The home run may be the most majestic moment that baseball, and perhaps all sports, have to offer. There are different elements that make it so special.
Of course, in the moment, it's a jaw-dropping feat that gets the crowd into a frenzy. But there's a certain mystical, historical value behind the home run as well. Everyone knows the home run leader of a given year. Everyone knows that Babe Ruth was the first to break 60 in a season. Everyone remembers that Roger Maris hit 61, and everyone has learned about Hank Aaron's long-standing record, the Sosa-McGwire race, Bonds' single-season and all-time records, and more. The same can kind of be said for NFL rushing touchdowns, or NBA three-pointers, or NHL assists, but it's just not the same. The factors of nostalgia and baseball lore combine to place the home run a tier above other athletic feats.
There's also the distance factor, and nostalgia and lore play a part in building this component of the home run, as well. Though a home run is a home run whether it goes 350 feet or 450 feet, there's something to be said for the seemingly impossible tape-measure shots. There are myths and legends about titanic home runs, such as Mickey Mantle's 600-plus foot shot at USC or Josh Gibson's blast that cleared Yankee Stadium or Babe Ruth's swat in Tampa Bay that brought waves of research and investigation in order to uncover the truth.
But those home runs are stories, lost to years and years of speculation and a lack of proper technology to truly confirm or deny the tales.
Now, however, we have Statcast. It shouldn't be viewed as a flawless, 100% accurate way to measure distance. This Juan Soto shot seemed to "break" Statcast, much to the disappointment of many Nats fans who thought they had witnessed a 500-foot shot.
Statcast only measured it at 410 feet, which just doesn’t seem right given the argument presented by Andrew Joseph of USA Today, who uses the dimensions of Citi Field to show that it likely traveled much farther.
Still, there's nothing like watching the biggest stars in the game launching absolutely monstrous long balls, many of which seem to register correctly on the Statcast database. Here are several top MLB sluggers and the longest home run that they've hit during the Statcast Era (post-2015), ordered by distance and according to the Statcast site.
Some fearsome sluggers, such as Cody Bellinger, surprisingly don't hit home runs with the distance that you'd expect. His longest home run of 2019, a walk-off blast that "only" went 442 feet, doesn't show up on the Statcast leaderboards. For that reason, he won't appear on the list below, along with several other great hitters.
Christian Yelich, 462 feet, 114.2 exit velocity
Miguel Cabrera, 462 feet, 110.7 exit velocity
Ronald Acuna Jr., 463 feet, 115.9 exit velocity
Nolan Arenado, 464 feet, 108.5 exit velocity
J.D. Martinez, 467 feet, 113.2 exit velocity
Pete Alonso, 467 feet, 110.2 exit velocity
Kris Bryant, 469 feet, 108.0 exit velocity
Bryant was also credited, at the time, with a 495-foot home run in 2015. However, this home run does not appear on the Statcast database leaderboards.
Nelson Cruz, 469 feet, 112.4 exit velocity
Manny Machado, 470 feet, 113.9 exit velocity
Trevor Story, 471 feet, 107.1 exit velocity
Paul Goldschmidt, 471 feet, 110.7 exit velocity
George Springer, 473 feet, 112.1 exit velocity
Bryce Harper, 473 feet, 112.1 exit velocity
Josh Bell, 474 feet, 13.3 exit velocity
Mike Trout, 477 feet, 113.7 exit velocity
Unfortunately, no footage of this 2015 shot is readily available. We have a fine substitute, though, as Trout hit an absolute bomb for career home run No. 250 that landed only a few feet shorter.