New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit smashed a 470-foot home run against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. The ball still hasn’t landed.
Four-hundred-and-seventy-feet. That’s right; Luke Voit just went 470 feet in Kansas City.
The New York Yankees first baseman/designated hitter who closely resembles the green guy from The Avengers smacked the home run that made the difference in a 7-3 victory over the Royals.
Luke Voit, 470 feet, the longest Yankees dinger of the year. #PinstripePride pic.twitter.com/G49IerpR7P
— ESNY (@EliteSportsNY) May 25, 2019
Voit, 28, has picked up exactly where he left off a year ago. His 13th of the season broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh inning.
No, 470 feet doesn’t come close to breaking the all-time record (we think) held by Babe Ruth, at a majestic 575 feet, but in this day and age with all of the Little Leauge ballparks around, it’s an impressive feat.
Speaking of the longest dingers ever, meet Joey Meyer, the man who once smacked a 585-foot shot while playing with the minor-league Denver Zephyrs.
In 1953, Mickey Mantle hit a blast that was originally estimated at 643 feet. Later, once technology improved, the mark changed to 565 feet, the second-longest ever behind Ruth’s estimated shot.
Other epic moonshots include Jose Canseco in 1989 (540 feet), Reggie Jackson in 1931 (539 feet), Mark McGwire in 1989 (538 feet), Adam Dunn in 2004 (535 feet) and Willie Stargell in 1978 (535 feet).
While Luke Voit couldn’t add another 100 feet or so to this one, don’t count the man out moving forward. After all, he likes smashing things. “Luke Smash” just isn’t a fictional tag-line; it’s one of the best parts of the New York Yankees lineup.