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ESPN: Eric Hosmer’s monumental home run was longest in baseball this year

Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer watched his two-run home run in the fifth inning of Friday’s game against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer watched his two-run home run in the fifth inning of Friday’s game against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. jsleezer@kcstar.com

It’s been an impressive 11-game stretch for Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer.

His average was .185 heading into the Royals’ game on April 23, but it’s up to .271 thanks to these last 11 games. Hosmer has hit .405 (17 for 42) in the stretch with seven RBIs, a double, a triple and two home runs.

Hosmer’s home run in Friday night’s 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians was epic as he sent a baseball into the fountains in right-center field. Statcast broke down the numbers, and it showed the ball had an exit velocity of 109.6 mph and traveled an estimated 458 feet.

Here is a look at the home run:

ESPN tracked the ball as having traveled even farther:

According to ESPN’s Home Run Tracker, Hosmer’s bomb was measured at 469 feet, which makes it the longest home run hit in Major League Baseball this season. On ESPN’s list, Arizona’s Jake Lamb is second with a home run measured at 468 feet.

Hosmer’s blast was the longest home run hit by a Royals player since Kendrys Morales crushed a 472-foot shot on Aug. 25, 2015.

Here are the longest home runs hit by a Royals player since the start of the 2013 season (per ESPN’s Home Run Tracker):

 
HR distancePlayerOpponentDate
472K. MoralesBalt8-25-15
469E. HosmerCleFriday
462A. GordonCle8-31-14
461S. PerezBos6-20-15
456MoralesTor8-7-16

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