Shohei Ohtani Makes History With Home Run Never Before Seen in the Statcast Era

Shohei Ohtani Makes History With Home Run Never Before Seen in the Statcast Era

Joel Reyes
June 15, 2023 at 4:07 PM
  • Shohei Ohtani made history with his 21st home run of the season against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night
  • He recorded the hardest-hit home run to the opposite field by a lefty hitter since Statcast started tracking in 2015
  • Ohtani’s towering blast in the ninth inning had an exit velocity of 116.1 mph and traveled 453 feet to left-center field

The long bombs just keep on coming for Shohei Ohtani.

The Japanese superstar hit his 21st homer of the season on Wednesday night in the Angels’ loss to the Rangers.

He made history with that blast as he again demonstrated his tremendous power at the plate.

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Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels hits a two-run home run during the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field on June 14, 2023, in Arlington, Texas. Image: Sam Hodde
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Ohtani launched a massive 453-foot home run to left-center field during the top of the ninth inning of Los Angeles’ 6-3 defeat.

The exit velocity of his majestic two-run shot was measured at 116.1 mph, per

The two-way star made history with that blast as it was the hardest-hit homer by a left-handed hitter to the opposite field that Statcast has tracked since 2015 when it came online.

Ohtani's hot June continues

Ohtani has been raking against the Rangers, as his screaming liner on Wednesday was his third home run in this series.

He homered twice against Texas on Monday, helping the Angels grab a 9-6 win, per ESPN.

Ohtani tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the seventh inning with a mammoth 459-foot shot to center field.

He then gave the Angels a 7-5 lead in the top of the 12th inning after hitting a 388-foot two-run homer down the left-field line.

Ohtani breaks Gallo's record

Joey Gallo held the previous Statcast record for exit velocity on an opposite-field home run by a lefty hitter. The homer he hit for the Rangers on September 25, 2017, left his bat at 113 mph.

Ohtani wasn’t able to beat the overall Statcast record for the hardest-hit opposite-field homer. That record still belongs to New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who ripped a two-run shot to right-center field against the Toronto Blue Jays on Opening Day in 2018 at Rogers Centre.

Stanton’s home run had an exit velocity of 117.3 mph. That blast endeared him to the Yankees faithful as it was his first regular-season homer as a Bronx Bomber.

Mets fans blast Lindor, Scherzer

Sports Brief recently reported on fans blasting Lindor and Scherzer after their poor performances in the Mets’ series opener against the Yankees.

Lindor went hitless in three at-bats, including striking out with the bases loaded in the eighth inning.

Scherzer struggled on the mound, allowing five runs and six hits in the fourth inning.

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