No one is doubting that Nomar Mazara’s home run to start the second inning Wednesday afternoon went a long way. But 491 feet?
That’s how far MLB’s Statcast is saying the Texas Rangers rookie’s team-leading eighth homer traveled. That distance would make the blast the longest homer of the season and the longest in the history of Globe Life Park, surpassing the 490-footer Josh Hamilton launched June 27, 2010.
The Rangers stopped using the distances given to them by a surveyor in 1995, the year after the ballpark opened. That says 442 feet on the shot that landed about midway up the upper deck of the home run porch in right field.
Mazara found the second row of the upper deck Tuesday night with a homer measured at 422 feet. The naked eye says the Wednesday homer didn’t go 70 feet farther.
MLB, though, is standing by its distance.