Ronald Acuna put on a show in the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby last summer, clubbing 25 bombs in the first round and barely losing to the eventual winner, Pete Alonso, in the semifinals. The longest home run that night, from any participant, went 488 feet.
Tonight, Acuna hit a real-life derby-length home run, beating out the 2019 contest's farthest dinger by a healthy margin.
495 feet. The longest hit in the majors so far this season and the longest ever at the relatively new Truist Park. Let's get another angle, why don't we?
According to Sarah Langs of MLB.com, it was the longest home run of the Statcast era to be hit by a player on the Braves. Acuna had also belted the third-longest home run of 2020 to this point, a 473-foot blast to lead off the game against Gerrit Cole.
While there wasn't a Home Run Derby because of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent changes to the 2020 season, Acuna's fireworks -- such as the one we saw tonight -- help us to fulfill that void. And fortunately, for Braves fans, there's a chance for their star outfielder to keep doing just that in the postseason.