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Video: Watch Mike Trout hit a 489-foot home run

Jun 27, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

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Baseball’s leader in average home run distance last season wasn’t Giancarlo Stanton. It wasn’t Evan Gattis nor Adam Dunn. It was Angels outfielder Mike Trout, averaging nearly 420 feet on his homers, ahead of second-place Justin Upton at 416.

Trout showed why he was last year’s leader — and could be this year’s leader, as well — when he hit a 3-1 Jason Vargas fastball 489 feet (per ESPN) out to center field into the fountain at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The blast gave the Angels a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Watch it here.

Trout is currently slashing an MVP-esque .312/.402/.616 with 18 home runs, 59 RBI, and 10 stolen bases.

  1. gosport474 - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    This Trout guy seems to be pretty good.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      I don’t know, maybe give him a couple more years. These last 2.5 years could just be a fluke…

      • chinahand11 - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        Especially since he only started hitting bombs at the first of his career.

  2. doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    This blog is quickly approaching ESPN level of Trout nuthugging

    • drewsylvania - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      For good reason, as you should be able to see plainly.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        No. As a matter of fact I don’t.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        He’s on pace to put up another 10+ rWAR season. Barry Bonds, one of the three best players in MLB history, didn’t have one until his age 36 season. He’s got a .403 OBP and .616 SLG % this year. That’s vintage Frank Thomas AND has the speed and defense of an elite player.

        So what about his coverage is unwarranted?

      • infieldhit - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:47 AM

        Well, reporters are probably annoyed that they’re only able to talk about his actual play, and not anything controversial he does on or off the field.

      • nbjays - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        @ COPO

        “So what about his coverage is unwarranted?”

        It’s obviously because he doesn’t play on the east coast.

      • bigharold - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        “It’s obviously because he doesn’t play on the east coast.”

        Nope, it actually does. This Yankee fan is impressed with Young Mr. Trout.

        “If David Lough hit a HR into the fountains like that, there would be a post about it.”

        If David Lough hit a HR like that there would be an investigation including a urine and blood sample.

    • clydeserra - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      1) any “nut hugging” is warranted because he is the best player in baseball, and has been for the past two and a half years.

      2) this post isn’t about “mike trout.” Its about a long long home run. If David Lough hit a HR into the fountains like that, there would be a post about it.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        ” If David Lough hit a HR into the fountains like that, there would be a post about it.”

        somehow I doubt that.

        and not just because david lough is terrible

  3. okwhitefalcon - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Per the Royals, Trout’s dinger “only” went 445 feet – where it actually landed.

    ESPN’s HR Tracker is an estimation of unimpeded travel, a “what if” simulator.

    A bomb either way..

    • daveitsgood - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      Espn was clearly wrong in their calculation. Had it not been impeded, it would have continued circling the earth, gradually slowing, then reversing the earth’s rotation.

      • infieldhit - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:40 AM

        …Resulting in Superman being able to stop the Angels from signing Pujols to that contract.

      • daveitsgood - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:07 AM

        Well now you’re just being absurd.

  4. badandy519 - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Just missed it…

  5. chargrz - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    I can’t believe he signed for less than Pujols and Hamilton.

    • bigharold - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      But, unlike Pujols and Hamilton Trout’s Mega FA deal is in his future. He stays on course he’s likely looking at a $250-300 mil contract yet to come, .. to go with the $140+ mil he will have earned by that point. He might well be the first ball player to earn a half a billion dollars in his career.

      Man, I which my son liked to play baseball.

  6. dan1111 - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    How much does home ballpark have on average home run distance? Angels stadium lacks the short porches that some parks have, so it is not possible to hit really short home runs. It also doesn’t have a really deep center field, allowing more longish home runs to be hit to center rather than long flyouts.

    Not trying to take anything away from Trout or his awe-inspiring homer. I’m just curious about the effect this would have.

    • clydeserra - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:54 AM


  7. sportsfan18 - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Best. Player. In. The. Game.

  8. rje49 - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Notice the guy sitting in the stands staring at his phone, even after the ball was hit? Why do these people even bother going to games?

    • clydeserra - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      because life.

      Games last a while. sometimes I look at my phone before a pitch. Maybe they were in the middle of a text that is more important than baseball, which would be about 97% of the texts/messages I send.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        97% of the texts and/or messages you send/leave people are more important than baseball?
        97%? No…not 97% 97%?

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 29, 2014 at 4:47 PM


        I’m thinking it’s only 96.4% so you need to revise your statement…

  9. cubfan531 - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    90.27 Altuves, for those of you keeping score at home.

  10. aceshigh11 - Jun 28, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Once in a lifetime talent. Enjoy it, folks. Players like Trout don’t come along very often.

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