If any Mets fans still have concerns that Pete Alonso's Home Run Derby showing could hurt his swing in any way, the rookie gave 474 reasons to think otherwise on Wednesday.
In the top of the eighth inning of the Mets' 14-4 drubbing of the Twins, Alonso locked in to a back-up slider from Matt Magill. From the second the ball hit the bat, there was absolutely no doubt that the ball was leaving the park. The only question was how far it would fly.
As it turned out, the answer was 474 feet.
"It's not every day you kind of connect like that, so that felt good," said Alonso, who took a moment to watch how far the ball traveled. "That felt really, really good."
Everyone in the Mets' dugout was impressed with the Herculean blast, including Alonso's manager.
"I've been [to Target Field] a lot. I've seen a lot of BP here, and people don't even hit them there in BP. That's pretty impressive," said Mickey Callaway. "He put better swings on the ball today. I thought something was due, and there it was. He hit that one a long way. It was fun to watch."
While Alonso's shot travelled the longest distance, is was Dominic Smith's seventh inning pinch-hit three-run home run that gave the Mets the lead. Even Smith was in awe of Alonso after the game, though.
"I mean, it was amazing," said Smith. "I get the pleasure to watch him take BP all the time, so I get to see a lot of moonshots he hits. … I still don't think it's the farthest one he'll hit. But for him to hit one like that, it just shows what kind of power he has."
Here are some of the insane numbers behind Alonso's 31st home run:
- It was the longest home run recorded by a Met since Statcast began tracking homers in 2015. Michael Conforto is second on the list with a 472-foot blast.
- The ball came off of Alonso's bat with a 30 degree launch angle and reached a maximum height of 110 feet.
- According to Baseball Savant, Alonso's blast had an expected batting average of .980, begging the question of where that ball would not have been a hit.
- Alonso has now hit seven home runs this season of 440+ feet, tied with Pittsburgh's Josh Bell for the most in baseball.
- His 474-foot blast traveled farther than any of his 57 homers in this year's Home Run Derby.