Shohei Ohtani is unstoppable.
The Los Angeles Angels superstar hit a massive 493-foot home run in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
The blast, his 30th this year and 15th in June alone, is the longest home run in MLB this season and the longest of his career. According to MLB’s Sarah LangesIt’s the longest home run ever hit by an Angels player in the Statcast era (since 2015). According to MLB’s Brent MaguireIt was the longest home run ever hit at Angel Stadium at the time.
“It was loud. .
Ohtani became the fourth American League player to hit 15 homers in June. That shortlist includes Babe Ruth (1930) and Roger Mullis (the year that broke Ruth’s long-standing single-season record) in 1961.
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Ohtani’s 15th home run in June is also the Angels’ home run record in a month, moving him to another high-end club. He became the ninth player in history to hit 30 homers before the calendar turned to July. Orioles guard Chris Davis was the last man to do it in 2013. Others to accomplish the feat are Babe Ruth (twice), Ken Griffey Jr. (twice), Sammy Sosa (twice), Mark McGuire, Barry Bonds, Luis Gonzalez and Albert Pujols.
“I’ve heard players hit 500 foot shots in the past. I know the calculations are a little different now than they were before, but I don’t think the ball will go any farther than that calculation. I think,” Angels manager Phil Nevin said.
Unfortunately for Ohtani, he didn’t get much help from his other teammates. His solo homer cut the lead to 5-1 and the Angels lost 6-2. As a team, the Angels managed just four hits, three of which came from three-time MVP Mike Trout (2) and Ohtani, who is on track to win his second MVP. Ohtani finished the night with 1 for 2 on 2 walks and scored both runs for the Angels.
Contributed by Associated Press