I have long home runs on the mind. First, there was the anniversary last Friday of Frank Robinson becoming the only batter to hit a ball out of Memorial Stadium. Then the Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton put a ball out of Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. Let’s talk longball in this week’s guest blog.
The longest Orioles home run so far this season belongs to ... Jonathan Schoop. Schoop’s 432-foot home run on April 10 against the Blue Jays tops Chris Davis’ 423-foot shot to center field on April 26 versus the Red Sox. Both home runs came at Camden Yards. Manny Machado has the longest road home run for the O’s at 422 feet on April 23 at Toronto.
Schoop’s homer is the fourth-longest overall at Camden Yards this season. The top three belong to Hanley Ramirez (441 feet on April 26), Josh Donaldson (435 feet on April 12) and Alex Rodriguez (433 feet on April 15). All four batters are right-handed. However, if you’re talking long home runs in Baltimore, you have to remember the lefties, Eutaw Street and, of course, the B&O Warehouse.
So in the ballpark’s more than two decades as the Orioles’ home, which batter has come closest to hitting the Warehouse in a game? If you answered Jay Gibbons, please claim your Long Island Ducks t-shirt prize. Gibbons doesn’t have the longest Eutaw Street home run, but the placement of his hit on June 28, 2003, behind the right-field stands, close to the foul pole, put it nearest the Warehouse.
After 80 Eutaw Street home runs, the current popular pick as to who will hit the Warehouse is Davis, who shares the throne as the king of Eutaw Street. Davis’ April 29 home run onto the walkway tied him with Luke Scott for the most Eutaw Street homers with six. It went 414 feet. Davis also extended the current streak of April Eutaw Street home runs to five years.
For each of the past five years, there has been at least one April Eutaw Street homer: Luke Scott (April 27, 2011), Eric Thames (April 24, 2012), Davis (April 28, 2012), Andre Ethier (April 20, 2013) and Colby Rasmus (April 13, 2014). April is the month that Mickey Tettleton got things started with the first-ever Eutaw Street home run on April 20, 1992.
Two seasons ago, a Washington, D.C., columnist predicted that a banged-up Bryce Harper would be the first batter to hit the Warehouse. Two seasons later, Harper is healthy and pasting the ball. His longest homers this season are 452 feet to center, 441 feet to right, and 431 feet to right. Harper and the Nationals come to town for a three-game set starting on July 10.
You can read more about Eutaw Street home runs on Roar from 34 in the Eutaw Street Chronicles.
Matthew Taylor blogs about the Orioles at Roar from 34. Follow him on Twitter: @RoarFrom34. His ruminations about the Birds appear as part of MASNsports.com’s season-long initiative of welcoming guest bloggers to our site. All opinions expressed are those of the guest bloggers, who are not employed by MASNsports.com but are just as passionate about their baseball as our roster of writers.