New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge isn’t the only player who can set records with his prodigious blasts. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Keon Broxton may not be as well-known, but he proved he’s just as capable of hitting memorable moonshots.
In the second inning of Thursday’s 6-4 win against the St. Louis Cardinals, Broxton struck. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Broxton obliterated a 91 mph fastball from Michael Wacha. The pitch was crushed, sailing 489 feet into the bleachers at Busch Stadium. That’s not a typo. Broxton’s two-run shot traveled 489 feet.
The blast ranks as the second-longest home run this season. Judge still holds this year’s record after his 495-foot bomb, but not by much.
Perhaps more impressively, Broxton’s home run was the longest ever hit at Busch Stadium.
Keon Broxton’s two-run homer measured 489 feet. That’s the longest at Busch Stadium 3. WOW. @AdamMcCalvy
— Nate Latsch (@NateLatsch) June 15, 2017
The current version of the park opened in 2006. The previous record belonged to Brandon Moss, who hit a 477-foot homer last June. Moss still owns the record for the longest left-handed home run in the stadium’s history, so he’s still got that going for him.
Broxton celebrated the feat in the appropriate manner.
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) June 16, 2017
If you hit a ball that far, you have every right to flex. We’ll even take it a step further. If you smack the longest home run at a park, you should be allowed to re-name it. Busch Stadium had a nice ring to it, but we have to refer to it as Broxton Field now. That’s just the way it has to be.
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