Few people on the planet can describe the feeling of hitting a ball so far that even the camera operators have trouble tracking its flight. On June 21, 2019, Nomar Mazara joined that exclusive club -- and raised the bar for peak homer distance.
Mazara, who was already no stranger to tape-measure blasts, hit the ultimate shot -- a 505-foot wallop to right field that set a record for the longest dinger tracked by Statcast™ since the tracking technology launched in 2015.
Mazara tops the list, but in six seasons 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. Nomar Mazara: 505 feet, June 21, 2019, vs. CWS
After crushing a a 482-foot shot on Opening Day in '19, Mazara topped himself for the Statcast record with a colossal smash against the White Sox. The left-handed slugger unloaded on a 94.7-mph fastball from Reynaldo López and sent it soaring into the upper deck in right field at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
“That was a bomb, a complete bomb,” said Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who was on first base at the time of the home run. “I think it was more than 505 feet. It was more like 600 feet. It was really loud. We know he can do that. He’s got a lot of pop in his bat.”
2. Giancarlo Stanton: 504 feet, Aug. 6, 2016, vs. COL
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 MLB.com. "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) Miguel Sanó: 496 feet, Sept. 17, 2019, vs. CWS
Sanó tapped into his prodigious power for a breakout 34-homer season in 2019, and this was the most majestic of those blasts. This three-run homer easily made the third deck in left at Target Field, and it made Sanó the fifth Twins player that season to reach 30 homers -- an MLB record.
3. (tie) Aaron Judge: 496 feet, Sept. 30, 2017, vs. TOR
This clout to the left-center concourse at Yankee Stadium, Judge's 52nd homer of the season, inspired "M-V-P" chants from the Bronx faithful. It was also Judge's 33rd homer that year at the House That Ruth Built, eclipsing the franchise record set by the Bambino himself back in 1921.
5. (tie) Ronald Acuña Jr.: 495 feet, Sept. 25, 2020, vs. BOS
Acuña had already proven his power had matured to another level when he went 473 feet off Yankees ace Gerrit Cole earlier in the 2020 season. But this was an even more epic shot off Boston's Chris Mazza, reaching the concourse behind the seats in left-center field at Truist Park to give the Braves a 1-0 lead after just one at-bat.
5. (tie) Joey Gallo: 495 feet, July 20, 2018, vs. CLE
Gallo's moonshot is the most clutch homer on this list, as it came off Indians closer Cody Allen with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. Cleveland came back to pull out a 9-8 victory.
5. (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.
8. (tie) Gary Sánchez: 493 feet, Aug. 22, 2017, vs. DET
While his teammate Judge captured many of the headlines in 2017, Sánchez showed on this blast that his power can be just as prodigious. Perhaps the most impressive part: Sánchez's blast came off an 80-mph changeup from Matthew Boyd, meaning the Yankees catcher had to do most of the heavy lifting. Sánchez added another 403-foot dinger in the ninth inning.
8. (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.
10. Willson Contreras: 491 feet, Oct. 18, 2017, NLCS Game 4 vs. LAD
Much like teammate Kris Bryant did a month earlier, 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.