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 seven seasons Statcast has measured a plethora of neck-craning shots that have to be seen to be believed. Here are the 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. (tie) C.J. Cron: 504 feet, Sept. 9, 2022, vs. ARI
It's only fair for the longest measured home run in Coors Field history to belong to a member of the Rockies -- even if Cron's towering 504-foot blast has to share the honor with the one Giancarlo Stanton hit in 2016.
2. (tie) 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."
4. Christian Yelich: 499 feet, Sept. 6, 2022 vs. COL
This moonshot, which did eventually land in Coors Field's third deck, didn't just give Yelich sole possession of the No. 3 spot on this list -- it also topped his previous career best by 37 feet.
5. (tie) Jesús Sánchez: 496 feet, May 30, 2022 vs. COL
Despite Coors Field's long history of majestic home runs, Sánchez's 496-footer is third in terms of distance -- while it represented the only run the Marlins scored in an otherwise run-of-the-mill 7-1 loss, there was nothing forgettable about this shot.
5. (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.
5. (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.
8. (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.
8. (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.
8. (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) Miguel Sanó: 495 feet, Aug. 25, 2021, vs. BOS
Sanó joined Judge as a two-timer on this list when he demolished a baseball and sent it off the facing of a billboard above Fenway Park's famous Green Monster in left-center field -- a location you rarely see balls reach at Fenway, outside the famed 1999 Home Run Derby.
8. (tie) Ryan McMahon: 495 feet, Aug. 9, 2022, vs. STL
McMahon crushed an 82 mph, low-and-inside changeup 495 feet for the longest home run by a Rockie in the Statcast era. While the moonshot broke team records, it was only the third-longest in Coors Field behind Stanton and Sánchez's long balls.