The Yanks’ ten longest homers since 2005

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For the second time this week, I’m totally going to steal a post idea from another site, this time Lookout Landing. I can’t help it. Those guys over there do some great stuff, plus the dog days of winter can make it tough to find decent content. What we’re going to do today is look at some long balls. The ten longest hit by a Yankee during the last five years in fact, the entire Hit Tracker era. Actually, we’re going to look at 13 homers, because a few tied and I figured I’d include all of ’em.

The Yankees have been lucky enough to have some tremendous power hitters on their roster over the last, oh I dunno, 90 years or so. The last half-decade has certainly been no exception, and we’ve seen some truly majestic blasts come off the bats of the good guys in that time. We’ve seen balls go into the upper deck at the Old Stadium, off the hotel in Toronto, into the rocks in Anaheim, pretty much everywhere you think a baseball couldn’t be hit.

Using Hit Tracker’s true homerun distance, here are the longest homers hit by the Yankee in the last five years. I linked to video when it was available, which sadly isn’t nearly enough.

10. Alex Rodriguez, Aug. 15th, 2005, 435 feet
With the game scoreless in the top of the 4th inning, A-Rod stepped to the plate against Tampa Bay’s Casey Fossum with Gary Sheffield on first and two outs. After taking strike one and fouling off the second pitch for a quick 0-2 count, Fossum tried to bury two of his signature curveballs in the dirt for the strikeout, but Alex took both pitches to work the count back even. Fossum’s fifth pitch of the at-bat wasn’t so lucky, as A-Rod turned it around and sent it over the left field fence for a two-run lead. It was the 36th homer of A-Rod’s first MVP season in the Bronx.

9. A-Rod, Sept. 15th, 2005, 448 feet
Exactly one month after clubbing the tenth longest homer of the last half-decade, A-Rod outdid himself by teaching Seth McClung of the Devil Rays a lesson. Rookie Robbie Cano hit a grand slam off McClung just three batters earlier to the tie the game at five in the 7th inning, and Alex gave the team the lead by driving in Derek Jeter and himself with a long fly ball to center. It was his 42nd homer of the season.

8. Robinson Cano, July 29th, 2009, 451 feet (video)
The Yanks were just about ready to enter into cruise control by this point of the season, and with two outs and a two-run lead in the 6th inning, Cano showed Matt Garza his oh face. After fouling off a tough 1-2 splitter, Garza left the next split up in the zone and Cano destroyed it, sending it over the right-centerfield wall for a 3-0 lead and his 15th homer of the season, eclipsing his 2008 total with 61 more games to go.

7. A-Rod, July 21st, 2006, 460 feet
Another A-Bomb from A-Rod, except this time he took current teammate A.J. Burnett deep for a milestone blast. The Yanks were down 4-0 in the 4th, when Alex drove Burnett’s 1-1 fastball deep to left, driving in three to get his team back in the game. It was A-Rod’s 450th career homer and 2,000th career hit. Two stones, one bird. That’s how Alex rolls.

6a. Hideki Matsui, April 24th, 2007, 465 feet
Back when he had knees, Matsui was known to do some damage with the stick. Of course, he still does damage, but back then Godzilla was just a bit less fragile. Leading off the second inning of a scoreless game in Tampa, Matsui took Scott Kazmir’s first two pitches off the plate for a hitter friendly 2-0 count, then sent the third pitch of the at-bat down the right field line and into the people for a quick 1-0 lead. It was Matsui’s first of 25 dingers on the season.

6b. Hideki Matsui, May 28th, 2007, 465 feet
About a month later, Matsui matched his gargantuan blast in garbage time of a game the Yankees would lose 7-2. With Jeter on first, Matsui took Dustin McGowan’s final pitch of the night and sent it straight over Vernon Wells head towards the hotel in center field in Toronto. It was the only runs the Yanks would score on the day, but an impressive blast nonetheless.

5a. Jason Giambi, April 16th, 2006, 466 feet
The Giambino hit some major bombs during his time with the Yanks, just like this one off of Brad Radke at home. Scuffing along at 11-19, the Yanks were on the verge of being swept by the Twins, but Giambi took matters into his own hands and gave the team a 2-0 lead in the second inning with a mammoth shot to dead center. He took Radke deep again a few innings later to further increase the team’s lead, and both blasts were part of his memorable nine homer April.

5b. Wilson Betemit, June 29th, 2008, 466 feet (video)
This one’s over a year old and I actually remember it. The Yanks were down 3-0 to the Mets in Shea, when Betemit hammered an Oliver Perez meatball over the left field bleachers in the 7th inning to get the Yanks on the board. He didn’t hit much, but when he got a pitch he liked, Betemit sure could hit the ball a long way. He’s hit just two big league homers since this blast.

4. A-Rod, Aug. 9th, 2008, 467 feet (video)
It was the 6th inning of scoreless game in Anaheim on a nationally televised Saturday FOX broadcast (a recipe for disaster) when A-Rod took John Lackey way deep to give the Bombers the lead. Lackey tried to bust him inside, but he left the heater up and out over the plate, which Alex promptly turned around and hit into the rock pile beyond the left-centerfield wall. It was glorious.

3a. A-Rod, June 30th, 2008, 469 feet
Already down 2-0 to his former team at home, A-Rod jumped all over Scott Feldman’s first pitch in his second at-bat of the game. The ball landed in the garbage area next to the visitor’s bullpen at the Old Stadium, though it wasn’t enough as the Yanks dropped the game by a 2-1 score. It was A-Rod’s 16th jack of the season, though it was the second in a seven homer binge that spanned three weeks.

3b. Juan Miranda, Oct. 2nd, 2009, 469 feet (video)
This one was crushed. The Yanks were just running out the clock on the season, down 11 runs to the Rays on the road with all the regulars on the bench catching some rest before the postseason. Miranda worked the count full against Dale Thayer, who I’m certain he’s faced in Triple-A several times during the last few years. Miranda put that familiarity to work, sending the ball to the last row of the right field bleachers for his first (and only) big league homer.

2. Jorge Posada, Sept. 19th, 2006, 472 feet
Fuggedaboutit. The Yankees were in Toronto with about two weeks left in the season, and at this point they were nursing a double digit lead in the division. Posada took three balls and a strike against Shaun Marcum to lead off the second inning, then sent the fifth pitch of the at-bat over the right field wall for his 20th big fly of the season. The Yanks would go on the win a meaningless game, but Georgie’s homer will go down as the second furthest by a Yankee of the last five years.

1. A-Rod, June 15th, 2006, 488 feet
You were expecting someone else? The Yanks were trailing the Indians 6-1 in the 7th when Alex came to the plate to lead off the inning against future Cy Young winner Cliff Lee. After taking the first two pitches for a favorable 2-0 count, Lee went to the get-me-over fastball and A-Rod sent-it-over the left-centerfield fence for a solo shot. It was just his 14th homer of the year and a rather meaningless one at that, however no Yankee in the last five years has hit one further. It’s a shame we don’t have video of this one.

Photo Credit: Charlie Neibergall, AP

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  • AndrewYF

    I remember A-Rod’s homerun. It went over the 3rd green fence thing in left-center, where they keep the ambulance. I thought it had to be over 500 feet. My dad said it was easily the longest homerun he had ever seen.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    “…and with two outs and a two-run lead in the 6th inning, Cano showed Matt Garza his oh face.”

    OH, OH OH, you know what I’m talkin’ about, OH, OH.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    I love the fact that ARod has 6 homers on this list, and only one of the six could remotely be considered “stat-padding”. The rest were all Clutchy McClutcherson game-altering statements of purpose and resolve.

    Nails Krzyzewski is the balls.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Just two of the six came off lefties too. Same side power FTW

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Don’t forget the shortest. Well played Denard Span.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhER4pk5KX8

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      LOOK AT THAT AMAZING POWERful speed FROM BRETT “LIL’ BUNYAN” GARDNER!!!!

    • manny

      Which happened to be the fastest home run on the list. about 13 seconds to round the bases. unbelievable! (took me longer than that to write this post)

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        (took me longer than that to write this post)

        That’s just Manny being Manny.

        • manny

          I was being dramatic. That being said, you’re right.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            That being said, you’re right.

            “This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous. And having said that, all options are on the table.”
            -President George W. Bush

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    A-Rod’s power is crazy. I thought Giambi would be on this list a few times but was wrong.

  • Zack

    Audio for Cano’s HR: “A high fly ball deep to right, there’s a mistake…”

    ha

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Miranda’s home run is why it’s hard for me to quit on him. LEARN TO PLAY THE OUTFIELD JUAN!!!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      It was quite beautiful.

      I eagerly anticipate this list 5 years from now, however, when it reads as follows:

      10. Miranda
      9. Montero
      8. Montero
      7. Montero
      6. Montero
      5. Montero
      4. Montero
      3. Montero
      2. Montero
      1. Melvin Croussett

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Melvin’s will be on a sacrifice attempt.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          It will puncture a hole in the roof of Tropicana Field, forcing the Rays to move into their new stadium a half-year early.

          • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

            It will force the Rays to play at Legends Field the rest of year. BJ Upton, being around Yankee lore for so long, will, along with Justin Upton, join the Yankees, helping them win 6 straight World Series.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

              BJ Upton, being around Yankee lore for so long, will, along with Justin Upton, join the Yankees, helping them win 6 straight World Series continue their run of an eventual 15 straight World Series.

              Fixed.

              • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

                Gracias.

  • brwester’s millions

    Im surprised that bomb that A-Rod hit at the old stadium that went into the top deck in left field didnt make the list…I remember Jeter just looking at him as he came into the dugout…that was a bomb.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Awesome name (albeit misspelled).

  • Monkeypants

    Is this list accurate? I did a quick scan of a few players: Nick Green (!!) hit a 441′ bomb on 7/02/06, and Jeter had three HRs that were longer than #10 on the list: 438′ (9/15/07), 438′ (9/18/06), and 437′ (5./13/06).

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Bah, I missed a few at the end. #10 may be incorrect. Oh well, not going back to fix it.

  • Monkeypants

    In fact, according to Hittracker, using the true distance, in 2006 alone the Yankees 22 HRs of 435′ or more (that is, as long or longer than #10 on this list).

    Hmmm…

    • Monkeypants

      “the Yankees hit 22 HRs…”

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      That’s what I get for writing this at 1:30 in the morning.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

        It’s all about the discussion, Mike. That’s what a good post is supposed to do.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        You have shamed us all.

  • Monkeypants

    2007: thirteen HR’s of 435’+, including Josh Phelps (!!) 448′ and Bobby Abreu’s 456′.

    OK, I’ll stop now.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      The Yanks’ ten longest Some of my favorite really long Yankee homers since 2005
      By Mike Axisa

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    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      I’m pretty sure that Abreu one was a moonshot at the Metrodome, off Sidney Ponson.

  • pat

    In #4 it looks like the catcher set up outside and the ball leaked back over the middle.

  • pat

    Here’s a video of Arods walkoff Salami against the Orioles back in 07.It landed in the black seats of the Old stadium. If I remember correctly he also hit one waaaaaay into the black as a Mariner.

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?mid=200704071884961&vid=7758&gid=2007/04/07/balmlb-nyamlb-1&v=2&id=548101&w=2007/open/tp/archive04/040707_balnya_rodriguez_reel_tp_350.wmv

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      Unclutch bastard.

  • Opus

    “4. A-Rod, Aug. 9th, 2008, 467 feet (video)
    It was the 6th inning of scoreless game in Anaheim on a nationally televised Saturday FOX broadcast (a recipe for disaster)”

    I know I wasn’t the only one that thought this about the Yankees on Fox. Was there ever a post detailing their futility in such games?

  • Rose

    2. Jorge Posada, Sept. 19th, 2006, 472 feet

    Would have never guessed Jorge at #2…

    This one probably felt so sweet and was much needed for a guy who pees on his hands doesn’t wear batting gloves.

  • pat

    My favorite homerun of the year,(non Arod division).

    http://web.yesnetwork.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=6900383

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Don’t forget the homer that changed the season…..FOREVER!!!

        http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=5219007

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
          • pete

            sweet list. some other faves:

            1. July 11th (I think) 2004: A-rod hit’s a LINE DRIVE into the third deck in left against Dewan Brazelton of the (then) Devil Rays. Quite possibly the hardest hit ball I have ever seen in my life.

            2. September 25, 2007: A-Rod’s 53rd shot of the season, hit off the top catwalk in tampa in left field. grand slam. absolute moonshot.

            3. September 4th, 2007: Instigating a ridiculous stretch wherein A-Rod hit seven (7!!!!!) home runs in five (5!!!!!) days, A-Rod takes Horacio Ramirez on a little journey to the 8th row of the third deck in left at the Old Stadium.

            4. August 17, 2006: yankees get slaughtered by the orioles, but cano hits what may still be the most impressive HR of his career, well into the third deck in right. I remember literally seeing the bat bend and the ball compress on the video.

            I think all of the HRs that got stopped in the upper decks or by catwalks don’t get any cred here b/c they didn’t actually travel as far as they could have, but certainly deserve HMs, since they were in some instances more impressive (though a-rod’s shot off Lee was pretty damn spectacular) than the full-distance ones. Also didn’t Matsui hit one off the back scoreboard in left field at the Trop once? that ought to be on this list, no?

            • pete

              reply fail

        • pat

          Gotta love the hustle. He was almost to second by the time the ball was out of the park.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    Wilson Betemit’s homer shouldn’t really be on the list. It was against Oliver Perez and the Mets.

    You’ve gotta subtract some credit for reduced degree of difficulty. That’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

    • Thomas

      Come on when was the last time Perez threw a strike. It was a rare feat.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        I don’t think that was a strike. It was practically eyeballs high.

        • Thomas

          True, but it is still rare that Ollie got one that close to the plate.

    • Steve H

      Leaving the Mets part out, you do realize Oliver Perez is Sandy Koufax v2.0, right?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

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      • pat

        When he faces the Yankees he certainly is.
        29.2 ip
        1.52 era
        23k
        7bb
        16h
        5er.

        Damn.

    • Jeremy

      Hit Tracker’s only has 5% of the HRs from 2005 cataloged and that’s unfortunate because one of the hardest hit balls I have ever seen isn’t in it’s data.

      Om July 14, 2005 Arod hit an absolute laser off Schilling who had come on in relief. Anyone else remember this?

      http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=250714102&teams=new-york-yankees-vs-boston-red-sox

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BOS/BOS200507140.shtml

  • kat

    My favorite A-Rod homer though, has to be the one at citifield that tied Reggie Jackson. Only because before the game they showed David Wright saying he didn’t think any right-hander could ever hit an opposite field homerun at Citifield because it was just too big. In your face D. Wright.

    • Steve H

      The same David Wright who hit all of 5 HR’s on the road last year.

  • anon

    I love Cano’s Manny trot.

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  • Paul Canales

    I soundly remember Miranda’s moonshot. That was easily the furthest home run I’ve seen hit at Tropicana Field.

    I remember Betemit’s too.

  • http://incumbentgm.wordpress.com Joltin’ Joe

    You should be able to find the #1 HR on HitTrackerOnline DOT com.