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Giancarlo Stanton hit a 484-foot home run against the Padres

Apr 4, 2014, 11:10 PM EDT

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According to ESPN’s Hit Tracker Online, only one home run registered at 480 feet or longer last season: an Evan Gattis monster home run off of Cole Hamels at Citizens Bank Park, which went 486 feet. It may be Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton‘s personal mission to be the distance champion of the 2014 season.

Facing Padres starter Eric Stults in the bottom of the first inning with a runner on first base, Stanton crushed an 89 MPH fastball to left field above the “Budweiser Balcony”. It registered at 484 feet. It eclipsed Stanton’s 2013 best, a 463-foot shot off of Phillies pitcher Ethan Martin. He hit a longer one in 2012, a 494-foot blast against Josh Roenicke of the Rockies.

Don’t worry, there’s video of it:

  1. 13arod - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    want to see Stanton’s batting practice swings this guy is a beast

  2. spyder9669 - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    shame thats the only part of his game..

    • Old Gator - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:03 AM

      Shame you know absolutely nothing about his game and it doesn’t keep you from making stupid comments.

      • vivabear - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        U should be the last person to talk about other’s knowledge of the game, Old Felcher. All ur knowledge is based in obscure sea life and prejudice.

      • Old Gator - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:57 PM

        Ah, sewerbear. You’ve been quiet all week, and you still couldn’t connect enough dots to make a constructive contribution to the blog – just your usual hateful envy and your usual disgusting preoccupation with gutter pornography again. Whatsamatter, long week in the Burger King drive thru window?

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      He also has a career .355 OBP and a pretty good arm in RF to go along with that .538 SLG%. He’s one of the best outfielders in baseball.

  3. slaugin - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    It’s a shame no one was there to see it. He needs to go somewhere with 30,000 fans screaming his name.

    • renaado - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      This guy is underrated from what I can say, even though this is the Marlins were talkin about, fans should understand this is a new season now for them and keep those losing season out of their minds and keep looking forward on what’s in store for them in the “Present”.

      • Old Gator - Apr 5, 2014 at 8:53 AM

        Unfortunately, the poor attendance is a function of much more deep rooted issues than the current team’s record or its prospects. There is a lot of bad blood between this community as a whole and the corrupt gang of crooks and parasites who own the team. It has to do with a history of fire sales and salary dumps, a total lack of commitment to the fan community except when cheap or convenient, and the disastrous deal the city and county were snookered into to build Macondo Banana Massacre Field at the expense of decades of development funding and horrendous construction bond interest, not to mention the lies that Scrooge McLoria and his Chihuahua fed the city and county commissions – and which, for reasons best known only to themselves, they pretended to believe. I’m only one of many, many Feesh fans who root for the team but refuse to attend games as long as Scrooge or any of his henchmen own it.

      • renaado - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:06 AM

        I see… So what you’re saying Old Gator is that there are still some Marlins fans if not many out there are still rooting for the team even though they can’t or don’t want to attend the game because of Loria and other things they don’t wanna see?

      • Old Gator - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        Right. Television viewer ratings, for example, are consistently high, bespeaking a significantly larger fan base than what you would suspect just from the wretched home attendance.

      • renaado - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        Alright.. Thanks Old Gator, I understand it now.

  4. cocheese000 - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Imagine the numbers he would have put up if played during the steroid era and used them

  5. ch0psuey - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    That was a blast. Wondering what the fastball mph was as Stults tops out around 91-92. Thats a lot of power to hit it that far by Stanton. Dude has otherworld power.

    • ch0psuey - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Guess If I would read the article I would see it said 89mph. Nice job self.

  6. Old Gator - Apr 5, 2014 at 3:34 AM

    The ball hit one of the pillars behind the Budweiser bar or, if it had been a little bit to the left or right, it would have continued to carry out into the street behind the stadium and dinged one of the arepa y pinchos carts. Notice that the left fielder doesn’t even bother to move.

  7. dwrek5 - Apr 5, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Thats it?!?! I would have guessed closer to 600 that under 500. Looked like if it hit a bird halfway it still woulda been over. Holy cow!

    • drewsylvania - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      If the park was built in such a way as for that homer to entirely leave the stadium, I bet it travels further than the longest homer ever hit.

      • Old Gator - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        Excellent article at Baseball Almanac on this very subject:

        Home run distances prior to the institution of sophisticated measuring systems were routinely exaggerated. Dave Kingman, Cecil Fielder, Mickey Mantle, Frank Howard and now the Iron Giant seem to hold the most dependably verified distance records. Even so, I once saw Darryl Strawberry crush one off the big scoreboard in right center at Shea Stadium that probably would have been up there with any of them if the board hadn’t gotten in the way.

  8. westcoastredbird - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    The Dodgers and Marlins should consider a Puig for Stanton trade. Puig would help with the dismal attendance in Miami and maybe feel more at ease in Little Havana and Stanton is from LA.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      Puig + the entire Dodgers farm system, you mean?

  9. jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    I feel its only a short matter of time before the Marlins lock him up

    • Old Gator - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      Except that he doesn’t particularly want to be “locked up” (which is an appropriate term to describe playing for Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuaha, ackcherely).

      He’s made it pretty clear – if you ever bothered to pay attention to voices from outside your head – that (a) he doesn’t like who he works for and (b) would want to go home to California even if he did like who he plays for. It’s highly unlikely that he’d let himself be extended for too far down the line, knowing that when he’s ready to escape he can hammer Scrooge in arbitration and the viscous skinflint will ship him orf somewhere for a basket of EYPs again.

      That might not get him all the way to the sunset side in one swell foop but it will start him rolling towards home – at the very least, into a stadium full of fans who will really cheer for him instead of this Krell kitchen soupbowl full of stragglers in a town that detests his employers as much as he does.

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        “Krell kitchen soupbowl full of stragglers” – I needed a few minutes for that one to sink in and then I laughed so hard my wife thought I was having a seizure. I have seen some pictures of your so-called Macondo Banana Massacre Field and that’s a hilarious but dead on description of the place. I know you’re twice my age and probably saw that movie in technicolor at some local cinema when you were a kid but there are some of us, especially those of us confronted with the win…pardon me, weenters up here – who spend a lot of time streaming old movies and “Forbidden Planet” happens to be one of our all time favourites.

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