The Longest 'Moon Shot' Home Run in the History of Each MLB Stadium

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2012

The Longest 'Moon Shot' Home Run in the History of Each MLB Stadium

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    Nothing gets fans excited like a home run, and every once and a while, a batter really gets into a pitch and hits an awe-inspiring bomb.

    Tape-measure home runs remain among the most impressive feats in all of sports, and just last weekend, Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz hit the longest home run in the history of Angels Stadium.

    So here's a look at the longest "moon shot" home run in the history of each MLB stadium, including the date, pitcher who allowed it and distance.

Angel Stadium, Los Angeles Angels

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    Date: 6/3/2012

    Hitter: Rangers RF Nelson Cruz

    Pitcher: Angels RP Bobby Cassevah 

    Distance: 484 Feet (left-center field)

    With the most recent blast on this list, Cruz connected off Angels reliever Bobby Cassevah this past weekend to seal the Rangers' win and allow the team to avoid being swept.

    A late bloomer, Cruz did not become an everyday player until the age of 28 in 2009, but he has tallied 84 long balls in three years since doing that.

    He's been most impressive in the postseason, though, where he has hit 14 home runs with 27 RBI in 122 at-bats. 

AT&T Park, San Francisco Giants

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    Date: Post-2000

    Hitter: Giants LF Barry Bonds

    Pitcher: vs. Dodgers

    Distance: 499 Feet (center field)

    For as big of a star and then villain as Barry Bonds was during his career, it's surprisingly difficult to find details regarding the longest home run he ever hit at AT&T Park.

    According to BR Bullpen, Bonds holds the mark for longest home run at the stadium with a 499-foot blast to center field.

    Other accounts back this up, and while I found out it was against the Dodgers, I was unable to figure out what year and who was pitching.

Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals

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    Date: 8/15/2011

    Hitter: Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols

    Pitcher: Rockies SP Esmil Rogers

    Distance: 465 Feet (left-center field)

    Despite a "down" season last year in what was his final season with the Cardinals, Pujols managed to put his name in the record books one more time in August when he hit the longest home run in the New Busch Stadium's history.

    Opened seven years ago, Pujols crushed a pitch to left center field just to the right of the second deck of the bleachers that landed in the outfield concourse. 

    Lance Berkman previously held the mark with a 452-foot blast on July 5th of last season that was also the 350th long ball of his career.

Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles

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    Date: 6/17/1998

    Batter: Yankees DH Darryl Strawberry

    Pitcher: Orioles SP Mike Mussina

    Distance: 465 Feet (center field)

    Strawberry began his career like few others have, as he racked up 280 home runs through his first nine seasons, and at the age of 30, looked on his way to being one of the all-time greats.

    However, drugs sidelined his career and nearly put an end to it in the seasons to come before he managed to latch on with the Yankees for a second chance.

    In 1998, at the age of 36 and in his second-to-last season in the league, Strawberry served as the Yankees everyday DH and hit 24 HR with 57 RBI.

    It was a three-run home run to dead center off Orioles ace Mike Mussina in the first inning of a game on June 17th of that year that put him in the record books.

Chase Field, Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Date: 4/26/2004

    Batter: Diamondbacks 1B Richie Sexson

    Pitcher: Cubs RP Francis Beltran

    Distance: 503 Feet (center field)

    Few players in the past 20 years have had as much pure power as 6'6" first baseman Richie Sexson, as he racked up 306 home runs over his 12-year career, including six seasons over 30.

    In the offseason prior to the 2004 season, the Brewers dealt him to the Diamondbacks for a six-player package, the year before he hit free agency. He proved to be a huge disappointment, appearing in just 23 games before going down with an injury.

    Before he was hurt, however, he managed to hit nine home runs in 90 at-bats, and one of them was a bomb off the scoreboard in dead center at Chase Field against hard-throwing Cubs right-hander Francis Beltran that ranks as the longest in the stadium's history.

Citi Field, New York Mets

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    Date: 8/1/2009

    Hitter: Diamondbacks 3B Mark Reynolds

    Pitcher: Mets RP Brian Stokes 

    Distance: 461 Feet (left-center field)

    While he has tremendous power, Reynolds strikes out like few have in the history of baseball as he has led the league each of the past four seasons and holds the single-season record with 223 whiffs in 2009.

    However, the 2009 season also saw him hit .260 BA, 44 HR, 102 RBI as he managed to make the most of his power and solid on-base skills to enjoy the best season of his career to date.

    He was never hotter than during a three-game series against the Mets July 31st-August 3rd that season when he went 5-for-12 with four home runs, including the longest in Citi Field history.

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies

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    Date: 6/27/2007

    Batter: Phillies 1B Ryan Howard

    Pitcher: Reds SP Aaron Harang

    Distance: 505 Feet (center field)

    Not only does Howard hold the record for the longest home run in the history of Citizens Bank Park, but he has launched the top four home runs in stadium history.

    The blast cleared the brick batter's eye in center field and was hit off Reds ace Aaron Harang, who is among the most prolific starters in the game today at allowing home runs.

    The homer was also the 100th of Howard's career in his 325th career game, as he became the fastest to reach that milestone.

Comerica Park, Detroit Tigers

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    Date: 9/25/2005

    Batter: Tigers 1B Carlos Pena

    Pitcher: Mariners RP Jeff Harris

    Distance 461 Feet (right-center field)

    Before he broke out as a member of the Rays, Pena was a top prospect with tons of potential playing with the Tigers.

    After serving as the team's everyday first baseman in 2003 and 2004 and averaging a .244 BA, 22 HR, 66 RBI line, he moved into a part-time role in 2005.

    He posted similar numbers in that role but showed what he was capable of when he crushed a shot to right-center field to surpass the former mark of 457-feet set by Eric Munson.

Coors Field, Colorado Rockies

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    DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/Associated Press

    Date: 9/26/1997

    Batter: Dodgers C Mike Piazza

    Pitcher: Rockies RP Darren Holmes

    Distance: 496 feet (left center field)

    This was one of seven home runs hit in this game, a 10-4 Dodgers victory on the strength of six L.A. homers in the thin Colorado air.

    Raul Mondesi hit two for the Dodgers, but it was Piazza's blast in the sixth to left center field—his 38th home run of the season—that set the Coors Field record. 

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Date: 8/5/1969

    Hitter: Pirates LF Willie Stargell

    Pitcher: Dodgers RP Alan Foster

    Distance: 507 Feet (right field)

    Only four times in history has someone hit a ball completely out of Dodger Stadium, and two of those balls were hit by Pirates great Willie Stargell.

    Mike Piazza and Mark McGwire also did it, but the longest of the four blasts and the first one was hit by Stargell back in 1969.

    The 507-foot blast cleared the right-field pavilion and nailed a bus outside of the stadium in what was the most epic blast in Dodger Stadium history.

Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox

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    Date: 6/9/1946

    Batter: Red Sox LF Ted Williams

    Pitcher: Tigers P Fred Hutchinson

    Distance: 502 Feet (right field)

    In his first season back after serving his country for three seasons, Williams didn't miss a beat in 1946 as he hit .342 BA, 38 HR, 123 RBI and took home AL MVP honors.

    While a number of longer home runs are rumored to have been hit by Babe Ruth during his playing days, the longest on record a Fenway Park was a blast by Williams during the 1946 season.

    A lone red seat, Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21 marks the spot where fan Joe Boucher was hit in the head by the blast, with his straw hat flying off and the ball skipping several more rows back.

Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati Reds

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    Date: 8/10/2004

    Batter: Reds LF Adam Dunn

    Pitcher: Dodgers SP Jose Lima

    Distance: 535 Feet (center field)

    Dunn possesses, perhaps, more pure power than anyone in the big leagues right now, and from 2004-2010, he had at least 38 home runs each season.

    The 2004 season was his breakout year, as he hit .266 BA, 46 HR, 102 RBI while also striking out a then-record 195 times.

    That same season, eccentric right-hander Jose Lima enjoyed a comeback with the Dodgers as he went 13-5 with a 4.07 ERA. Always one to give up a lot of home runs, he served up a mammoth shot to Dunn in August.

Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Royals

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    Date: 9/14/1986

    Batter: Royals RF Bo Jackson

    Pitcher: Mariners SP Mike Moore

    Distance: 475 Feet (left-center field)

    Few MLB players debuted with as much buzz as Bo Jackson did when he joined the Royals in 1986, as he may well be the best all-around athlete in sports history.

    When Jackson blasted the longest home run in Kauffman Stadium history on September 14th, it was the first long ball of his career.

    He followed that up with another in his next game but would not hit another the rest of the season. He blasted 107 over the next four seasons, but none topped his distance of his first blast.

Marlins Park, Miami Marlins

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    Date: 5/21/12

    Hitter: Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton

    Pitcher: Rockies SP Jamie Moyer

    Distance: 462 Feet (left field)

    In the inaugural season of Marlins Park, who else would have the longest home run of the season thus far than Stanton, who has the best power of anyone in the game today?

    His current record-blast came off a hanging breaking ball (fastball?) from 49-year-old Jamie Moyer last month.

    The shot was a grand slam and banged off the scoreboard in left field to eventually give the Marlins the win.

Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers

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    Date: 7/27/2004

    Hitter: Brewers 3B Russell Branyan

    Pitcher: Cubs SP Greg Maddux

    Distance: 480 Feet (right-center field)

    In what was just his second big-league game of the season, Branyan blasted a monstrous home run to right-center field.

    A free-swinger who has made a career of being an power hitter and little else, Branyan has 194 career home runs in just 2,934, which comes to one long ball every 15.1 at-bats. That's good for 17th all time in MLB history.

    For those who wondered, he's currently in Triple-A with the Yankees and is likely just an injury away from being called up to provide a power boost.

Minute Maid Park, Houston Astros

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    Date: 6/7/2003

    Batter: Astros LF Lance Berkman

    Pitcher: Rays SP Geremi Gonzalez

    Distance: 464 Feet (right-center field)

    During his 12 seasons with the Astros, Berkman racked up a line of .296 BA, 326 HR, 1090 RBI as he was one of the most feared sluggers in all of baseball.

    Included in those 326 home runs were the four longest blasts in the history of Minute Maid Park, with the longest coming against the Rays in interleague play.

    Albert Pujols' memorable blast over the railroad tracks against Brad Lidge in the 2005 NLCS may be the most memorable home run in the park's history but fell short of Berkman's blast at 455 feet.

Nationals Park, Washington Nationals

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    Date: 7/4/2009

    Hitter: Nationals LF Adam Dunn

    Pitcher: Braves SP Tommy Hanson

    Distance: 458 Feet (right field)

    In his first season with the Nationals, Dunn continued to do exactly what he had done his entire career as he hit a ton of home runs and got on base at a surprising rate given his strikeout rate.

    Making it more impressive is that Dunn was one of the few people to get to Braves rookie Tommy Hanson that season as he went 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA and allowed just 10 home runs in 127.2 innings.

    How long before Bryce Harper gets into one and captures this title? Only time will tell.

O.co Coliseum, Oakland Athletics

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    Date: 4/6/2012

    Hitter: A's CF Yoenis Cespedes

    Pitcher: Mariners SP Jason Vargas

    Distance: 462 Feet (left-center field)

    Chances are either Mark McGwire and/or Jose Canseco hit one longer during their prime, but as far as I was able to find, the longest recorded home run in the history of the Coliseum was the bomb that Cespedes hit this season.

    The home run was the second of three straight games in which he homered, as he opened the season with a .308 BA, 3 HR, 7 RBI line through his first four games.

    If anyone has evidence of a longer recorded home run in Oakland, I encourage you to shoot me the link, but for now, the honor belongs to the Cuban rookie.

Petco Park, San Diego Padres

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    Date: 4/26/2009

    Hitter: Padres 1B Adrian Gonzalez

    Pitcher: Pirates SP Ross Ohlendorf

    Distance: 458 Feet (right-center field)

    The definition of a pitcher's park, tape-measure bombs at Petco have been few and far between as the ball simply does not carry and the dimensions of the park are enormous.

    That was not enough to contain the blast the All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit back in 2009 though, as he absolutely crushed a pitch to deep left center.

    The Padres no doubt miss their slugger, and surprisingly enough, he has actually hit for less power since leaving spacious Petco for Fenway Park.

PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Date: 4/12/2002

    Hitter: Cubs RF Sammy Sosa

    Pitcher: Pirates SP David Williams

    Distance: 484 Feet (left-center field)

    In 2002, Sosa was wrapping up one of the best streaks in baseball history as he led the league in home runs for the last time in his career with 49 long balls.

    Of the five longest home runs in PNC Park history, Sosa is the only to go to left field, as he drove a David Williams offering out near the flag pole in left center.

    While it's not the longest, Daryle Ward also deserves a mention as he is the only person to hit a home run into the river down the right field line on the fly with a 479-foot blast back in 2002.

Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians

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    Date: 7/3/1999

    Batter: Indians 1B Jim Thome

    Pitcher: Royals SP Don Wengert

    Distance: 511 Feet (center field)

    Thome is a sure-fire future Hall of Famer as he has over 600 career home runs and has remained a steady contributor even into his 40s.

    Royals starter Don Wengert served up the home run in what was his only start of the season for Kansas City, and he would go on to give up six long balls in just 24.1 innings of work that year.

    After a few bounces, the ball wound up bouncing out of the stadium, then Jacobs Field, all together as it was the definition of a tape-measure blast.

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas Rangers

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    Date: 6/27/2010

    Hitter: Rangers LF Josh Hamilton

    Pitcher: Astros SP Roy Oswalt

    Distance: 485 Feet (right-center field)

    Few players have put on as impressive a display of power as Josh Hamilton did during the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium.

    However, that prolific power has also carried over to the regular season, and after his record-breaking blast was originally estimated at 468 feet, a closer look at the ball's trajectory bumped the estimate to 485 feet and gave him the record.

    He also has the third-longest home run in stadium history with a 460-foot shot in May of 2009. Jose Canseco comes in second with a 480-foot home run back in 1994.

Rogers Center, Toronto Blue Jays

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    Date: 6/3/2001

    Hitter: Red Sox LF Manny Ramirez

    Pitcher: Blue Jays SP Chris Carpenter

    Distance: 491 Feet (left field)

    Formerly the SkyDome, there have only been five players in the history of the stadium to hit a ball into the fifth deck 500-level seats.

    Jose Canseco did it three times, while Joe Carter, Shawn Green and Carlos Delgado each did it once. They all trailed Mark McGwire though who previously held the record with a 488-foot shot.

    Making it more interesting, Ramirez hit his bomb off a young Chris Carpenter, who had yet to put it all together but begun to show flashes with an 11-11 record and 4.09 ERA.

Safeco Field, Seattle Mariners

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    I was unable to find any information regarding the longest home run in the history of Safeco Field, so anyone with any insight feel free to help me out in the comments section.

    According to hittrackeronline.com, which has records dating back to 2006, Mark Teixeira has the longest home run in that span with a 462-foot blast on September 2nd, 2007.

Target Field, Minnesota Twins

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    Date: 7/17/2011

    Hitter: Twins DH Jim Thome

    Pitcher: Royals SP Felipe Paulino 

    Distance: 490 Feet (right-center field)

    Thome spent a season-and-a-half playing for the Twins, at the age of 39 and 40, and he launched 37 home runs in 482 at-bats over that span as a part-time player.

    Proving to still have plenty of pop, Thome has hit the three longest home runs in the history of recently opened Target Field.

    This is his second appearance on the list, and with 604 career long balls, it's no surprise that some of them have been legendarily long.

Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay Rays

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    Date: 4/4/2001

    Hitter: Rays 3B Vinny Castilla

    Pitcher: Blue Jays SP Joey Hamilton

    Distance: 478 Feet (left field)

    Only two balls have ever landed in the left-field party deck at Tropicana Field. Evan Longoria hit one 473 feet back in 2010, good for third-longest in park history, and Vinny Castilla who surpassed that by five feet.

    Castilla was a huge disappointment in his time with the then Devil Rays, hitting .219 over a season and a half before being traded. However, he managed to make his mark with one swing of the bat.

    Not to be forgotten, the 502-foot blast that Bryce Harper hit at the stadium in a high school showcase that made him a YouTube legend before he was even drafted. 

Turner Field, Atlanta Braves

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    Date: 9/1/2001

    Batter: Cubs RF Sammy Sosa

    Pitcher: Braves SP Greg Maddux

    Distance: 471 Feet (center field)

    During a season in which he would hit 64 home runs and drive in a league-best 160 runs, Sosa had his fair share of moon shots.

    However, it was his two-run shot against future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux in the top of the first inning of a game to kick off September that earned him a place in the record books.

    During his run at the 700 career home runs, Barry Bonds hit a pair of bombs in the same game to make a run at Sosa with a 467-foot shot and a 462-foot shot for numbers 695 and 696 of his career.

U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago White Sox

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    Date: 8/30/2004

    Batter: White Sox RF Joe Borchard

    Pitchers: Phillies SP Brett Myers

    Distance: 504 Feet (right-center field)

    A two-sport star at Stanford University where he also played quarterback, the White Sox signed Borchard to a then-record $5.3 million signing bonus when they took him 12th overall in the 2000 draft.

    While he certainly had the tools, he never made enough contact to stick in the big leagues and the longest look he ever got with the White Sox came in 2004 when he hit .174 BA, 9 HR, 20 RBI over 201 at-bats.

    Despite the poor numbers that season, he did manage to show the raw power that made him such a high pick when he annihilated a Brett Myers fastball over the bleachers and halfway up the concourse in right center for the longest home run in the park's history.

Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs

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    Date: 4/14/1976

    Batter: Mets RF Dave Kingman

    Pitcher: Cubs RP Tom Dettore

    Distance: ~530 Feet (left-center field)

    A true all-or-nothing hitter, Kingman launched 442 career home runs but did it with a .236 career average and 1,816 career strikeouts.

    While he would later enjoy the best season of his career (.288 BA, 48 HR, 115 RBI) in 1979 and spent three seasons with the North Siders, Kingman hit a wind-assisted blast that gives him the record while playing for the Mets.

    He has the official record, but Glenallen Hill's blast onto the rooftops down the left field line was grossly underestimated at roughly 500 feet and likely would have been the record had that pesky building not gotten in the way of the ball.

Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees

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    Date: 5/22/2009

    Hitter: Phillies LF Raul Ibanez

    Pitcher: Yankees RP Chien-Ming Wang

    Distance: 477 Feet (right-center field)

    Ibanez enjoyed a terrific start to the 2009 season, as he hit .309 BA, 22 HR, 60 RBI in the first half, and while he slowed in the second half, he still hit a career-high 34 home runs that season as a 37-year-old.

    Now a member of the Yankees, Ibanez currently holds the record for longest home run in the new Yankee Stadium. He hit it during interleague play back in 2009.

    The blast came off a struggling Chien-Ming Wang who had been demoted to the bullpen and was one of four straight games that Ibanez homered in during a hot streak.