Yesterday’s game was so crazy, especially late, that it was easy to lose sight – temporarily – of the mammoth blast Anthony Rizzo had during the game.
Kris Bryant’s homer got some love, and, if that was the embodiment of a ball that you can’t believe left the park, this is the complete opposite of that:
That thing is a no-doubt, perfectly-stroked, monster shot, and everyone knew it immediately. The fact that it didn’t leave the stadium belies just how far and hard Rizzo hit that ball. I believe that new section of the bleachers is a little bit higher than before, and, also, that ball was more to right center than just right field.
Using ESPN’s homer tracker, we can see that the shot was a 441-foot blast that left the bat at 108 mph. If not for Giancarlo Stanton (because obviously), that would have been the longest homer of the day in all of baseball. By contrast, and for an example, Bryant’s homer went 383 feet and came off the bat at about 102 mph. (Which is still impressive, given his swing on the pitch.)
So, yeah. That ball was destroyed.
Rizzo’s season line is up to .341/.468/.611 with the fifth highest wRC+ (190) in baseball.