On Thursday, New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit the the first homer of the 2020 MLB season with a 459-foot bomb off Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer.
Your first home run of the 2020 MLB season is an absolute blast by Giancarlo Stanton off Max Scherzer.
459 feet, 112.9 MPH exit velocity. 💣 pic.twitter.com/j4ILbvW7ML
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) July 23, 2020
Well, just two days later, Stanton topped that dinger with an even bigger blast at Nationals Park. Stanton obliterated a fastball from Nats starter Erick Fedde (starting in place of Stephen Strasburg), and sent it way up the (covered) seats in left-center field.
Stanton is looking like a MONSTER to start this season.
Another no doubt home run! pic.twitter.com/XTvXO6DmpV
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 26, 2020
The Fox broadcast displayed a graphic measuring the homer at 417 feet, but that seems well short (especially if we assume that the ball may have kept going for a while if the seats didn’t get in the way).
And Statcast certainly agrees. Statcast tracked the home run at 483 feet, with an exit velocity of 121.3 mph. That’s a remarkable blast, and it’s the second-hardest home run tracked by Statcast, behind only a Stanton home run in 2018 that had an exit velocity of 121.7.
Giancarlo Stanton’s HR had a 121.3 mph exit velocity.
That’s the 2nd hardest-hit HR tracked by Statcast (since 2015). Behind a 121.7 mph HR by Stanton in 2018.
It also went 483 feet. pic.twitter.com/iyy8yFebJM
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) July 26, 2020
This was the Statcast Exit Velo HR leaderboard before today (hint lots of Stanton and Judge) 👇👇 pic.twitter.com/6GRGgC0buA
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) July 26, 2020
Stanton only played in 18 games in 2019 due to injuries, but he certainly looks healthy and primed for a powerful season at the plate in the 2020 season. The Yankees were a loaded roster to begin with, and Stanton returning to his superstar form would make them downright terrifying.