Rockies shortstop Trevor Story hit three homers against the San Francisco Giants last night. They were all absolute bombs, but one of them was the biggest bomb hit since Statcast came on the scene since they began measuring such things in 2015.
Homer number one went “only” 459 feet and landed in the concourse behind the left field stands in Coors Field. The second homer was a 505-footer, also hitting the concourse and bouncing into a concession stand. That beat out Giancarlo Stanton‘s 504-footer back in 2016 — also hit at Coors Field — for the record. The longest non-Coors Field shot was a 495-footer by Aaron Judge in Yankee Stadium last year.
Story’s third homer was a blooper, comparatively speaking, going only 416 feet. Which, yeah, is still longer than a heck of a lot of homers that get hit.
Story, who burst on the scene in 2016 with an April home run barrage that petered out once the weather got warm is having a fantastic season that should earn him some decent downballot MVP support. To date he’s hitting .298/.354/.566 with 31 homers and 95 RBI, both of which are career highs. And, of course, there is still nearly a month of the season left.
Watch him hit the ball a country mile:
Welp, that didn’t last long. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is going back on the injured list with more knee issues. If it matters the Sox say it’s not a big deal and they expect him back sooner rather than later, but they also said that his post-2017 knee surgery was just a “cleanup” at first and that basically cost him a year. So.
Pedroia has played in six games and is 2-for-20 with a walk.
I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that Pedroia’s career may be nearing an end. Sure, he’s under contract for two more years after this season, but he’s also in a unfortunate spiral that so many players experience in their mid-to-late 30s.
Running a website like this makes it all the clearer, actually. When you search a player’s name in our CMS, you get every post in which he appears in reverse chronological order. Just about every long-tenured player ends with about six posts in which he is alternately placed on and activated from the disabled/injured list. Then an offseason link to a big feature in which he’s written about as being “at a crossroads” followed by something vague about “resuming baseball activities” and then, inevitably, the retirement announcement. I can’t count the number of guys whose careers I can tick off in that way by browsing the guts of this site.
I hope that’s not the case for Pedroia. I hope that there’s a “Pedroia wins Comeback Player of the Year” post in the future. Or at the very least a silly “Miller’s Crossing” reference in an “And that Happened” in which I say “the old man’s still an artist with the Thompson” after he peppers the ball around in some 3-for-4, two-double game. I want that stuff to happen.
It’s just that, if you watch this game long enough, you realize how unlikely that is once a player starts to break down.