Results tagged ‘ Home Runs ’

UP…UP…AND A LOOOOOOONG WAY AWAY

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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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Z YOU LATER

Carlos Zambrano slugged his first home run as a Marlin this afternoon, a 3rd-inning solo shot off Philadelphia’s Joe Blanton. A few Big Z home run tidbits:

Zambrano is now tied for 7th on the all-time home run list among pitchers. Wes Ferrell hit 38, Bob Lemon 37, Warren Spahn 35, Red Ruffing 34, Earl Wilson 33 and Don Drysdale 29. John Clarkson and Bob Gibson both also hit 24.

He has now homered at least once in each of the last 10 seasons with a career-high 6 long balls in 2006 and 4 in both 2008 and 2009.

Z has homered twice off Kyle Lohse. The other pitchers he’s taken deep: Mark Buehrle, Roy Oswalt, Wandy Rodriguez, Yovani Gallardo, Tom Glavine, Darren Oliver, Wade Miller, Todd Wellemeyer, Woody Williams, Zach Jackson, Johnny Cueto, Micah Owings, Aaron Harang, Taylor Buchholz, Mike Matthews, Esmerling Vazquez, Josh Fogg, Garret Mock, Fernando Abad and now Blanton.

He’s hit 13 of his 24 at Wrigley Field (Chicago), 5 at Minute Maid Park (Houston), 3 at Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati), one at Chase Field (Arizona), one at old Shea Stadium (New York) and now one at Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia).

Including today’s shot, he’s hit 16 off righthanders (from the left side) and 8 vs. lefties (from the right side).

19 of the 24 he’s hit have been solo shots. He’s hit 4 with one on and one with 2 men on. He’s yet to hit a grand slam.

His homer today came in the 3rd inning, his favorite inning in which to go deep. 8 of his 24 have come in the 3rd.

The home run was the 37th hit by a Marlins pitcher in 20 seasons. Since Zambrano got to the big leagues in 2001, in a period in which he’s hit 24, all other Marlins pitchers have hit 20. 

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