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Sánchez beats the longest home run of ’22 with a 496-foot shot

Don Mattingly, manager of the Marlins, is familiar with blasting home runs into the upper deck. As one of the game’s top sluggers in the 1980s, he knocked several balls into the upper levels of Yankee Stadium. And one of his teammates blasted the longest left-handed home run in the history of Coors Field.

In the second inning, Jesus Sánchez crushed a slider from Rockies starter Ryan Feltner halfway over the third and upper deck in right center. The ball went 496 feet, making it the longest home run ever hit by a left-handed batter at Coors Field and the second longest home run ever hit by any batter, following only Giancarlo Stanton’s 504-foot blast in 2016. Sánchez’s home run is the longest in the Major Leagues this season, surpassing Mike Trout’s 472 foot shot hit on April 14 in Arlington.

Mattingly later confirmed that this was no ordinary upper-deck home run. Mattingly stated, “You will hit more balls to the upper deck.” “But there aren’t many others like it. I would like to see a photograph of the spot where the ball landed. It probably appears to be two blocks away.”

 

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Written by Joe Tussing

Joe Tussing is a former professoional MMA fighter and current trainer with more than 20 years experience in combat sports. Tussing is a writer, reporter and MMA personality living in Las Vegas.

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