Avisail Garcia crushes longest HR of season

White Sox slugger hits a blast 481 feet against Blue Jays

April 4th, 2018

TORONTO -- took the lead for the longest home run hit in the Majors this season, when he sent a towering shot off the facing of the fourth deck in Toronto on Tuesday night in Chicago's 14-5 loss.

Garcia's 481-foot home run was measured by Statcast™ at 116.7 mph off the bat with a launch angle of 27 degrees. Only eight home runs travelled farther last season.

"That was a well-struck ball," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "I don't think I've seen one struck as well as that."

This is also the longest home run hit by a member of the Chicago White Sox since Statcast™'s introduction in 2015.

"It was a pretty impressive blast, just from standing in the dugout and watching it," Renteria added. "Anybody who is a fan of baseball must have been impressed by that shot."

The pitch from Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ was an 85.9 mph slider that caught far too much of the plate, and Garcia got all of it. The right fielder singled in his first at-bat of the night and struck out swinging in his second.