Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports
Rookie slump? What rookie slump?
The Cubs’ Kris Bryant certainly hasn’t hit the proverbial ‘rookie wall’ this season as he’s batting over .333 since August 1. In fact if there were such an actual thing as a rookie wall, Bryant would have no trouble clearing that with his mammoth home run shots. He had another one on Sunday vs. the Diamondbacks in Wrigley Field.
However, ‘mammoth’ doesn’t do this home run justice as the was, literally, the farthest ball that’s been hit in 2015. Giancarlo Stanton (remember him?) held the title since June with a pair of home runs that were each 484 feet. Bryant’s moonshot vs. Arizona came in at 495 feet off poor Rubby De La Rosa who nearly pulled a neck muscle while watching it fly over his head:
According to ESPN’s home run tracker, Bryant’s previous long was ‘only’ 463 feet. The average distance on his previous 22 home runs was just north of 400 feet. Thanks to the great folks at Mitchell & Ness, we can now see the longest home runs hit in each of the 30 MLB ballparks. While Bryant’s shot was impressive, he still has over 50 feet to go to catch Wrigley Field’s longest home run which was hit by Dave Kingman in 1979. Not only was Kingman’s 550 foot shot the longest at Wrigley, it is the longest home run hit at any active MLB ballpark. Click here for video of it.