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Cespedes' homer soars where few have been

Ball clears 410-foot fence in center, batter's eye beyond
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Yoenis Cespedes certainly made an impact with his first home run of Spring Training, launching a solo shot over the batter's eye in center field in the fourth inning Thursday.

Leading off against Marlins right-hander Dan Straily, Cespedes extended his arms on an 89-mph fastball and clubbed a pitch over both the 410-foot fence in straightaway center and the batter's eye that extends dozens of feet into the air behind it. The ball landed in a cluster of trees separating First Data Field from the Mets' cluster of back fields that extend beyond it.

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Yoenis Cespedes certainly made an impact with his first home run of Spring Training, launching a solo shot over the batter's eye in center field in the fourth inning Thursday.

Leading off against Marlins right-hander Dan Straily, Cespedes extended his arms on an 89-mph fastball and clubbed a pitch over both the 410-foot fence in straightaway center and the batter's eye that extends dozens of feet into the air behind it. The ball landed in a cluster of trees separating First Data Field from the Mets' cluster of back fields that extend beyond it.

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It is exceedingly rare for anyone to hit a ball over the towering batter's eye in center. The last to do it in a Grapefruit League game was David Wright, who took Tanner Roark of the Nationals deep in 2015.

Video: WSH@NYM: Wright hammers three-run shot over the wall

But Cespedes? "He can do it at will, I think," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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