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VIDEO: Giancarlo Stanton hits a laser for an opposite-field home run

Jun 16, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

We’re used to seeing tape-measure home runs from Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, but this opposite-field two-run laser off Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel in the first inning this evening might be more impressive:

I’d really love to know the exit-velocity on that one. It was gone in just under three seconds. What a rocket.

With tonight’s laser beam, Stanton moved in front of Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki for the National League lead with 19 home runs. He’s also tops with 56 RBI.

  1. undeadjesus - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Now that’s what you call “spankin” the ball. Sweet jeebus

  2. dondada10 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    The exit-velocity would be interesting. Even more so, perhaps, was the height of the ball off the ground. Stanton hit the ball so hard that it wasn’t able to get more than 20 feet off the ground before it left the park.

    • Bryz - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      ESPN Home Run Tracker had it at an exit velocity of 110.7 MPH and an apex of 48 feet.

  3. randygnyc - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Sounded like he broke his bat, too. Beast

  4. miguelcairo - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    I saw this live. I thought it was gonna drop into short right for a base hit. It just kept going, and going, and going…what strength.

    • Old Gator - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      I also love the sound of a ball coming orf the Iron Giant’s bat. Like a pistol shot. I also like the way the ball seems to get where it’s going faster than it takes the sound of the batted ball getting to where you’re sitting. Move Ozuna up to cleanup so we can get to hear it more often. There’s nothing less stimulating than the sound of an intentional walk – except, maybe, for watching designatedhitterball.

  5. moogro - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:05 AM

    Ferrous Gigantes!

  6. Old Gator - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    You have horrified your resident hegemonic Linnaean. Ferrous gigantes.

  7. tbird05 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    I tell you what, this kid has always had potential, but he really took off after he changed his name. Maybe we can get BJ Upton to change his to “Sir Hitsalot”

    • Old Gator - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      I agree. “Blow Job Upton” would probably not earn him a lot of slack from opposing pitchers.

  8. timmmah10 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    The trajectory of the ball of the bat makes it seem like some sort of camera sourcery that the ball ended up over the fence.

    Oppo seed never getting over 25 feet off the ground? damn.

  9. hushbrother - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    That was a “laser.”

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