Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If you’ve ever attended a Marlins batting practice session, you already knew. But Monday night, the rest of the nation got a glimpse of the kind of bombs Giancarlo Stanton is known for in South Florida.
In case you missed it, Stanton came up to bat for the Marlins with the bases loaded in the fourth inning. He was going against Jamie Moyer, who is old enough to be his father, of the Colorado Rockies. The duo went back and forth for seven pitches.
Then Moyer let a pitch hang over the plate and Stanton blasted the ball over the left field fence hitting the scoreboard before dropping down to the fans in left field. ESPN calculated the ball left Stanton’s bat going 122.4 miles per hour, the fastest ever tracked by the company’s home run tracker.
Sometimes words can describe a homer, but this one is best left to let the video speak.
- Click here to view the video of Stanton’s shot.
It wasn’t quite on par with this one, but it still lifted the Marlins to victory and gave the home crowd a memory they won’t forget.
Stanton has been on a tear since the calendar turned to May. He made a slight adjustment in his swing and has seen all of his batting stats explode. He’s currently hitting .277 with 9 home runs and 28 RBI’s. Stanton has an on base percentage of .348 and a slugging percentage of .520.
Stanton has also hit safely in eight of his last ten games while hitting better than .300 during that streak with 3 homers and 11 RBI’s.