Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been the best hitter in baseball this season, entering the MLB All-Star break with a .332 batting average (1st), .430 on-base percentage (1st), .658 slugging percentage (behind only Shohei Ohtani), and 1.089 OPS (1st). On Tuesday night, the Toronto Blue Jays’ phenom made his All-Star Game debut, and he showed why he has those ridiculous numbers on the season.
Vladito hit an incredible blast off Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes (who’s allowed just three homers in 87 2/3 innings this season) that left Fox play-by-play man Joe Buck screaming (during an interview with mic’d up San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatís Jr.). The dinger was estimated at 468 feet, with an exit velocity of 110.2 mph. It landed in the left field concourse at Coors Field.
It’s the longest home run of Guerrero’s young MLB career (though not officially because it’s an exhibition game), and it’s the longest All-Star Game home run tracked by Statcast (going back to 2015).
At 468 feet, that was the longest home run of Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s MLB career.
It just won't count because it was uh– in the All-Star Game. #BlueJays
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) July 14, 2021
Vlad Jr's 468 ft home run is the longest All-Star Game HR tracked by Statcast (since 2015) pic.twitter.com/v1u4olGDXu
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) July 14, 2021
And he just turned 22 years old in March. Insane.
Update: The American League won 5-2, and Guerrero was named the All-Star Game MVP.
Vlad Guerrero Jr is your All Star Game MVP pic.twitter.com/RaqzHcTZHo
— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) July 14, 2021