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Stanton adds to legend with laser HR

Giancarlo and Judge have now hit 13 hardest HRs in Statcast Era
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If you turned away -- or even blinked for a second -- you may have missed some Statcast™ history.

Giancarlo Stanton's name has been ubiquitous with Statcast™, and on Thursday, the Yankees' slugger made some batted ball history again. Stanton connected on his fifth-inning home run with a scorching 121.7 mph exit velocity to send the ball a projected 449 feet, surpassing his teammate, Aaron Judge, for the hardest home run Statcast™ has tracked from any player since it launched in 2015.

If you turned away -- or even blinked for a second -- you may have missed some Statcast™ history.

Giancarlo Stanton's name has been ubiquitous with Statcast™, and on Thursday, the Yankees' slugger made some batted ball history again. Stanton connected on his fifth-inning home run with a scorching 121.7 mph exit velocity to send the ball a projected 449 feet, surpassing his teammate, Aaron Judge, for the hardest home run Statcast™ has tracked from any player since it launched in 2015.

Those two names -- Stanton and Judge -- form a common theme atop the exit velocity leaderboard. In fact, Stanton's record-setter on Thursday means the two Yankees bruisers have now combined to hit the 13 hardest homers in Statcast™ history. Below is a quick look at the 10 hardest.

1. Stanton: 121.7 mph
Date: Aug. 9, 2018, vs. TEX
Stanton picked up the Yankees' offensive responsibilities with Judge sidelined with a chip fracture in his wrist, seemingly pounding pitch after pitch with authority. His home run Thursday -- which gave him three straight games with a dinger -- was hit hardest of all, slicing through the warm Bronx night and into the second deck of the left-field seats at Yankee Stadium.

Only one ball of any kind has been hit harder under Statcast™ tracking, and that also belonged to Stanton. He hit a 122.2 mph single on the final day of the 2017 season, when he was chasing his mythical 60th homer of the campaign.

Video: BAL@NYY: Statcast™ measures Judge's 121.1-mph homer

2. Judge: 121.1 mph
Date: June 10, 2017, vs. BAL
Judge's hardest homer came amid an offensive deluge for the Yankees, who sent 10 men to the plate against Orioles starter Chris Tillman in the first inning. The blast -- along with Judge's performance in the 2017 Home Run Derby -- helped the outfielder establish himself as a superstar in the game.

Video: BAL@NYY: Judge crushes home run at 119.4 mph

3. Judge: 119.4 mph
Date: April 28, 2017, vs. BAL
Judge's damage against the Orioles wasn't limited to tape-measure home runs. His 1.637 OPS against Baltimore in 2017 finished as the second-best in history by any player against a single opponent (min. 85 plate appearances), behind only Babe Ruth's 1.720 OPS against the Indians in 1921.

Video: NYY@TOR: Stanton mashes a 119.3-mph laser homer

4. Stanton: 119.3 mph
Date: June 6, 2018, vs. TOR
Stanton's personal hardest homer before Thursday was both crushed and timely; the 416-foot laser beam came just after Judge's 13th-inning homer that broke a scoreless tie with the Blue Jays. Stanton's follow-up provided welcome insurance in the Pinstripes' 3-0 win.

Video: STL@MIA: Statcast™ tracks Stanton's 479-foot home run

5. Stanton: 119.2 mph
Date: June 23, 2015, vs. STL
Stanton's hardest tater in a Marlins uniform was majestic in every sense of the word. Hit up toward the glass windows at the back of Marlins Park, Stanton's shot off Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez went a projected 479 feet, per Statcast™.

Video: ATL@MIA: Stanton hits second homer of game for No. 59

6. Stanton: 118.7 mph
Date: Sept. 28, 2017, vs. ATL
Few hitters in recent memory can claim they were as locked in as Stanton was last fall, when he went on a blistering pace to approach 60 home runs. Even more remarkable was how hard Stanton was hitting some of those homers, none harder than his 59th and final dinger off Braves pitcher Rex Brothers.

Video: BAL@NYY: Judge belts 495-foot homer, longest of 2017

7. Judge: 118.6 mph
Date: June 11, 2017, vs. BAL
Part three of Judge's dominance against the Orioles on this list is a blast that no one in Yankee Stadium that day is likely to forget. Struck with both elite exit velocity and an ideal 28-degree launch angle, Judge's rocket sailed over the left-center concourse at Yankee Stadium for a projected 495-foot distance reading from Statcast™. It tied Kris Bryant for the second-farthest homer ever tracked by Statcast™, behind only Stanton's 504-foot blast at Colorado's Coors Field on Aug. 6, 2016.

"I've seen him hit homers, but that one from today is just incredible," said Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez. "I've never seen anything like that."

Video: MIA@PHI: Statcast™ tracks Stanton's laser home run

8. Stanton: 118.5 mph
Date: April 23, 2015, vs. PHI
Stanton broke in the technology with force in the first month of the '15 season, pulverizing an offering from Phillies pitcher Justin DeFratus and sending a heat-seeking laser to left that left the bat with an incredibly low 13-degree launch angle. This is one of a small handful of homers tracked with a launch angle below 15 degrees in Statcast™ history.

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9. Judge: 118.4 mph
Date: July 4, 2018, vs. TOR
This homer left a mark -- literally. Judge's 456-foot Independence Day firework left a noticeable dent in a metal casement in left-center at Yankee Stadium.

Video: TOR@NYY: Judge crushes 52nd home run 484 feet

10. Judge: 118.3 mph
Date: Sept. 30, 2017, vs. KC
Like Stanton's final homer of 2017, Judge's swan song was anything but cheap. With the rookie home run record already in tow, Judge took a victory lap on this 484-foot shot that helped him pass Babe Ruth for the most homers by any player at Yankee Stadium in a single season.

Hardest home runs hit by players other than Stanton or Judge

Video: OAK@TEX: Gallo hits 2-run HR at 117.5 mph off the bat

1-T. Joey Gallo: 117.5 mph
Date: June 5, 2018, vs. OAK
1-T. Hanley Ramirez: 117.5 mph
Date: April 11, 2018, vs. NYY
3. Carlos Gonzalez: 117.4
Date: April 4, 2016, vs. ARI
4. Marcell Ozuna: 117.2 mph
Date: April 3, 2018, vs. MIL
5-T. Nomar Mazara: 117.1 mph
Date: May 9, 2018, vs. DET
5-T. Kyle Schwarber: 117.1 mph
Date: April 24, 2018, vs. CLE

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

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