Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is known for his ability to hit for average. While some have speculated the 43-year-old could have been one of the game’s best power hitters if he wanted, we’ve never really seen him sell out for power. We’ve always had to dream about him mashing home runs.
Those dreams finally became a reality. In the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Ichiro unloaded a three-run homer 432 feet into the stands in right center.
That blast is easily the longest Ichiro has hit during the Statcast era. In fairness, though, the Statcast era began in 2015.
Thankfully, there are other ways to measure home runs. According to ESPN’s Home Run Tracker, Ichiro’s shot from Tuesday’s game is his longest home run since at least 2006.
That’s as far back as the tracker goes. Ichiro was a rookie in 2001, so it’s possible he’s hit one farther in his career. It’s also possible that this was his longest home run.
Hey, that’s pretty impressive, especially for a guy who usually doesn’t hit for power. In fact, he even managed to out-slug one of the best power hitters in the majors with this hit, his teammate Giancarlo Stanton.
Ichiro and Stanton homered in the same inning. One of those homers went significantly further — and it wasn't Stanton's.
— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) August 22, 2017
For years, an urban legend has circulated among those inside the game that Ichiro could win the Home Run Derby. It may have taken 17 seasons, but fans finally have proof that he’s capable of hitting monstrous home runs every once and a while.
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