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Giancarlo Stanton hit a ball really far last night

Aug 18, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

This title is somewhat misleading, as Giancarlo Stanton regularly hits moonshots. But his home run last night against the Rockies at Coors Field was particularly epic.

The original estimate had it at 474 feet, but ESPN’s True Distance Hit Tracker had it at 494 feet, which would be the longest home run in MLB since Wladimir Balentien’s 495-foot blast in 2009. Either way, it was pretty awesome. As the broadcast noted, Stanton has now homered in all five games he has played at Coors Field. Could you imagine what monster numbers he could put up if he played 81 home games there? It would be unfair.

  1. wendell7 - Aug 18, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    I love the announcer’s closing comments in the final replay in the video.

  2. kalinedrive - Aug 18, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    It’s pretty clear where it landed, and it didn’t hit a wall or anything, so it should be pretty easy to establish a firm measurement. Prince Fielder hit one last night that almost made it to the concourse in right field at Comerica Park. I couldn’t tell if it hit the top of the wall or the fence or the fans before bouncing back into the bushes. It was a mammo for sure.

  3. whodeytn - Aug 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Did PFT run a story when Todd Frazier did this a couple of days ago?

  4. cur68 - Aug 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Mike Stanton would have cleared the wall and hit it into the street. This Giancarlo character isn’t fit to carry his jock.

    • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      Now if he could cut down on his strikeouts a little bit – except for that one huge two-homer, four hit monster game last week, the Iron Giant’s been mostly all-or-nothing since he came back from his knee surgery. Prior to the knee acting up on him he was drawing walks and piling up singles and doubles and his average was approaching .300 pretty quickly. Here’s hoping he gets his timing back soon enough to make the last couple of homestands at Macondo Banana Massacre Field more interesting than the rest of his misbegotten team are going to make them.

  5. Old Gator - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Some fun facts about the Iron Giant’s direct predecessor in the distance derby, Wladimir Balentien: Career: 15 HR, .221 BA, 52 RBI, OF, Mariners/Reds 2007-2009, b:R/t:R. He was born in Willamsted, Curacao, also known as the “Dutch post-colonial San Pedro de Macoris” in 1984, an excellent year for Merlot Nouveau. He has played in Japan ever since October 2009, where he goes by the name of “Meister Beisbol” and endorses kaiju eiga for Toho Productions based on his monster home run.

    • petey1999 - Aug 18, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      “Merlot Nouveau”? No one should be drinking merlot, nouveau or not.

      • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

        With apologies to Paul Giamatti, of course.

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