According to a Forbes story in 2019, of the 27,800 homers hit in the majors between 2015 and 2019, only three went for a distance of 500 or more feet. It’s a pretty rare feat to be able to hit a baseball that far.
Miami Marlins slugger Jesús Sánchez almost just did it, knocking a ball 496 feet on Monday for the longest-hit home run of the 2022 MLB season and one of the farthest home runs hit over the last five years.
Sánchez’s homer occurred in home-run happy Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies.
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) May 30, 2022
“Oh my goodness, nearly a mile high for Jesús Sánchez,” said the announcer.
According to the numbers, the ball was traveling 114.7 mph off the bat into the third deck. It is said to be the longest home run hit in the Major Leagues since 2020.
That home run surpasses the one hit by Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout, who slammed a 472-foot homer off Texas Rangers pitcher Dane Dunning earlier this year.
— MLB (@MLB) April 15, 2022
Sánchez’s blast falls a bit short of Giancarlo Stanton’s moonshot at Coors Field in 2016, which traveled 504 feet into the stadium. Still, that’s some pretty impressive company to be in.
As you can imagine, Sánchez’s huge home run garnered a lot of reactions around the MLB world on social media.
Jesus Sanchez. 114.7 mph off the bat. 496 feet. Looks to have cleared the third deck. My goodness. pic.twitter.com/c1LlNSW0an
— Isaac Azout (@IsaacAzout) May 30, 2022
Jesus Sanchez just crushed a 500-foot bomb over everything in the third deck. Hot damn. pic.twitter.com/EWKzIRI9Dg
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) May 30, 2022
FOUR HUNDRED AND NINETY SIX FEET!
This Jesús Sánchez missile was picked up by NORAD! 🚀 pic.twitter.com/FixgmmqIPq
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) May 30, 2022
Oh my Jesus Sanchez.
496 foot home run.
That's … very far.
— Jordan McPherson (@J_McPherson1126) May 30, 2022
On the road, but I see that Jesus Sanchez is getting acclimated to the altitude. 496 feet is just ridiculous.
— Aram Leighton (@AramLeighton8) May 30, 2022