LoMo's homer longest so far at Marlins' Park
MIAMI -- For at least one swing, Logan Morrison has bragging rights over Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton may be one of the most powerful sluggers in the game, but the distinction of the longest home run measured at Marlins Park goes to Morrison.
In the third inning of Miami's 7-0 win over the Nationals on Friday night, Morrison blasted a two-run homer off Dan Haren into the second deck in right-center. The estimated distance, announced by the Marlins, was 484 feet, making it the longest homer ever at the two-year old ballpark.
At cavernous Marlins Park, center field is measured at 418 feet, with a 13 1/2-foot-high wall. And the gap in left-center is 386 feet, compared to 392 feet for the gap in right.
Compounding problems for hitters is that the ball doesn't travel as well as in other parks.
Many Marlins and visiting players routinely grumble about not being rewarded by the building.
Morrison now has six home runs on the season, with just one in Miami. The no-doubt blast gives him something over Stanton, who has the kind of power that makes any ballpark appear small.
"I hit one further than him in here, so, I'm taking it and running with it," Morrison said.
Stanton was happy the measurement was rewarding, because there are several misleading measurement signs located around the park, some on the concourse. There is a sign of 465 over the second deck in right-center that Stanton repeatedly jokes about, because it is not even close to being accurate.
"I was telling [Morrison], 'They were probably going to give him like 420, and just call it a day.' That's what they always do," Stanton said. "I was like, 'Thank goodness, they gave you a good number.'"
Still, is the 484 number accurate?
The Marlins' public relations staff uses a grid of estimations of the ballpark. And frequently the measurements don't match the ESPN Home Run Tracker website, which listed Morrison's homer at 467 feet.
Even if 467 feet is accurate, it makes it the longest shot at Marlins Park. In 2012, Stanton belted a grand slam off Jamie Moyer that knocked out some light panels the auxiliary scoreboard.
Stanton's slam was estimated at 462 feet.
Prior to Morrison's shot, the longest two homers this year at Marlins Park were turned in by Juan Francisco and Hunter Pence. Each were credited with 459-foot shots.
Francisco, while with Atlanta, went deep off Alex Sanabia on April 10. Pence blistered his shot off Tom Koehler on Aug. 18.
Whatever the exact distance, Morrison just knows he hit the ball well.
"It felt like I hit a rubber ball," he said.