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Cameron Maybin hits the longest homer of 2012

Jul 3, 2012, 1:13 AM EDT

Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin took Arizona’s Trevor Cahill way out of Chase Field on Monday night, hitting a 485-foot homer to left-center.

ESPN Stats & Info gives it a one-foot edge over Nelson Cruz‘s homer on June 3 and four feet on Travis Hafner‘s blast on April 15.

The homer was just Maybin’s fourth of the season and first since June 8, but it shows what kind of power he has if he can ever harness it. A big disappointment this year after a promising first season in San Diego, he entered Monday’s game batting .202/.281/.289 in 263 at-bats. In the hopes that simpler mechanics will lead to more contact, the Padres have had him rework his swing by dropping his leg kick.

  1. sdsockers - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    In this same game, Padre rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal had one hit, his third hit of the season. it was a home run. For the season, he now has three home runs on three hits.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      He actually had two hits, a lousy single after the third homer, so the streak is over. As Craig mentioned, Coors and Chase Fields are not Petco. Let’s see how he does in the place people call Petco “National” Park, slightly smaller than Yosemite.

  2. sincitybonobo - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:17 AM

    The power really gets your attention. 485 ft is Big Mac ’98 territory.

    The downside? As Matt noted, it was only his 4th dinger of 2012 and his OBP is now .287. He has incredible power, speed, and only 15 extra base hits in 267 AB’s. James Loney has 16 XBH in 227 AB’s.

    Maybin can best help the Pads by making more and better contact. In 2011, he stole 40 bases and struck out 125 times. Throwing strikes to Maybin does not appear to be essential.

    With his tools, and perhaps a neutral home ballpark, he has a chance to develop into a 20-20 player. This will not happen without a steady improvement in his OBP. Hopefully, the mechanical changes, coupled with improved pitch recognition, will allow him to develop into a top of the order hitter. Last night, he hit 7th.

    Maybin is only 25 and is locked up until at least 2016 (club option for 2017) at price that would be a steal if he could convert his considerable talents into consistent performance.

  3. randygnyc - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    Sdsockers. The last time a player started his MLB career with 3 home runs as his first three hits, came in 2000. Funny thing, they were his only 3 hits of his career.

  4. icanspeel - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    It was a monster blast, I think it proved to him he doesn’t need that high leg kick he had been using. Now to see if he can keep hitting

  5. mathieug79 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Anybody know how long Colby Rasmus hit his homerun?? it was off the upper deck facing at rogers centre? im guessing it wasn’t as long as this one.

    • mathieug79 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      nvm just found it, 448ft lol what a turn around season for Colby!

  6. jimboplyr625 - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Nice shot 485 feet longest this year big deal!!! remember a kid named MICKEY MANTLE he hit at least TEN homers OVER 500 feet,,,,one of a kind!!!!

  7. jengibre23 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    485 Jesus dude. That ball was crushed! And it’s also cool cus I really don’t like the D-backs

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