MLB's Longest Home Run Blasts of the Week (June 2-June 8)
After yet another week of the MLB season, it's time once again to look back at the longest home runs of the past seven days.
Thanks to ESPN Home Run Tracker, we have an overview of all of the home runs hit over the past week, and there were some impressive shots, to say the least.
Was this the week that Mark Trumbo and Anthony Rizzo, who both hit 475-foot bombs back in April, were finally unseated from atop the list of longest home runs of 2013?
All home run video clips are courtesy of MLB.com.
5. Ryan Doumit (443 Feet)
Date: June 4
Vs: Luis Mendoza, Kansas City Royals
Season HR: 7
Average 2013 HR Distance: 405.6 Feet
Signed to a one-year, $3 million deal prior to last season to help ease the losses of Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel, Ryan Doumit of the Minnesota Twins enjoyed the best season of his career in 2012, hitting .275 with 18 home runs and 75 RBI.
He's hitting just .240 so far this season but is heating up of late, as he's currently riding a six-game hitting streak in which he's 10-for-27 with three home runs.
This bomb off of Luis Mendoza in the top of the third put the Twins up 1-0 on their way to a 3-0 victory over the Royals.
4. Albert Pujols (444 Feet)
Date: June 4
Vs: Carlos Villanueva, Chicago Cubs
Season HR: 9
Average 2013 HR Distance: 414.3 Feet
One of the biggest reasons for the Angels' slow start has been the underperformance of what was a vaunted offense entering the season.
Albert Pujols is among the biggest culprits, as he's hitting just .240/.311/.412 on the season. However, he can still absolutely crush a mistake, as he did here against Cubs right-hander Carlos Villanueva.
The blast in the bottom of the first knotted things up at 1-1, as the Angels went on to beat Chicago 4-3 to snap a four-game losing streak.
3. Edwin Encarnacion (446 Feet)
Date: June 4
Vs: Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants
Season HR: 17
Average 2013 HR Distance: 401.4 Feet
Once a highly regarded prospect with the Reds, Edwin Encarnacion finally had it all come together last season, when he hit 42 home runs with a .941 OPS as a 29-year-old.
He's flashed that power again this season, as his 17 home runs are tied for second in the American League with Miguel Cabrera.
This 446-foot blast was his longest of the season so far, and the 11th that has traveled over 400 feet, as he rarely just sneaks them over the wall.
2. Mark Trumbo (457 Feet)
Date: June 2
Vs: Jordan Lyles, Houston Astros
Season HR: 13
Average 2013 HR Distance: 417.8 Feet
There is no question the 6'4", 235-pound Mark Trumbo has some of the best raw power in all of baseball, and his 417.8-foot average distance on 13 home runs this season is good for sixth best in baseball.
This blast, while not as far as his 475-foot shot back April—which is tied for the longest of the season—was impressive nonetheless.
It was his second home run of the game and came in the bottom of the 10th inning, though it was not enough to give the Angels a victory, as the Cubs scored three runs in the top of the inning.
1. Carlos Gonzalez (458 Feet)
Date: June 5
Vs: Pedro Villarreal, Cincinnati Reds
Season HR: 16
Average 2013 HR Distance: 406.5 Feet
Last season, Carlos Gonzalez hit 22 home runs in 518 at-bats. This season, he's already launched 17 in his first 237 at-bats, and he may approach his 2010 breakout numbers when all is said and done this year.
The Rockies offense has been very impressive so far in 2013, and the dynamic duo of Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki may be the best in all of baseball.
This game certainly demonstrated that, as Gonzalez had three home runs and Tulowitzki hit two himself. The Rockies crushed the Reds, 12-4.