Originally written August 18, 2012 on Baseball Prospectus:
On Friday night, with the Marlins losing 5-4 to the Rockies in the top of the sixth and Josh Roenicke on the mound, Giancarlo Stanton hit an important home run. It wasn't important because it tied the game, although the Marlins would go on to win by one run. This was a matchup between two last-place teams, so the outcome was about as inconsequential as the outcomes of baseball games come. It was important because it looked like this: Your browser does not support iframes. We know Giancarlo Stanton hits long home runs. The average home run Stanton has hit this year has left the bat about four miles per hour faster, and traveled nearly 12 feet further, than the average NL home run. But this home run was something else. This home run beat out both Stanton's other home runs and everyone else's. According to ESPN Home Run Tracker (formerly known as Hit Tracker), Stanton's homer, had its flight not been interrupted by the stands, would have traveled 494 feet by the time...
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