Angels star Mike Trout has been scorching hot with the bat of late, but he reached new heights — like, the Kuiper Belt — with his latest effort.
In the first inning at Kansas City, Trout launched a home run that went 489 feet, according to ESPN Stats and Info. That makes it a very long home run, indeed.
Mike Trout’s home run (489 feet) is the longest hit in MLB since Giancarlo Stanton hit one 494 feet on August 17, 2012.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 28, 2014
Mike Trout’s 489-foot HR is the longest by an AL player since ESPN began tracking home runs (2006). — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 28, 2014
Well, alrighty then. “That’s Bo Jackson territory!” exclaimed analyst Mark Gubicza on the telecast. Except according to the Royals, the longest home run hit by Jackson at their park went a mere 475 feet. In fairness, that had been the longest homer ever hit at Kauffman Stadium (again, according to the Royals). Oh, and that was Jackson’s first home run. Ever. Let’s take a look:
Not to let Bo know getting surpassed in the record book, the Royals themselves actually estimated Trout’s shot at 445 feet. I dunno, ESPN seems like a slightly more impartial judge in this case. Either way, the Trout clout went out, and out, and out …