Giancarlo Stanton Breaks Records: Home Run Derby Edition
Giancarlo Stanton isn’t an All-Star this season, but I’m guessing he’ll be the most memorable part of the 2016 All-Star Break. Why? Because last night, Stanton participated in the 2016 T-Mobile Home Run Derby and completely stole the show. Let’s take a walk through all three rounds with some interesting facts about his night sprinkled in, yes?
ROUND ONE: 24 Home Runs
- Stanton’s 497 foot home run was the furthest ever in the Statcast era, beating out the previous record set by Kris Bryant, who hit one 495 feet on Sept. 6, 2015.
- Stanton also hit one with an exit velocity of 120.4, the hardest-hit homer ever to be measured by Statcast.
ROUND TWO: 17 Home Runs
- Stanton matched his first-round record with another 497-footer.
- He hit 14 Home Runs further than 440-feet limit, included 7 over 480 feet.
ROUND THREE: 20 Home Runs
- Set the Statcast record for home run with lowest launch angle (12.3 degrees) beating his own previous record (13.5 degrees).
- 14 of Stanton’s 20 final-round homers left his bat at 110 mph or faster.
In addition to all of the madness listed above, Stanton had the best average exit velocity of the evening (111.9 MPH), hit 18 of the top 19 longest home runs (including all of the top 10), had the 20 hardest-hit ones of the night and averaged (AVERAGED) 446 FEET per home run. Oh, and of course, his 61 home runs set the record for the most ever in a Home Run Derby (beating the previous record of 42 set by Todd Frazier in 2015).
He is the most prodigious power hitter of our generation. You can read more about his night here, here, and here.