Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Hamilton's HR Tuesday his 4th-longest in '11
By Randy Jennings
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton’s majestic 448-foot home run into the upper deck of the right field stands at Rangers Ballpark on Tuesday, as impressive as it was, is not the Rangers outfielder’s longest this season.
According to the ESPN Home Run Tracker website, Hamilton has hit three home runs in 2011 that traveled a greater distance.
Hamilton has had two road home runs estimated at 449 feet, at Cleveland on June 4 and at Anaheim on July 19.
His longest this season came at Rangers Ballpark on July 9 against Oakland, a drive measured at 459 feet. That home run ranks 25th by distance in the major leagues this season.
"You don't see people with the tools and the power like Josh,'' said teammate David Murphy. "It is incredible what he brings to the table.''
The longest home run so far is 486 feet by Prince Fielder of Milwaukee on April 29.
Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland is tied for fourth with a 472-foot home run against Houston on June 20 at Rangers Ballpark.
The Rangers' Nelson Cruz, currently on the disabled list, has two home runs in the top 25 for distance: 461 feet against the Angels last Friday and 459 feet at Cleveland on June 4.
Names that pop up a lot on the list of longest homers: Mark Trumbo of the Angels, Ryan Howard of the Phillies and Mike Stanton of the Marlins.