Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton never ceases to amaze when he squares up a baseball.
In the first inning of the Marlins’ 4-3 loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday, Stanton set the Marlins off on an early 2-0 lead when Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez threw him a 2-2 slider that missed over the plate.
Needless to say, Martinez paid the price for missing his target.
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Stanton unloaded on the ball, sending it an estimated 479 feet into left-center field, according to MLB’s Statcast.
The homer stands as the 25-year-old right fielder’s longest shot of the season, exceeding his Dodger Stadium-exiting blast of 475 feet.
Everyone who witnessed the home run in Marlins Park on Tuesday was awe-struck.
"That was an absolute missile. One of the farthest balls I’ve seen hit in my life," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.
There are only two home runs that Statcast has measured longer this season, Nelson Cruz’s 483-foot bomb and Josh Donaldson’s 481-foot blast in April.
However, no home run has been hit harder this season, as Stanton’s left his bat at a whooping exit velocity of 119 mph.
"I don’t even know why I’m surprised anymore, the things this guy does," Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. "Every game there’s a chance for something spectacular to happen, and he continues to do it. It’s great to see. Glad we’re wearing the same hat."