Video: Joc Pederson just hit a monster home run

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The trick, when trying to figure out if a ball is going to leave the park, is to not watch the ball. You watch the ourfielders. If they keep ranging back the ball is still going back and you can tell when they’re about to set up to catch it. If they get to the fence before they do that, it’s gone.

Of course, sometimes that trick doesn’t work so well. Sometimes, the ball is murdered to dang hard that they don’t even bother moving. Like with this Joc Pederson home run in Colorado. Not that you needed to watch the outfielders after the swing he got on it.

Charlie Steiner said it went 450 feet “and then some.” Still waiting on an official measurement.

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How far was it hit? The guy who caught still looked utterly shocked that he even got a ball long after he got it.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.