Ranking the 10 Biggest MLB Home Runs in 2014
Everyone loves yard work. That is, when it's referring to monster home runs.
The following rundown provides a ranking of the 10 biggest shots of the current MLB season.
The types of home runs that make the cut fall into three general categories. The list begins with walk-offs. As for these game-winners, priority is given to home runs hit by teams in the midst of the playoff race. Plus, an extra emphasis is put on drives that come from unlikely power sources. Next up are the pure moonshots. Finally, the top 10 concludes with a home run of historical proportions.
There are so many monster shots to choose from that we need to take a look at a few of the honorable mentions before moving onto the top 10.
The first home run was provided by Evan Gattis of the Atlanta Braves. No bat flips here. This one is Brian McCann approved. Gattis lined this walk-off over the left field wall back on April 21.
Don't elevate the fastball.
Thanks to this solo homer from Matt Wieters, the Baltimore Orioles walked off against the Pittsburgh Pirates back on May 1. The O's actually beat the Pirates twice that day, as the club swept a doubleheader.
With such an expensively assembled outfield, it's only fitting that the longest home run of the Los Angeles Dodgers' entire season would belong to the unheralded Scott Van Slyke. This solo bomb from May 16 checked in at 454 feet, per the ESPN Home Run Tracker.
You simply can't have a biggest home run list without a contribution from Jose Bautista. So here are two blasts off the bat of the Toronto Blue Jays slugger.
10. The Oakland Athletics Hit for the Home Run Cycle
OK, so No. 10 on the list is actually four different home runs. But this is just too cool to pass up.
On May 16 against the Cleveland Indians, the Oakland Athletics combined to hit for the home run cycle in an 11-1 beatdown of the Tribe.
Right fielder Josh Reddick provided the grand slam and the two-run homer, third baseman Josh Donaldson tagged the three-run blast and shortstop Jed Lowrie supplied the solo shot.
9. Chris Parmelee Hits a Walk-Off Home Run Against the Boston Red Sox
Sitting at 23-22, the Minnesota Twins have been a big-time surprise in 2014. The fact that Chris Parmelee is even in the big leagues is also something of a surprise considering that the left-handed hitter got axed from the club's 40-man roster in spring training.
Now back with the squad, Parmelee connected on a walk-off bomb against the reigning World Series champions May 14 in just his fifth game of the season.
8. Brandon Hicks Wins It for the San Francisco Giants
If you predicted that Brandon Hicks would have seven home runs in his first 40 games in 2014, then you should probably be the general manager of an MLB team.
For the journeyman second baseman, none of those homers was bigger than the three-run walk-off he clubbed April 27. As play-by-play broadcaster Duane Kuiper put it, "And we are going home."
7. Miguel Cabrera Turns a Hanger into a Game-Winner
Hanging a breaking ball to the best hitter in the game never works out well.
Tommy Hunter of the Baltimore Orioles learned that lesson firsthand April 13 when Miguel Cabrera connected on a three-run shot in the ninth inning. The home run by Cabrera wasn't a walk-off, but it did prove to be the deciding drive.
6. Carlos Gomez Destroys an Offering from Charlie Morton
This home run off the bat of Carlos Gomez was absolutely belted. The smash, which came at the expense of Charlie Morton of the Pittsburgh Pirates April 18, traveled 457 feet, per ESPN Home Run Tracker.
5. Juan Francisco with the Moonshot to Center Field
The Toronto Blue Jays have hit an MLB-leading 68 home runs, and none has traveled farther than this one by Juan Francisco.
According to ESPN Home Run Tracker, Francisco's homer went 467 feet, which makes it the sixth-deepest home run of the season. On the year, the left-handed hitter has gone yard eight times, which leaves him tied for fourth on the club.
4. Jose Abreu with the Opposite Field Blast
Opposite-field home runs simply don't happen at night at the O.Co Coliseum, the home of the Oakland Athletics. Apparently, someone forgot to tell Jose Abreu about that.
The Chicago White Sox's rookie phenom, who is currently on the shelf, has already totaled 15 home runs in 2014. Realistically, any one of those big flies could have made this list.
3. David Ortiz Redirects a Fastball from Masahiro Tanaka
This was a pitch that Masahiro Tanaka would definitely like back.
David Ortiz deposited the Japanese right-hander's fastball deep into the seats at Fenway Park on April 22. With a true distance of 482 feet, Ortiz's home run stands as the second-longest drive of the season, per the ESPN Home Run Tracker.
2. Giancarlo Stanton Dismantles Yet Another Baseball
Nobody has hit a baseball farther than Giancarlo Stanton in 2014.
The drive above had a true distance of 484 feet, per the ESPN Home Run Tracker. The two-run homer is also believed to be the longest home run ever at Marlins Park, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Of course, this home run from April 4 is just one of many that could have been included on this list.
1. Albert Pujols Joins the 500-Home Run Club
On April 22, Albert Pujols became just the 26th player in MLB history to total 500 home runs. The 34-year-old slugger was also the third-youngest star to enter the prestigious club, as Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com notes. The home run itself was also highly impressive. Pujols' 500th shot went 430 feet, according to Gonzalez.
Note: All stats and videos courtesy of MLB.com.
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