With the power-hitting prowess of today's ballplayers, towering, 450-foot home runs have almost become a regular occurrence -- though no less impressive. But what about hitting a monster home run with the game on the line or down to your last few strikes, sending everyone home with some extra flair? What about 450-foot (or more) walk-off home runs?
In fact, unusual as they are, we saw three long walk-off homers in 2021, courtesy of Salvador Perez and Kyle Schwarber, and Byron Buxton set a new all-time record in 2022. Here are the longest walk-off home runs in the Statcast era (since 2015).
1) Byron Buxton, Twins: 469 feet
April 24, 2022 vs. White Sox
As a true five-tool player, when Buxton is on the field, he tends to leave his mark on the Statcast leaderboards. This game was a great example. With his club trailing the White Sox late, Buxton hit a game-tying home run in the 7th inning that would ultimately force extras, once again bringing the Twins' center fielder to the plate in a big spot in the bottom of the 10th. With two men on and one out, and now trailing again after Chicago scored in the top half of the inning, Buxton hit a monster 110.8 mph, 469-foot home run off of White Sox closer Liam Hendriks for the longest walk-off home run in Statcast history -- and the longest shot of his career to date.
2) Mark Reynolds, Rockies: 464 feet
June 26, 2016 vs. Diamondbacks
The majority of the power-hitting Reynolds' career took place before the advent of Statcast, but he did have just enough time to put himself atop this list. The Rockies and D-backs were locked in a 7-7 tie in the ninth when Reynolds came to the plate to face his former team and sent Silvino Bracho's offering 464 feet into dead center. Despite leading this list, the 464-footer only stood as Reynolds' career best tracked by Statcast for less than a month before he topped it by 20 feet.
3) Kyle Schwarber, Nationals: 463 feet
April 16, 2021 vs. Diamondbacks
Schwarber's bomb was unusual for a number of reasons. The Nationals and Diamondbacks each entered the bottom of the ninth scoreless with only seven hits between them. Avoiding the need for a rally, Schwarber took Arizona's Alex Young deep into the second deck at Nationals Park and gave the Nats a neat 1-0 win. Even better? That was his first home run in a Nationals uniform.
4) Salvador Perez, Royals: 459 feet
April 17, 2021, vs. Blue Jays
A walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh? The Blue Jays and Royals played a doubleheader, so with the game locked at 2-2, Kansas City was on walk-off watch a little earlier than usual in Game 2. Perez didn't just win the game with this 459-foot blast -- he also set a new personal record for home run distance, topping his previous high of 454 feet.
5) Chris Davis, Orioles: 458 feet
Sept. 2, 2015 vs. Rays
Davis hit 47 home runs in 2015, his second-highest single-season mark to date, so it should come as no surprise that he actually hit two walk-off homers that year. Coincidentally, both walk-offs were part of multi-homer games. Davis' walk-off bomb vs. Matt Andriese remains the longest tracked home run of his career.
6) Kyle Schwarber, 454 feet
April 30, 2021 vs. Marlins
Just two weeks after launching a 463-foot walk-off shot to lift the Nationals over the D-backs, Schwarber delivered a walk-off homer again in a 2-1 Washington victory over Miami. He belted the two-run shot off reliever Yimi García in the bottom of the 10th inning after the Marlins had taken the lead in the top of the frame. Schwarber crushed García's 95.8 mph fastball to right-center field, registering an exit velocity off the bat of 115.4 mph.
7-T) Anthony Rizzo, Cubs: 453 feet
July 26, 2018 vs. Diamondbacks
By July of 2018, it had been almost four years since Rizzo's last walk-off home run. That probably had nothing to do with this ball almost leaving Wrigley entirely, but it certainly wasn't a bad way to end the streak. This 453-footer that broke a 6-6 tie and gave the Cubs the win was his longest home run of 2018, and stands as the third-longest of his career tracked by Statcast.
7-T) Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees: 453 feet
June 20, 2018 vs. Mariners
No list of mammoth home runs would be complete without Stanton, who owns the second-farthest home run since 2015 (504 feet) and nine of the top 11 hardest-hit balls. So it is entirely unsurprising that his first walk-off in New York qualified for this list. With the game tied at five in the bottom of the ninth, Stanton sent an 0-2 slider from Ryan Cook 453 feet into left-center. Somehow, its exit velocity of 117.9 mph barely cracks his personal top 30 tracked by Statcast.