CJ Cron’s rise in Major League Baseball is slow but steady. He is 32 years old and has played for five teams and is in the middle sophomore year with the Rockies. He played his first All-Star game this summer. However, the biggest individual match, or should I say the longest of his career, came on Friday night in Denver. Coors Field has long been known as a hitter’s park and Cron wants to put that mark to the ultimate test, hitting a ball over 500 BAH GAWD feet.
Cron sucked his fourth inning first throw at the bottom line of the third court, barely holding up to the fair. It also may have entered orbit with the travel distance. The 504-foot home run landed after a Toyota Tundra perched on top of the bathroom, tearing down a wall set up to be 485 feet from the slab. The dark and foggy night in Denver made the ball difficult to track from most of the time it left Cron’s bat until its final stretch.
The moon shot was part of a weird baseball night between the Rockies and the Diamondbacks. Cron’s homer, the longest in baseball this season and tied for the second-farthest homer of all time since MLB began using the Statcast in 2015, gives Colorado an 8-1 lead. ESPN’s win probability gave the Rockies a 98.6% win rate at the time. At the end of the fifth inning, Arizona had a 73% win rate, scoring nine runs in the frame. The Diamondbacks ran one circuit every sixth and seventh innings before losing 13-10 on the home run.
The longest home run in the Statcast era occurred three years ago by former Texas Ranger Nomar Mazara at a ballpark that is no longer home to an MLB team, Globe Life Park. His upper deck explosion had traveled 505 feet. Giancarlo Stanton also hit a 504-foot home run at Coors Field in 2016. There were a couple of home runs before Statcast that are said to be the longest of all time. A 1919 blast from Babe Ruth was originally thought to have traveled 587 feet, but New York Times later reported as 552 feet. Counting minor leagues, in 1987, Joey Meyer, played for the Denver Zephyrs, reached a 582 foot home run where the camera lost track of the ball. The famous red chair at Fenway Park marks a 502-foot homer hit by Ted Williams in 1946.