MLB's Longest Home Run Blasts of the Week
It's that time of the week where we give kudos to some of the longest home run blasts around the MLB.
Thanks to ESPN's Home Run Tracker, fans are able to keep track of every long-ball hit in the majors, especially the Goliath shots like you'll see in this column.
Some of the more-known sluggers in baseball can be found on this list, but I think there's one player who may come as a bit of a surprise.
Let's get into it.
Adam Jones off of Matt Moore on 6/9
Adam Jones' 12th homer of the season came in the 4th inning of a 10-7 Baltimore Orioles win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
Jones' solo shot on an 0-1 count off of Matt Moore was the longest home run in the majors this week, as the ball traveled 457 feet to left-center.
The 27-year-old center fielder is already almost halfway to his home run total from last season, as Jones hit 32 long balls last season and has already launched 14 during the 2013 campaign.
Matt Holliday off of Curtis Partch on 6/9
Matt Holliday's 10th home run of the season not only traveled 455 feet, but it was a grand slam that busted the game wide open for the St. Louis Cardinals in what ended up being a seven-run 10th inning for the Cards, who won 11-4 over the Cincinnati Reds.
Holliday's blast off of Curtis Partch—who was making his major league debut—was an absolute no-doubter, landing in the second tier of seats in left field at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Welcome to the bigs, Curtis.
Adam Dunn off of R.A. Dickey on 6/10
We all know Adam Dunn can rake, and after 12 seasons with four different clubs in the big leagues, he's still doing it.
Dunn creamed his 15th and 16th homers off of R.A. Dickey on June 10, with the first of the day being a moonshot that traveled 452 feet out of U.S. Cellular Field.
He looks to be on his way to another 40-homer season—it would be the seventh of his career—as the 33-year-old already has 18 big flies this season.
As usual, the batting average and strikeout totals are a completely different story.
B.J. Upton off of Chad Gaudin on 6/15
Struggling for much of the 2013 campaign, B.J. Upton showed signs of life against the San Francisco Giants on June 15 when he crushed two homers, raising his long-ball total to eight on the season.
Of the two homers, it was Upton's first—a second-inning, 450-foot moonshot—that was one of the longest home runs of the week.
Atlanta is hoping Upton's outing on Saturday gives him the confidence he needs to raise his batting average and contribute to the Braves offense.
How's that for a confidence booster?
Logan Forsythe off of Julio Teheran on 6/10
He's not known for his power, but 26-year-old second baseman Logan Forsythe hit a no-doubter to center field that traveled 436 feet.
It was Forsythe's first homer of the year, and it was a pretty rare feat considering the third-year man only hit six long balls last season.
The home run turned out to be a difference-maker for the San Diego Padres, as Forsythe's homer was instrumental in the Padres' 6-4 comeback win against the Atlanta Braves.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!