Eloy Jimenez Mesmerizes With Mammoth Homer

Jimenez hit a homer estimated at 462 feet in the Sox's win against the Nationals.

Bruce Levine
June 12, 2019 - 12:09 am
White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez

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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- White Sox rookie outfielder Eloy Jimenez made sure the first homer of his career at Guaranteed Rate Field was a memorable one.

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In the fourth inning of an eventual 7-5 win against the Nationals on Tuesday evening, Jimenez hit a solo homer that was estimated at 462 feet by Statcast. It sent the home fans into a frenzy and in the mind of some longtime observers of the team was the longest homer they could remember.

Jimenez's homer was his ninth of the season but his first at home, ending a somewhat odd trend.

"That meant a lot," Jimenez said. "That was my first one here. I tried to do it my first game here, but this was really exciting." 

The blast went two levels up in center field above the second tiers of bushes. The ball bounced just above the center-field camera well and up a staircase. It marked the sixth-longest homer in ballpark history and the longest since Statcast began measuring home runs in MLB in 2015, the White Sox said.

"I hit that one in Kansas City," Jimenez said when asked if he had ever hit a ball further. "I hit that one pretty much the same."

A comparable homer that was noted in the immediate aftermath was an estimated 461-foot blast by Jim Thome when the White Sox won Game 163 against the Twins on Sept. 30, 2008. That one also landed above bushes.

"I never saw one hit up there," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said of Jimenez's homer when asked if it was further than the Thome blast.

The longest estimated home run in the history of the current ballpark, which opened in 1991, was a 504-foot shot by White Sox outfielder Joe Borchard on Aug. 30, 2004. His homer cleared the bleachers in right-center field and landed on the concourse.

Jimenez's homer was only part of a well-rounded performance by him, as he went 2-of-3 with a walk and three runs and made two fine defensive plays. Jimenez's walk after battling in the first inning against Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin set up Welington Castillo's grand slam.

"(Jose Abreu) said I can't be only 22 years old," Jimenez said of the ribbing that he took from teammates. "He said no 22-year-old player could hit a ball that far."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.