Sunday marks the 58th anniversary of one of the most famous home runs in Yankees history, Mickey Mantle’s 565-foot blast off Washington Senators pitcher Chuck Stobbs at Griffith Stadium, a home run so long it landed in the backyard of a house located beyond the ballpark.
The Yankees longest home run last season didn't quite reach that length-- a 455-foot shot by Curtis Grandersonn against Josh Beckett on Opening Day.
The Yankees will be challenged to go tape-measure against Rangers starter Alexi Ogando on Sunday Night Baseball at 8 tonight.
Ogando's high fastball has been very effective. Review of Pitch F/X data shows that hitters have swung at 24 of his fastballs in the upper-third of the strike zone and above this season. They’ve missed 11 of them, which gives him a miss rate among the highest of anyone in the majors (45.8 percent) with that pitch. He's also thrown his slider for strikes 72 percent of the time.
For more nuggets to know on tonight's contest, check out the Stats and Info blog.