January 30, 2023

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Sánchez hits longest HR of '22 with 496-foot moonshot

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DENVER — Jesús Sánchez entered the Marlins’ series opener against the Rockies at Coors Field on Monday afternoon in need of a big hit. Following a strong April, Sánchez was hitting just .151/.205/.260 over 78 May plate appearances.

What he did in his first plate appearance Monday certainly fit the category of “big hit.” In fact, it was a clout — Sánchez obliterated a slider from Rockies starter Ryan Feltner halfway up the third and upper deck in right field in the second inning. The ball traveled 496 feet, making it the longest home run ever hit at Coors Field by a left-handed hitter, and the second longest by any hitter, trailing only Giancarlo Stanton’s 504-foot shot in 2016. Sánchez’s blast is also the longest home run in the Majors this year, passing Mike Trout’s 472-foot one on April 14 in Arlington.

The homer was Sánchez’s fifth of the season after he launched 14 in 64 games during his 2021 rookie campaign. Needless to say, Monday’s homer was the longest the 24-year-old outfielder has ever hit in a Major League game.

Prior to Monday’s series opener, Marlins manager Don Mattingly was asked whether a ballpark like Coors could help get an offense going. He said that while the venue is a hitter’s paradise, “You still have to hit it.”

Sánchez hit it, alright. And he hit it so well, it’s tied for the third-longest homer that Statcast has ever tracked (Aaron Judge hit a 496-foot shot in 2017, and Miguel Sanó also had one in ’19). The only home runs that were longer were the 504-foot shot by Stanton at Coors Field in 2016, and a 505-foot drive by Nomar Mazara at Globe Life Park in ’19.

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