Nomar Mazara attacked the heavens with a massive 491-foot home run, the longest this year
There are some who believe that our world is held inside a gigantic biodome -- that we're living in a glass case on some alien's shelf like the city of Kandor. Nomar Mazara tried to test that theory on Wednesday when he used his mighty bat to launch a ball to the far reaches of our atmosphere.
Battting against the Angels' Hector Santiago in the bottom of the second, Mazara took the 83-mph cutter and crushed it a Statcast™-measured 491-feet away into the second deck. While the sky did not shatter apart into a million pieces, proving Mazara's theory inconclusive, the dinger easily bested Giancarlo Stanton's 475-foot shot for the longest of the year.
Not only that, but Mazara's homer approached the farthest distance a human can actually hit a baseball. David Kagan of "The Hardball Times" did the math, and with still air, the longest home run a human can feasibly hit -- at the maximum velocity and with the perfect launch angle -- can barely top 500 feet.
It's also the third-longest homer since that bolt of lightning struck a computer and gave it Statcast™.
Longest HR's @statcast era:- Daren Willman (@darenw) May 25, 2016
1. Bryant 495ft
2. Michael Taylor 493ft
3. MAZARA 491ft
4. Schoop 485ft
5. Cruz 483ft
6. Donaldson 481ft
The Rangers' outfielder has done much more than just hit massive home runs, though. Since making his MLB debut on April 10, Mazara has been a hitting machine. The Rangers' No. 2 prospect entering the year, he went 3-for-4 with a home run in his first game.
Entering Wednesday (after a 3-for-3 game with a home run on Tuesday), Mazara was hitting .317/.364/.483. Though only 21 years-old, he leads the Rangers in OPS and was tied for the team lead in dingers. If he keeps it up, not only could he one day crest the 500-foot plateau, but he could help the Rangers topple the Mariners for the AL West lead.