The longest home run of the Statcast era now belongs to the Cleveland Indians’ Abraham Almonte.
Almonte crushed a dinger on Sunday in Oakland that Statcast measured at 505 feet.
Here’s video of the blast, which the announcers didn’t seem all that impressed with:
— TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) July 16, 2017
— MLBBarrelAlert (@MLBBarrelAlert) July 16, 2017
When I first saw that homer — before seeing the Statcast info — I figured it was 450 feet or so. So, seeing a 505-foot measurement was a bit stunning. NBC Sports’ Bill Baer was also skeptical, and shared this screencap showing the ball seemingly not that far from the 362-foot sign.
— Bill Baer (@Baer_Bill) July 16, 2017
Whatever the case, Statcast has it 505 feet, so we’re going to call it 505 feet (for now). And it came on the same day that Statcast measured a Didi Gregorius home run at just 295 feet!