Rockies slugger crushes second-longest home run of Statcast era

By , Audacy Sports

The hitter's haven of Coors Field, home of the Rockies, has seen yet another majestic, tape-measure home run.

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Colorado slugger CJ Cron launched a bomb on Friday night that landed an estimated 504 feet from home plate -- longest of the 2022 season and the second-longest ever measured by Statcast, which began tracking batted-ball data in 2015.

The 32-year-old Cron squared up an offering from Diamondbacks reliever Kenyan Middleton, sending it far down the left-field line and into the Denver night for his 27th round-tripper on the campaign. The ball nearly left the stadium.

Cron's moonshot tied Giancarlo Stanton's 504-foot bomb from August 2016 for the longest recorded at Coors Field in the Statcast era. Stanton's long ball was the first 500-footer ever recorded in Denver.

Earlier this week, Brewers star Christian Yelich launched a 499-foot home run at Coors Field. Two others have travelled at least 490 feet.

Since 2015, the only home run that has travelled further than Cron's bomb was a 505-foot shot hit by then-Rangers slugger Nomar Mazara at Globe Life Park.

Cron, for his part, knew his shot had the distance but was concerned about it staying fair.

“It felt good off my bat,” Cron told reporters after the game. “I was just hoping that it stayed fair. So I was happy that it did, and happy to add on more runs."

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