Coming into today’s games there had been 1,585 home runs hit by Major League Baseball’s 30 teams so far this season. None of them traveled as far as this one hit by Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz yesterday.
MLB.com lists the distance as 491 ft. ESPN’s Home Run Tracker estimated it at 484 ft. Either way it was crushed and covered more ground than Travis Hafner’s 481 ft. blast that held the top spot for this season until yesterday.
Cruz’s teammate Josh Hamilton thinks both distances are incorrect and plans to find out once and for all the next time the Rangers head back to Angel Stadium.
“That’s not right. When we come back here, we’re going to bring a range-finder and we’re going to get an accurate measurement on that ball,” said Hamilton, the major leagues’ home run leader. “That was the farthest ball I’ve ever seen hit. When you think about it, unless the wall is lying — is says 387 to the wall, and 100 feet past that is 487. But the ball went another 100 feet past that. So I can’t wait to come back here.”
Hamilton currently has the third longest home run this season at 476 ft.