Abraham Almonte had the biggest home run of his career last night. It wasn’t a “bottom of the ninth, two on, down by two” scenario, but Abe Ruth crushed a baseball 505 feet that found its way to the empty outfield seats of the Oakland Alameda Coliseum and almost putt Matt Underwood to sleep.
Before we talk about the dinger itself, take a moment to enjoy Underwood sleepily describing the longest home run every accurately recorded:
I’m an Underwood apologist at heart anyway, but I can’t blame him for not being too excited about being down four instead of being down five with two outs in the ninth. Especially considering he had to try of interesting things to talk about for the past three games while the Cleveland Indians laid down and died on the field. But boy, that sure was a boring call for a mammoth home run.
You probably don’t need to see the numbers of the home run to know it was huge, but here they are anyway: It went an estimated 505 feet, and left Abe’s bat at 109.3 miles per hour.
The exit velocity isn’t anything special — balls get hit that hard all the time, a lot of the time they end up as snagged line drives or hit directly into the dirt. Just ask Yandy Diaz.
The impressive part of the home run is, obviously, the distance. At 505 feet, the blast was the longest of the “Statcast era,” which admittedly only goes back to 2015. Not even Aaron Judge has matched Abe’s dinger outside of the Home Run Derby. Judge may own the four hardest-hit balls of the season, but his 495-foot home run off Kevin Gausman is now just the second longest of the season. Bow to Abe’s power, Mr. Judge.
Giancarlo Stanton owned the previous record for Statcast-era home runs, with a 504-foot blast last season, but Abe beat it by just a foot.
Back when they used to measure home run distance by someone squinting and saying “yeah that sounds about right,” Babe Ruth had the record with a 575-foot dinger against the Tigers in 1921. Abe’s coming for you too, George.
And, by the way, this was just the 13th home run of Almonte’s career. Congrats, Abe.