Gallo slugs 490-foot HR, 2017's 3rd longest

Gallo slugs 490-foot HR, 2017's 3rd longest

ANAHEIM -- Joey Gallo had gone more than two weeks without hitting a home run but when he finally connected, it was a beauty.

Gallo hit a home run off Angels starter Garrett Richards that landed high on the batter's eye slope in center field at Angel Stadium in the second inning of Sunday's 4-2 win. Statcast™ had the home run at a projected distance of 490 feet and with an exit velocity of 116.2 mph.

It may have been the most impressive home run in Anaheim since Bo Jackson's home run in the 1989 All-Star Game. That was before Angel Stadium was renovated, but it still landed in the same general vicinity beyond the center-field wall.

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Gallo's drive was clearly farther.

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"I don't think he's going to stop amazing us with the length of his home runs," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Not only are they far, they're high, they're impressive. He's an incredible talent who has big-time power. It's fun to see him when he gets the barrel to it and they fly like that."

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At 490 feet, Gallo's blast was the third longest home run in MLB this season and eighth longest overall since Statcast™ began in 2015. It's the longest home run at Angel Stadium since Statcast™ began.

"I just swing and hit the ball as hard as I can most times," Gallo said. "Sometimes they go farther than others. I don't know the distance, I hit it good."

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The two longest home runs in the Majors this season were 495 feet by Aaron Judge and 493 by Gary Sanchez of the Yankees. Adrian Beltre said Gallo might have beaten both.

"It was unbelievable," Beltre said. "There's no way that was 490 feet. It was over 500 feet. It was impressive swing, impressive two-strike swing. We all know the power, but that was a really good swing."

The home run came on a 1-2 slider from Richards that Gallo crushed to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead.

"It was two strikes, and he is nasty," Gallo said. "Been nasty all game. Honestly, I was just trying to put the ball in play, hope for the best. Got the barrel to it, and it went out."

Sunday's smash was the longest home run of Gallo's career. His previous best was 466 feet off James Hoyt of the Astros on June 14 earlier this season. His last home run came on Sept. 1.

"It has been a while since I've hit a home run," Gallo said. "I didn't really care. The hitter I am, they come in packs. One week you might hit six home runs and one week you won't. I'm fine with that. Just stick with my approach and my plan."

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.