The Longest Home Runs in the History of Target Field

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Target Field - 2014 - Matthew Deery

Last week, Kennys Vargas hit an epic roundtripper during the Twins 13-2 drubbing of our division rivals from the south side of Chicago. The home run measured 436 feet — a blast gargantuan enough that a diehard Twins fan coworker of mine insisted I watch a video of it online the next morning at the office.

And so I pass it on to you…

Vargas’ long bomb got me wondering… Hmm… I wonder where this home runs ranks among the longest at Target Field? And what was the longest home run in Target Field history?

Here is a graph answering those questions (Click to enlarge):

Longest Twins Homeruns

Vargas’ homer on June 22nd didn’t even make the top ten, though his 446-foot shot from last season was good enough to get him on the list. But move over Kennys… Jim Thome is the undisputed king of Target Field in term of home run length. The (likely) future Hall of Famer owns the three longest bombs in the young stadium’s history.

Here are the videos of his three record blasts (so you can show your coworkers):

#3 — April 10, 2011 (454 feet)

#2 — June 13, 2012 (459 feet, playing for the enemy)

#1 — July 17, 2011 (464 feet)

 

I miss Jim Thome.

 

Images by: Matthew Deery — Brent Lee

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Brent Lee

Brent and his dog Steve live in Eagan where they spend their time eating, sleeping and getting into adventures. Apart from the brutal, inhumane winters, they are both convinced Minnesota is a top five global destination. Brent is happiest when he is playing football, laughing, discussing philosophy, eating Chipotle, watching anything Larry David created, doing funny character voices while reading children's books to his two little nieces, or writing about whatever happens to cross his mind, unapologetically stretching sentence length and comma usage as far as the editor will allow. Also, Brent's nemesis is Burt Reynolds, though Mr. Reynolds is likely unaware of this rivalry.

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