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5 longest postseason homers since 2015

@AndrewSimonMLB
March 12, 2019

Gary Sanchez already had homered once when he stepped to the plate against Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez in the seventh inning at Fenway Park. But the Yankees catcher wasn't done yet -- far from it. Instead, he pummeled an even more memorable blast. Sanchez's second homer of the night

Gary Sanchez already had homered once when he stepped to the plate against Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez in the seventh inning at Fenway Park.

But the Yankees catcher wasn't done yet -- far from it. Instead, he pummeled an even more memorable blast.
Sanchez's second homer of the night left his bat at 114.8 mph and flew a projected 479 feet over the Green Monster. The three-run shot provided New York some breathing room on the way to a 6-2 victory that evened up the 2018 American League Division Series at a game apiece.

But where does Sanchez's swat stand among the longest postseason home runs Statcast™ has tracked since the system came online in 2015? Here is a look at the top five:

1. Willson Contreras, Cubs: 491 feet
2017 National League Championship Series, Game 4
Trailing 3-0 in the series, the Cubs needed a jolt when Contreras stepped to the plate against Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood in a scoreless tie in the second inning at Wrigley Field. The Chicago catcher provided just that, teeing off on a meaty fastball and sending it soaring high off the video board above the left-field bleachers. Not only is it the longest postseason homer Statcast™ has tracked, but it also is tied for the eighth-longest big fly overall, including the regular season.

2. Sanchez, Yankees: 479 feet
2018 ALDS Game 2
Sanchez is no stranger to prodigious big flies. On Aug. 22, 2017, he launched one that cleared the left field seats at Detroit's Comerica Park and was projected at 493 feet -- tied for fifth longest in Statcast™ history. His October feat from Saturday may have been more impressive, given the circumstances. The 114.8-mph exit velocity ranks as the third-highest on a postseason homer, behind two from teammates Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge in this year's AL Wild Card Game. At 479 feet, Sanchez tied for the fifth-longest homer hit across MLB in 2018, and the distance set a Fenway Park Statcast™ record.

3. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs: 459 feet
2015 NLCS Game 1
The Cubs trailed the Mets, 4-1, in the eighth inning at Citi Field when Schwarber finally ended Matt Harvey's night by launching a high fastball way out to right-center field. Chicago went on to lose the game and the series -- a year before completing a championship run -- but for Schwarber it was the fourth of five homers he slugged in 27 at-bats that October as a rookie. The 110.4-mph shot still ranks as the fourth-longest Schwarber has hit in his career.

4. Eric Hosmer, Royals: 453 feet
2015 ALDS Game 4
Hosmer isn't necessarily known as a power hitter, but he sure got ahold of one in October 2015, providing two big insurance runs in the ninth inning of a 9-6 victory at Houston that evened the series at two games apiece. A strong high-ball hitter, Hosmer was all over a heater from righty Josh Fields and sent it soaring to the back of the bullpen in deep right-center field. It stands as Hosmer's second-longest homer since Statcast™ began tracking, and helped push Kansas City along on its championship run.

5 (tie). Jayson Werth, Nationals: 450 feet
2016 NLDS Game 3
With Washington holding a 4-3 lead entering the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium, L.A. asked closer Kenley Jansen to keep it a one-run game. No such luck. Werth got a pitch down the middle and crushed it at 110.5 mph, into the upper reaches of the left-field bleachers. It turned out to be the last of Werth's 15 career postseason homers, and he made it count.

5 (tie). Schwarber, Cubs: 450 feet
2015 NL Wild Card Game
As mentioned, Schwarber went on a tear in the '15 postseason, and it all began in this winner-take-all contest at Pittsburgh. The Cubs were holding a 1-0 lead and had a man on base in the third inning when Pirates righty Gerrit Cole hung a slider. Schwarber tattooed it at 111.3 mph, over the right-field seats at PNC Park and out toward the Allegheny River.

Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB.