Video highlights of the ten longest home runs hit by the Detroit Tigers in 2015, updated throughout the season.Apr 13, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder J.D. Martinez (28) celebrates with first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) after Martinez after hit a two run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
The Detroit Tigers power output hasn’t always been consistent during the 2015 season, but they have already hit some impressive home runs.
Here we track the top ten longest home runs of the season (with video!) and we will update the top ten as new home runs knock older home runs off the list.
All home run distances are per the ESPN Home Run Tracker true distance. The ESPN Home Run Tracker defines true distance as follows:
If the home run flew uninterrupted all the way back to field level, the actual distance the ball traveled from home plate, in feet. If the ball’s flight was interrupted before returning all the way down to field level (as is usually the case), the estimated distance the ball would have traveled if its flight had continued uninterrupted all the way down to field level.
Before we get to the top ten, let’s start with an honorable mention.Apr 29, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos (9) congratulates catcher James McCann (34) on his inside the park home run in the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Home Run Honorable Mention
True Distance: 409 feet
Hitter: James McCann
Date: April 29, 2015
Opponent: Minnesota Twins
Stadium: Target Field
Pitcher: Aaron Thompson
An inside the park home run isn’t what anyone has in mind when they think of a long ball but McCann’s late-April shot off the center field wall at Target Field makes the cut thanks to McCann’s hustle around the bases.
Believe it or not, this home run was one of the Tigers’ top ten longest until Miguel Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes each hit home runs on May 15 to knock McCann off the board. Despite not leaving Target Field, ESPN’s Home Run Tracker notes that McCann’s ball would have been a home run in 22 parks.
Now on with the home runs!