Goldy nearly smoked Hrabe with a baseball today - from 490-feet away

The ball hit by Paul Goldschimdt during batting practice would have been the longest home run hit by a Cardinal in 2018

February 14, 2019 - 5:44 pm

JUPITER, Fla. (KMOX) - Paul Goldschmidt hit one of the longest home runs I have ever seen on a practice field in Jupiter on Thursday. 

Well, he didn't hit it on a practice field. He was standing at home plate on Field 1 at the Cardinals' complex, to be specific. 

But he hit the ball over the fence, over the bullpen mounds, and one hopped the actual complex itself, the ball smacking the plaster wall about 5 feet left of the door that manager Mike Shildt would emerge from to speak with the media about 20 minutes later.

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Goldschmidt's insertion into the Cardinals lineup gives Shildt some formidable firepower. Along with Matt Carpenter and Marcell Ozuna, that is three players with MVP votes over the past two seasons and combining for 188 home runs.

Even when Goldschmidt and Carpenter weren't hitting, they were hitting the ball hard. Last year, despite slow starts, Carpenter and Goldschmidt each ranked in the top-five in MLB in hard hit percentage. Eventually, that paid off and each player caught the attention of BBWAA voters when the time came to consider the league's Most Valuable Player.

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Add Ozuna and all three players rank in the top-13 last year in MLB hard hit percentage, and the top-11 over the last two years.

After standing on the sidewalk outside the complex and nearly jumping when Goldschmidt's towering HR nearly hit me, I'm not surprised.

(NOTE – Using a very unscientific iPhone app, I measured the straight line distance from the approximate point the ball landed to home plate where it was hit. About 150 meters, or 492 feet.)