Mike Napoli flashes gargantuan power in Toronto
Mike Napoli reportedly became the first player in the last eight years to hit two homers in a game that each measured over 460 feet in distance.
Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli had two home runs in Wednesday's 10-1 shellacking of the Blue Jays in Toronto. The most impressive part of Napoli's night, however, won't show up in the box score. That would be the sheer distance that Napoli hit each of his two bombs. And bombs they were.
Here is the first:
Here is the second:
Now, check this out (click on the picture for a full-size version):
Here’s a look at Mike Napoli’s big night… Napoli was the only player in last 8 years to hit two 460+-ft HR in a game. twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/…— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 2, 2013
Heading into Wednesday, per ESPN.com's Home Run Tracker, only seven homers all season had traveled at least 460 feet, and Napoli owned one of them (a 460-foot blast on April 7). The others belong to Anthony Rizzo (475 feet), Mark Trumbo (475), Colby Rasmus (468), Torii Hunter (463), Justin Upton (460) and J.P. Arencibia (460).
So now, as math majors could attest, Napoli has hit 1/3 of the home runs that went at least 460 feet this season.