Giancarlo Stanton opposite-field home run challenges laws of physics

David Brown

Jason Hammel said he's never seen a home run like the one Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins hit Monday night. Stanton's two-run shot in the first inning, an opposite-field drive on which your mom could dry laundry, barely got off the ground high enough to clear the fence in right. It wasn't enough for the Marlins to beat the Chicago Cubs, who won 5-4 in 13 innings at Marlins Park, but it probably will be the most memorable moment from the game.

Said Hammel, via

"I could not get the slider down. That was the ball that Stanton hit. I've never seen a home run like that. That thing took two seconds to get out of the ballpark. I thought it would be a foul ball and hit the base of the wall or something.

"It was a line drive — I just didn't think it had 400 feet of carry on it. He's a strong boy."

Checking with ESPN's Home Run Tracker, Stanton's rope left the bat at 110.7 mph, not as impressive as the 119.9 mph-shot he hit May 4, which is the fastest home run in the majors this season (tying with David Ortiz). But Stanton pulled that one to left. His opposite-field job against the Cubs traveled 366 feet at a 54.1 degree angle — with 45 degrees being straight down the right-field line.

Here's the kicker: It never got higher than 48 feet off the ground.

The "lowest" over-the-fence home run this season was 43 feet by Josh Donaldson of the Oakland Athletics on May 26. But, again, Donaldson pulled his home run — just like most line-drive home runs are pulled. Stanton's was to the opposite field!

Which... he's not afraid to try:

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All of those had some air under them. Stanton's even more impressive when he stays below radar.

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