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10 longest homers measured since 2015

March 11, 2019

Few people on the planet can describe the feeling of hitting a ball so far that even the cameramen have trouble tracking its flight. On Sept. 5, 2018, Trevor Story joined that exclusive club -- and raised the bar for peak homer distance. One at-bat after he gave the Rockies

Few people on the planet can describe the feeling of hitting a ball so far that even the cameramen have trouble tracking its flight. On Sept. 5, 2018, Trevor Story joined that exclusive club -- and raised the bar for peak homer distance.

One at-bat after he gave the Rockies a lead over the Giants with a 459-foot home run to the concourse, Story one-upped himself by launching a towering blast that traveled a projected 505 feet. With one mighty swing, Story set a record for the longest dinger tracked by Statcast™ since the tracking technology launched in 2015.

Story's blast tops the list, but in four years Statcast™ has measured a plethora of neck-craning shots that have to be seen to be believed. Here are the 10 longest homers Statcast™ has tracked since Opening Day of the 2015 season.

1. Trevor Story: 505 feet, Sept. 5, 2018, vs. SF
It's safe to say Story was feeling it on this night -- not only by simply hitting three home runs against the rival Giants, but in the way he hit them. Colorado's star shortstop fell down while hitting his first blast down the line, and then followed with another concourse shot a little more to the right to surpass the 500-foot barrier and set the Statcast™ record. Story finished the night with a combined 1,380 feet of homer distance, setting another Statcast™ mark for a three-dinger performance by any player since the technology's launch.

2. Giancarlo Stanton: 504 feet, Aug. 6, 2016, vs. COL
While Story went distinctly to left, Stanton belted the first 500-foot homer in Statcast™ history by extending way up the Coors Field bleachers in the left-center power gap. It took a Stanton-ian combination of a 115.8-mph exit velocity and a very low 18-degree launch angle for Stanton to reach that part of the park.

"I think we like seeing it fly like that, especially if it's our guys hitting it," Marlins manager Don Mattingly told "Balls with that trajectory, for a lot of guys it doesn't go out. He hits balls that just keep carrying. He hits them a long way."

3. (tie) Kris Bryant: 495 feet, Sept. 6, 2015, vs. ARI
Then just a rookie, Bryant had proved his power plenty of times by the time he stepped up to the plate on this evening at Wrigley Field. He clanked this tape-measure blast off Wrigley's new left-field scoreboard, fittingly next to giant display of his own likeness.

3. (tie) Aaron Judge: 495 feet, June 11, 2017, vs. BAL
The Bronx was still buzzing from Judge's record-setting 121.1-mph home run off Orioles starter Chris Tillman, but he further cemented one of the grandest rookie campaigns in history the next day with this incredible rocket off Baltimore righty Logan Verrett. Connecting with another scorching 118.6-mph exit velocity, Judge reached the back of the concourse in left-center to leave the Yankee Stadium crowd -- and his own teammates -- shaking their heads in disbelief.

5. (tie) Nelson Cruz: 493 feet, Sept. 24, 2016, vs. MIN
Cruz reached all the way up to the third deck at Minnesota's Target Field, connecting with a 114.3-mph exit velocity and launching with an ideal 25-degree angle. This blast followed a 454-foot homer that Cruz had logged the night before.

5. (tie) Gary Sanchez: 493 feet, Aug. 22, 2017, vs. DET
While his teammate Judge captured many of the headlines in 2017, Sanchez showed on this blast that his power can be just as prodigious. Perhaps the most impressive part: Sanchez's blast came off an 80-mph changeup from Matthew Boyd, meaning the Yankees catcher had to do most of the heavy lifting. Sanchez added another 403-foot dinger in the ninth inning.

5. (tie) Michael A. Taylor: 493 feet, Aug. 20, 2015, vs. COL
Before Stanton cleared 500 feet, the Statcast™ record belonged to Washington's powerful young center fielder. Taylor turned on a first-pitch 84-mph slider and connected with a 110-mph exit velocity to launch his ball to the deepest part of Coors Field in left-center -- just a few feet to the right of where Stanton bested him two weeks later.

8. (tie) Willson Contreras: 491 feet, Oct. 18, 2017, NLCS Game 4 vs. LAD
Much like Bryant, Contreras took aim at his own image on the Wrigley Field scoreboard. But this one came amid some bigger circumstances as the Cubs tried to dig out of a 3-0 hole against the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. Contreras' humongous blast -- the longest postseason dinger tracked by Statcast™ -- got the Cubs on the board and spurred Chicago to a 3-2 victory, its lone win of the series.

8. (tie) Nomar Mazara, 491 feet, May 25, 2016, vs. LAA
The rookie Mazara raised his profile substantially with this towering drive to the upper deck at Globe Life Park, turning on and punishing an offspeed pitch from Angels starter Hector Santiago.

"That was loud," said Rangers catcher Bobby Wilson of Mazara's dinger. "You need earplugs for that one."

10. Joey Gallo, 490 feet, Sept. 17, 2017, vs. LAA
The pitch that Gallo launched this rocket off of is perhaps as impressive as the distance: An 89.5-mph slider from Angels starter Garrett Richards, featuring nearly 3,000 rpm worth of spin, that crossed the plate at Gallo's knees. But Gallo and his incredibly powerful bat handled that breaking ball just fine, launching the ball to straightaway center and way up to the top of the berm at Angel Stadium.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.