MLB's Longest Home Run Blasts of the Week

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistMay 19, 2013

Over the past week of MLB action, 194 home runs have been hit by 142 different players off of 136 different pitchers, according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker.

Combined, the week's home runs would have traveled a total of 77,490 feet—roughly 14.7 miles—with your average blast landing 399.4 feet away from home plate had its path not been impeded by fans, scoreboards and the like.

Angels left fielder Mark Trumbo and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo remain tied for the longest home runs of 2013, with each slugger hitting a 475-foot blast earlier this season.

Did anyone come close to challenging for the top spot this week? 

Let's take a look.

T-10. Miguel Cabrera (439 Feet)

Date: May 14

Vs. Hector Ambriz, Houston Astros

Season HR: 8

Career HR vs. Ambriz: 1

Total 2013 HR Distance: 3,227 feet

Average 2013 HR Distance: 403.4 feet

Is it crazy to think about Miguel Cabrera not only winning back-to-back MVP awards, but back-to-back Triple Crowns?

Maybe—but I'm not going to be the one who says that Miggy can't do something on the diamond.

While his current pace has him on track to hit 32 home runs, a number that's likely too low to lead the league, it's the same pace that he was on at this point last year, when he ended up with 44. 

When Cabrera flashes his power, as he did against Houston's Hector Ambriz, it serves as a reminder that the best hitter in baseball is more than capable of having a power surge at any time—and that the idea of back-to-back crowns isn't as far-fetched as it may seem.

T-10. Josh Hamilton (439 Feet)

Date: May 14

Vs. Jeremy Guthrie, Kansas City Royals

Season HR: 5

Career HR vs. Guthrie: 3

Total 2013 HR Distance: 2,032 feet

Average 2013 HR Distance: 406.4 feet

While we have yet to see the Angels fearsome foursome of Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo all go yard in the same game, Kansas City's Jeremy Guthrie gave us a chance to see Angels history be made this past Tuesday:

For first time ever, Pujols, @trouty20 and @thejoshhamilton all homered in the same…

— MLB (@MLB) May 15, 2013

Of the three, Hamilton's solo-shot was by far the most impressive, landing about halfway up the grassy patch beyond the outfield wall in straightaway center field at Angels Stadium and giving the home team a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.

T-10. Travis Snider (439 Feet)

Date: May 16

Vs. Hiram Burgos, Milwaukee Brewers

Season HR: 1

Career HR vs. Burgos: 1

Total 2013 HR Distance: 439 feet

Average 2013 HR Distance: 439 feet

Since Travis Snider hit 14 home runs in 82 games for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010, the long ball has been an elusive accomplishment for 25-year-old outfielder, who heading into the week had hit only seven big league home runs since then.

We can make that eight bombs for Snider, who took hold of a fastball from Hiram Burgos and promptly deposited it in the Allegheny River beyond the right-center field seats, giving the Pirates a 3-1 lead over Milwaukee in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Both of the home runs that Snider has hit in a Pirates uniform have traveled more than 420 feet, with four of the last five home runs that he's hit in his career eclipsing the 400-foot mark.

7. Justin Upton (440 Feet)

Date: May 13

Vs. Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks

Season HR: 13

Career HR vs. Miley: 1

Total 2013 HR Distance: 5,983 feet

Average 2013 HR Distance: 427.4 feet

Justin Upton's return to Arizona couldn't have gone much better.

The Braves won convincingly, 10-1, with Upton picking up four hits, including this mammoth blast off of former teammate Wade Miley.

Justin Upton's 6th inning home run traveled 440 feet, his second-longest of the season (460-foot HR on April 1)

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 14, 2013

Spoiler alert: This isn't Upton's only appearance on this week's list, and as a result, what was Upton's second-longest home run in a Braves uniform no longer is.

6. Mark Trumbo (441 Feet)

Date: May 18

Vs. Hector Santiago, Chicago White Sox

Season HR: 10

Career HR vs. Santiago: 1

Total 2013 HR Distance: 4,174 feet

Average 2013 HR Distance: 417.4 feet

When Mark Trumbo unleashed a massive solo shot off of Chicago's Hector Santiago for his 10th home run of the season, CSN Chicago's Dan Hayes made this comparison:

Mark Trumbo just rivaled Alex Rios' homer from two nights ago. Solo shot cuts #WhiteSoxlead to 4-1.

— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) May 18, 2013

Not only did Trumbo's bomb against Chicago's Hector Santiago rival this 438-foot blast from Rios (off of the Angels' Jerome Williams), but it traveled far enough to bounce Rios from this week's Top 10 list, clearing both left field bullpens at Angel Stadium on the fly.

5. Brian McCann (444 Feet)

Date: May 13

Vs. Tony Sipp, Arizona Diamondbacks

Season HR: 3

Career HR vs. Sipp: 1

Total 2013 HR Distance: 1,239 feet

Average 2013 HR Distance: 413 feet

Remember last season when people were saying that Brian McCann was washed up?

Well, Atlanta's All-Star catcher has returned from offseason shoulder surgery and silenced his detractors with mammoth blasts like this one off of Arizona's Tony Sipp this past Monday, which at the time was his third home run in his first 26 at-bats of the season and the third-longest blast for the Braves this year.

McCann hasn't gone yard in 12 at-bats since, and his impressive 444-foot bomb has been outdone by, you guessed it, Justin Upton, who hit an even more impressive blast later in the week that is coming up.

4. Brandon Moss (449 Feet)

Date: May 13

Vs. Justin Grimm, Texas Rangers

Season HR: 6

Career HR vs. Grimm: 1

Total 2013 HR Distance: 2,446 feet

Average 2013 HR Distance: 407.6 feet

Things were looking grim for Texas starter Justin Grimm before Oakland's Brandon Moss came to the plate with one out in the bottom of the third inning at the Coliseum.

The A's put two runs across the board in the bottom of the second, and the A's Yoenis Cespedes had just taken the Rangers rookie deep, giving Oakland an early 3-1 lead. Moss, who struck out swinging an inning earlier, worked a 2-and-2 count on six pitches.

Then came the seventh, a fastball that Moss sent screaming to straightaway center field, setting a bit of team history in the process:

Brandon Moss follows with the 7,000th home run in Oakland history. #Athletics lead is now 4-1.

— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) May 14, 2013

3. Pedro Alvarez (456 Feet)

Date: May 17

Vs. Hector Ambriz, Houston Astros

Season HR: 7

Career HR vs. Ambriz: 1

Total 2013 HR Distance: 2,901 feet

Average 2013 HR Distance: 414 feet

Things haven't gone according to plan when it comes to Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who has consistently failed to live up to the lofty expectations that the team had for him when selecting him second overall in the 2008 draft.

He doesn't hit for average, doesn't get on base consistently, plays mediocre defense and is allergic to drawing a walk—but he's got power, something that Astros reliever Hector Ambriz became all-too familiar with this past Friday night.

Alvarez hit the ball with so much force that the Pirates dispute the official distance on this tape-measure shot:

The @pirates estimate this Pedro Alvarez bomb at 462 feet. It nearly hit the river on the fly, so, yeah:

— MLB (@MLB) May 18, 2013

2. Justin Upton (461 Feet)

Date: May 17

Vs. Paco Rodriguez, Los Angeles Dodgers

Season HR: 14

Career HR vs. Rodriguez: 1

Total 2013 HR Distance: 5,983 feet

Average 2013 HR Distance: 427 feet

Justin Upton's second appearance on this week's Top 10 list was even more impressive than the first, absolutely crushing a pitch from Paco Rodriguez deep into the left field stands at Turner Field for a grand slam, giving the Braves a 6-4 lead over the Dodgers.

Upton's torrid start to the season continues, and he has quickly become this year's most prodigious slugger, a fact that ESPN Stats and Info helps to confirm:

Justin Upton's average HR for @braves is traveling 427.4 feet this season, the longest average distance for any player with 5+ HR

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 18, 2013

If that wasn't enough evidence of how much Upton loves wearing a Braves uniform, consider this:

Justin Upton has 10 HR this season of 420 feet or longer.Last season he had 5 HR of 420 feet or longer.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 18, 2013

That MVP award that we've been waiting for Upton to finally win?

With the way he's been swinging the bat, you have to like his chances in 2013.

1. J.D. Martinez (464 Feet)

Date: May 15

Vs. Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers

Season HR: 3

Career HR vs. Scherzer: 1

Total 2013 HR Distance: 1,218 feet

Average 2013 HR Distance: 406 feet

While J.D. Martinez continues to struggle to hit for average in the big leagues, recording only seven hits in 28 at-bats (.250 BA) since being recalled from Triple-A on May 7, the 25-year-old left fielder is making his hits count.

Of those seven hits, five have gone for extra bases—four doubles and this massive 464-foot blast off of Detroit's Max Scherzer, a bomb that ties Martinez with David Wright of the Mets for the sixth-longest home run in baseball this season and made a bit of history as well, courtesy of Fox Sports' Dave Hogg:

J.D. Martinez's homer (464 feet) was the longest by a visiting player at Comerica since ESPN's HR tracker started in 2006.

— Dave Hogg (@Stareagle) May 16, 2013

For Martinez, the blast was the longest of his career and only the fifth time that he's had a home run travel at least 400 feet.


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