Are 565 Foot Home Runs Extinct?

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April 29, 2013 3:15 PM by Wade Blogs

MIcky Mantle Home RunMickey Mantle, from the stories my father and grandfather had told, was pure American Muscle.  The guy would have owned all hitting records if it wasn’t for his propensity to drink and womanize late into the night.  I’d say 50% of his injuries were do to him being hungover and the other 50% because of his hard playing.  You don’t get sore from standing around doing nothing.

But Mickey Mantle hit a ball 565 feet.  Just think about that for a second.  That is 6 NBA court lengths and nearly 1.5 football field lengths (with endzones). It is just unthinkable in today’s standards.

The longest home run at Wrigley Field since 2007 was Aramis Ramirez 495 Feet  and it was a BOMB. The thing is I could not imagine it going another 70+ feet.  I was at the game and it sounded so crisp, clean off the bat.  While I do think size and brawn matter in hitting a ball 500+ feet, I think a lot of it is PERFECT timing.  Hard throwing pitcher, throwing a pitch you are anticipating, your hips shoulders and head all aligned, while it hitting the sweet part of the bat.  That is how you hit a ball 500+ feet.

Will we ever see a Ball hit that far? Who knows, but if someone does do it, I want to be there.

Longest HR hit in …
Since 2007
Park Player Feet
Wrigley Field Aramis Ramirez 495
Fenway Park Vladimir Guerrero 484
Yankee Stadium Raul Ibanez 477<<
Nationals Park Mike Morse 465
PNC Park Carlos Guillen 462
>> Since new park opened (2009)

Source: ESPN

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2 thoughts on “Are 565 Foot Home Runs Extinct?

  1. Reblogged this on Fielders Choice and commented:
    Thats whats great about baseball, all the generations sitting together sharing stories

  2. MaccaroniiNchazz says:

    Did’nt Bryce Harper Hit one 500 as a teenager? Could be wrong

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