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Video: Watch George Springer crush a homer off of the catwalk at Tropicana Field

Jun 20, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

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With a first-inning strikeout against Rays starter David Price, Astros outfielder George Springer was 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in his young career against the lefty. He turned that around in a hurry. In the third inning, Springer crushed a first-pitch fastball to left field off of the catwalk for a two-run home run. It traveled an estimated 438 feet.

Following the blast, the 24-year-old Springer bumped his slash line up to .249/.347/.474 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 248 plate appearances.

Watch Springer go deep:

  1. aphillieated - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    what a shot

    • chinahand11 - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      Lord he yanked that thing, didn’t he? That was a MAN’s home run. Wow.

      • dan1111 - Jun 21, 2014 at 7:13 AM

        Rarely does one see a ball rocket off the bat that fast. Too bad they were in a dome–I would have liked to see how far that could really go. Estimated distances are nice, and all, but it is not the same as launching one that breaks a car window, falls in the river, etc.

      • chinahand11 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        Indeed, Dan. Nothing like a smashed ball clearing the grandstand and taking a trip downtown.

  2. norvturnersneck - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    No doubt after it left his bat for anyone on the field. ROY?

    • zs123 - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:02 AM

      There’s these 2 guys named Tanaka and Abreu who would probably disagree.

  3. thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    I lol’ed at the destruction of the ball and the “My goodness” at the 2 second mark

    • jsala02 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      Geoff Blum is very good on the broadcasts. The Astros have a great TV crew with Bill Brown and Alan Ashby

  4. hittfamily - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    That was a bomb. I don’t understand how they calculate home run distances though, and am really skeptical. That one was estimated at 432. One Longo hit last night was estimated at 406 (I thought it was at least 430, until I read it was not). The night prior to that, Sean Rodriguez hit what I thought was the furthest of them all. They estimated it at 412. Here are the links, hopefully they don’t embed.

    • renaado - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:34 AM

      “I don’t understand how they calculate home run distances though”

      I think they probably calculate the homeruns distance through the balls flight trajectory, I think they have the system that analyzes their distance though but I forgot the name of it…

      As for Evan Longoria’s homerun, the angle of the ball when it was on the air was somewhat on a 55-60 degree elevation angle making it slightly lower if you compare it to Springer’s homerun which is somewhat a lined shot where the angle’s elevation is somewhere near 45-50 degrees…

      Same to what I can say about Rodriguez’s homerun near the foul pole… It can be easily compared to Longoria’s homerun.

      The higher the elevation angle, the lower the distance on where the trajectory of projectile drops…

      Could’ve been the reason on why Springer’s homerun distance was higher from the two.

  5. drewzducks - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Those catwalk’s can be dangerous:

  6. unclemosesgreen - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:19 AM

    That boy is Connecticut strong.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      New Britain – Yay!
      Avon Old Farms – Boo!
      UCONN – Yay!

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        heh heh – agreed on all.

  7. Hard On For Harden - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Wow. It’s like he saw fastball the exact split second it left Price’s fingers and just turned on it like there was no tomorrow.

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