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New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) throws his bat after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) throws his bat after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Hit the ball hard. Hit the ball far.

These are the main goals of baseball. It doesn’t matter how fast you are, how good you are at defense, or if you can throw the ball. If you can’t hit the ball harder and farther than everyone else, you can’t be a legendary baseball player.

But this undeniable truth begs a question: Who hit the ball the hardest and the farthest? Which player distanced himself from all the baseball nonsense and achieved the true goals of the game? Here are the ten longest home runs in MLB history.

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The ten longest home runs in MLB history

  • 1) Babe Ruth, 575 feet (1921)

  • 2) Mickey Mantle, 565 feet (1953)

  • 3) Reggie Jackson, 539 feet (1971)

  • T-4) Adam Dunn, 535 feet (2004)

  • T-4) Willie Stargell, 535 feet (1978)

  • 6) Dave Kingman, 530 feet (1976)

  • 7) Darryl Strawberry, 525 feet (1988)

  • 8) Jim Thome, 511 feet (1999)

  • T-9) Nomar Mazara, 505 feet (2019)

  • T-9) Mo Vaughn, 505 feet (2002)

Given that we have players like Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge today, it may be shocking that only one player from the Statcast era (since 2015) appears on this list, and that’s someone who never hit more than 20 home runs in a single season.

Texas Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara hit a ball 500 feet (153 meters) at Globe Life Field on June 21, 2019.

The ball flew into the upper half of the stadium’s upper tier and gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead over the Chicago White Sox. The Rangers ultimately lost 5-4.

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Another unusual player on this list is Glenallen Hill, who made this mammoth throw in 2000 as a member of the Chicago Cubs.

Unfortunately for Hill, the ball’s landing point could not be accurately measured. The ball’s flight was stopped by the building it landed on, and since this happened before Statcast, an exact distance could not be determined. However, many people speculated that the ball would have traveled over 500 feet.

Jo Adell’s 156-meter home run in the minor leagues

There was a time when Los Angeles Angels outfielder Jo Adell was one of the most promising young players in Major League Baseball. Why? Because he could do things like that.

That’s a 514-footer, which is certainly long enough to put him on the list of the 10 longest home runs of all time. However, since this didn’t happen in the major leagues, it doesn’t count. Adell’s longest major league home run is 451 feet long, hit on June 8, 2023 against the Chicago Cubs.

The ten longest home runs of the Statcast era (since 2015)

  • 1) Nomar Mazara, 505 feet (2019)

  • T-2) CJ Cron, 504 feet (2022)

  • T-2) Giancarlo Stanton, 504 feet (2016)

  • 4) Christian Yelich, 499 feet (2022)

  • T-5) Jesus Sanchez, 496 feet (2022)

  • T-5) Miguel Sano, 496 feet (2019)

  • T-5) Aaron Judge, 496 feet (2017)

  • T-8) Aaron Judge, 495 feet (2017)

  • T-8) Ryan McMahon, 495 feet (2022)

  • T-8) Joey Gallo, 495 feet (2018)

  • T-8) Miguel Sano, 495 feet (2021)

  • T-8) Ronald Acuna Jr., 495 feet (2020)

Since the start of the Statcast era, there have only been three home runs over 500 feet, and only one has come since 2020. Perhaps most surprising is that famous baseball smasher Giancarlo Stanton only appears on this list once. Most people would assume he’s been hitting home runs over 500 feet since he was named Mike, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Teammate Aaron Judge features more frequently on this list, and even former teammate Joey Gallo has been on it.

The ten longest home runs of 2024

T-1) Aaron Judge, May 9, 473 feet

T-1) Mike Trout, April 1, 473 feet

3) Aaron Judge, May 15, 467 feet

T-4) Aaron Judge, June 1, 464 feet

T-4) Shohei Ohtani, May 5, 464 feet

6) O’Neil Cruz, June 6, 462 feet

T-7) Yordan Alvarez*, April 27, 461 feet

T-7) Yordan Alvarez*, April 27, 461 feet

T-7) Ronald Acuna Jr., May 10, 461 feet

T-7) Ketel Marte, April 6, 461 feet

No, there is no mistake. Yordan Alvarez hit two home runs of exactly 461 feet on the same day this year. The reason for the asterisks is that both home runs were hit during the Mexico Series, which is played at an elevation of 7,350 feet, which is even more hitter-friendly than Coors Field (5,200 feet elevation).

Still, home runs are not asterisked at Coors, so these home runs deserve a place in the top ten as much as any other on this list.

Not surprisingly, Aaron Judge takes three of the top four spots.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: The 10 longest home runs in MLB history

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