Kris Bryant’s monster home run from Sunday (September 6) still has fans talking. Bryant hit a 495-foot home run off Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa that may have dented the scoreboard. The solo shot came in the bottom of the fifth inning and set the new mark for the longest home run hit in the 2015 MLB season.
This was Bryant’s 23rd homer of the year, possibly putting him in line to win the Rookie of the Year Award in the National League. He is far ahead of all rookies with 86 RBIs and just one behind Joc Pederson for the most home runs. The.267 batting average that Bryant sports may not be impressive, but it is also far better than what Pederson is doing.
In regard to the furthest hit home runs this season, Bryant takes the lead away from Michael Taylor of the Washington Nationals. Taylor hit a 492.8-foot blast on August 20, helping him pass a 482.7-foot homer from Nelson Cruz back on April 29. Taylor will have to settle for second place ont he list for now.
Kris Bryant has not been cheated on his home run swings this season, and that is very obvious by the video below. The fan-made video shows just how fast the ball got out of the ballpark and gives a good view on how fare it traveled.
Kris Bryant also has his name in another slot on the longest 10 home runs of the season, as he hit a 477.4-foot homer back on June 5. That is good enough for 10th place now, just behind three home runs that Giancarlo Stanton hit earlier in the season. It shows just how good this season could have been for Stanton if he had just stayed healthy.
In the updated MLB standings, the Chicago Cubs are at 78-57 and squarely positioned in the second wild card slot. The team is on a path to play the Pittsburgh Pirates in a one-game playoff to decide who moves on to play the St. Louis Cardinals. That’s a tough position for the three National League Central teams to be in.
In regard to how well the Chicago Cubs have been playing this season, Kris Bryant does get a lot of the credit for the improved offense. Even with several slumps during the long season, he has emerged as a star that MLB fans would love to see on the postseason stage.
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