What Are The Longest Home Runs At The MLB Home Run Derby?

What Are The Longest Home Runs At The MLB Home Run Derby

Every year, the MLB’s most talented power hitters are invited to partake in the Home Run Derby, where they compete to see who can hit the most home runs in a series of thrilling faceoffs. Some of the farthest hit, most impressive home runs ever recorded have taken place at the derby, each more thrilling than the last.    

What are the longest MLB Home Run Derby home runs?

  • Sammy Sosa at American Family Field 2002
  • Juan Soto at Coors Field 2021
  • Trevor Story at Coors Field 2021
  • Pete Alonso at Coors Field 2021

Sammy Sosa at American Family Field 2002 (524 Feet)

Even decades later, Sammy Sosa’s performance at the 2002 Home Run Derby in American Family Field remains one of the most stunning displays of strength ever boasted by a power hitter. The former Cubs right fielder and 2000 Home Run Derby champion hit a whopping five home runs over 500 feet deep to right, left, and center fieldHis farthest home run was launched an estimated 524 feet deep into the field, farther than anyone has ever hit the ball at a Home Run Derby. Though the 2002 Home Run Derby would go on to be won by Jason Giambi of the New York Yankees, one could argue that Sosa’s performance was the showstopper of the day.   

Juan Soto at Coors Field 2021 (520 Feet)

Few could have expected a 22-year-old rookie to set the record for the longest recorded home run ever at the modern format Home Run Derby, but Juan Soto did the seemingly impossible. The Washington Nationals left fielder entered the competition as an underdog and, in the first round, won in a major upset against Angels pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani. During their faceoff, he shot the ball an unbelievable 520 feet into the field, a record which remains unbroken as the longest ever officially recorded by Statcast technology. Though reigning champion Pete Alonso would go on to win the derby, Soto’s stunning performance as an underdog would be one of the shining moments of the Home Run Derby.

Trevor Story at Coors Field 2021 (518 Feet)

Trevor Story’s performance at the 2021 Home Run Derby was one to remember. The former Rockies shortstop was a highly-anticipated slugger for his hometown crowd at Coors Field, and he didn’t fail to deliver. In the first round, he hit an astounding 518 ft home run out to the back row of the left-field bleachers. He would go on to beat Rangers left fielder Joey Gallo in the first round by a score of 20-19 home runs. Though he was eliminated in the next round, his spectacular show at his then-home turf was a wild crowd pleaser.

Pete Alonso at Coors Field 2021 (514 Feet)

Mets’ first baseman Pete Alonso had one of the most powerful displays of all time at the 2021 Home Run Derby. As the reigning champion of 2019, he entered the competition with high expectations that he was more than able to meet. His 514 feet blast reaching the back of Coors Field’s left-field bleachers was one of the cleanest, most impressive swings in recent memory. It was his eleventh of a whopping 23 home runs in the final round, a score that would once again win him the derby. Alonso is one of just three repeat champions since the Home Run Derby’s official creation in 1985. 


Why is it easier to hit home runs in Coors Field?

It’s not luck, but rather science behind the unusually high number of home runs hit at Coors Field. At a mile above sea level in Denver, Colorado, Coors Field has naturally thinner air with about 15% less air resistance than a similar location at sea level. Fewer gaseous molecules means that the ball can sail through the air with less friction, making the weather ripe for home runs.

What is the average distance of an MLB home run?

The average distance of your typical MLB home run is about 350 feet deep and generally in the 300 to 400-foot range. While it may be considerably shorter than the 500 and over-foot blasts listed above, the conditions of pitching in a regular game versus the Home Run Derby are, of course, different in competitive nature. In a regular game, pitchers compete against the batters with fastballs, changeups, and breaking balls intended to trick them; in the Home Run Derby, which is designed to let power hitters shine, pitches are slow and right down the middle of the plate.