The longest home run hit at Rogers Centre last night came off the bat of Mike Carp.
It sounds impossible, given what I’m sure we’ve now all seen with our own eyes, as, in the fifth inning, Edwin Encarnacion joined the 500 club, smashing a ball into the fifth deck, becoming the first Blue Jays player to do so since Vernon Wells nearly nine years ago, in September of 2004. But apparently it’s true.
Encarnacion’s blast travelled a “mere” 427 feet, as we can see in the image above from Greg Rybarczyk, aka @hittracker. Carp’s blast, according to Rybarczyk’s site, ESPN Home Run Tracker, travelled 444 feet.
It’s hard to fathom, because… well… look!
That is one seriously long, hard ding-dong, but it’s so close to the line that I think I understand why it may not quite be as big a blast as it felt like. Two graphs, also from ESPN Home Run Tracker, with the range rings on, demonstrate further.
First, Encarnacion’s blast. As you can tell from the graph at the top, the blue dot is where the ball landed, the green is the point where it would have carried to, based on trajectory, had it not been impeded by the stands:
Now here’s Carp’s:
So… I don’t know. It doesn’t change the fact that Edwin’s bomb still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, while Carp’s felt like a relatively ho-hum blast (which you can see here, via MLB.com), but that’s what really happened. It’s science!
For reference, and because it’s awesome (and also because… speaking of Carps), here’s the fucking fifth deck moonshot Manny Ramirez hit off Chris “Big Carp” Carpenter back in his Jays days, in 2001.