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Video: Watch Wily Mo Pena crush a home run in the Japanese All-Star Game

Jul 19, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

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If you forgot about Wily Mo Pena, you’re not alone. The slugger washed out of the majors after the 2008 season, and making a brief return in 2011. Since then, Pena has been spending his time in Japan, slugging home run over home run in the Japan Pacific League.

To date, Pena has 21 home runs, 52 RBI, and a .245/.357/.520 slash line this season, his first with the Orix Buffaloes. He was invited to the Japanese All-Star Game and absolutely demolished the first pitch from pitcher Shintaro Fujinami. Look at how far this thing went:

(Tip of the cap to Deadspin)

Wily Mo Pena highlights are scant, as he left the majors right before online baseball highlights became a regular part of life. The few that are available show that monster home runs were not exactly a rarity for him.

Over 1,845 career plate appearances in the major leagues, Pena belted 84 home runs, but that was about the extent of his offensive value. He had a meager .250 batting average and .303 on-base percentage along with 559 strikeouts. But, boy, was he fun to watch.

  1. ray0414 - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    any idea how far that fence is? it sorta looks like is about the size of a softball field. but back in 2011 he was playing against my tigers in detroit and he hit a mammoth homerun, musta been like 470ft i had never seen one hit as far as he did up near the scoreboard at comerica park.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      I believe that is Koshien Stadium, home of the Hanshin Tigers

      Foul line: 95m (311 ft)
      Power alley: 118m (387 ft)
      Center: 118m (387 ft)

  2. uuddlrlrbastart - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    My favorite part was “Super Baseball.”

  3. rje49 - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    They don’t have ads before Japanese videos? Great!
    I thought Wily Mo looks like Prince Fielder now.

  4. chiadam - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    The ball has been banished to the land of wind and ghosts! Can you see that I am serious??

  5. hushbrother - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:47 AM

    Are we supposed to actually be able to see where the ball ends up?

  6. renaado - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    Koshien Stadium… That people is one of the most prestigous stadiums in Japan, this is also where the most renowned “Koshien High School Tournament” is held every summer and spring.

    That pitcher is Hanshin Tiger Shintaro Fuginami, a 6 foot 5 20 yr old athlete and an All-star back last year and also the rival of Nippon Ham Fighter Otani Shohei since high school… Truly one of the best and most hyped rookies in Japan since Matsuzaka Daisuke and Tanaka Masahiro.

    • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      Damn… I’m impressed.

      啊日噶他哦。。。 好哦念头

  7. corky2141 - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Agreed. What a great looking stadium

  8. chip56 - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    For a guy who was around forever ago – Pena’s only 32. I was pissed when the Yankees traded him to Cincy to reacquire Drew Henson.

    Given how desperate teams are for power these days I’m a little surprised that he doesn’t get any major league interest as a RH DH.

    • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      “I’m a little surprised that he doesn’t get any major league interest as a RH DH.”

      Wily Mo has been struggling with leg and hip injury since he was here with Fukuoka back in 2012, he has not been durable as he was once was back in 2011. He still has power but has only been liable against lefties.

      • chip56 - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        Thanks for the info. I would still think that a team that needs that RH platoon DH would be interested.

  9. klink6224 - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Is it just me or did anyone else notice he’s wearing 42. I know a different league and country where 42 does not have the same meaning but you’d think a former Major Leaguer wouldn’t want to wear that number out of respect for the game and Jackie Robinson.

    • paperlions - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      I disagree. IMO, wearing it is the very act of showing respect.

  10. genericcommenter - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Add another one to Brian Cashman’s list of All Stars.

  11. foreverchipper10 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Any day we get to see WIly Mo destroy a baseball is a good day indeed.

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