Mike Napoli of the Red Sox is 2nd, with his 3 homers averaging 428.3 feet.
With 3 long balls in excess of 450 feet this season, Stanton has 18 career homers that have traveled at least that far.
The Stanton home run last night was the 122nd of his big league career, moving the 24-year-old into a tie with Gary Sheffield for 6th on the Marlins’ all-time home run list.
Stanton is only 32 homers behind Miami’s career leader Dan Uggla, who hit his 154 in 272 more games than Stanton’s played to date.
Here’s a look at who Giancarlo is chasing on the Marlins home run list:
1. Dan Uggla 154 HR in 776 G
2. Hanley Ramirez 148 HR in 943 G
3. Mike Lowell 143 HR in 981 G
4. Miguel Cabrera 138 HR in 720 G
5. Derrek Lee 129 HR in 844 G
6. Giancarlo Stanton 122 HR in 504 G
Gary Sheffield 122 HR in 558 G
8. Jeff Conine 120 in HR 1,014 G
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