Joey Gallo turned 24 on Sunday, but he already ranks as one of the Majors' top producers of eye-popping home runs.The young Rangers slugger entered some elite company with his 41-homer campaign in 2017, becoming one of 21 players to ever hit at least 40 dingers before his age-24 season.
Joey Gallo turned 24 on Sunday, but he already ranks as one of the Majors' top producers of eye-popping home runs.
The young Rangers slugger entered some elite company with his 41-homer campaign in 2017, becoming one of 21 players to ever hit at least 40 dingers before his age-24 season. He also joined Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds -- some elite company as far as power hitters go -- as one of only three players to register more homers than singles in a qualified season.
To celebrate Gallo's birthday, let's admire some of the longest home runs from his historic 2017 season.
490 feet, Sept. 17
Gallo's game against the Angels on Sept. 17 ended one career long and established another. Mired in a 15-day homerless drought, Gallo broke out of it with the longest homer of his career and the third longest in the Majors this past season.
Down 1-2 against Angels ace Garrett Richards, Gallo elevated a perfectly placed slider at the bottom of the zone and managed to drive it 490 feet into the batter's eye slope at Angel Stadium. Listening to Rangers veteran Adrian Beltre, though, the ball might have gone even farther.
"It was unbelievable," Beltre said after the game. "There's no way that was 490 feet. It was over 500 feet. It was an impressive swing, impressive two-strike swing. We all know the power, but that was a really good swing."
466 feet, June 14
The Rangers didn't have much of a chance of turning the tide against the Astros considering they were down 13-1 before the homer, but Gallo still managed to provide a silver lining with the longest shot of the game.
Gallo punished a center-cut fastball with a 466-foot long ball that landed over the batter's eye at Globe Life Park in Arlington. At the time, it was the longest of his career measured by Statcast™, but there was clearly more to come.
462 feet, April 21
Down 3-0 in the count, all Royals pitcher Nate Karns wanted to do was zip a low fastball by Gallo to get back in the count. It didn't go according to plan.
Gallo scorched a line-drive homer that might not have been one of his usual towering shots but still carried far enough to land past a popcorn stand behind the right-field stands. With an exit velocity of 116.1 mph, that homer came in just 0.1 mph slower than Gallo's record 490-footer.
460 feet, Aug. 2
Only seven of Gallo's 41 homers last season came against lefties, but with this homer, he still showed he can drive the ball with the best of them while facing southpaws.
Gallo drove a ball from the Mariners' Ariel Miranda to deep center and parked it past the batter's eye.
459 feet, Aug. 15
Even mistakes from Justin Verlander can be tough to connect with when they're coming in at 97 mph, but Gallo still managed to land one in the second deck of right-center field.
Aiming a fastball low and away from Gallo, Verlander instead left the pitch near the top of the strike zone, with Gallo promptly turning it into another highlight of his young career.
Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com.