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Shohei Ohtani Hits Longest HR in MLB This Season

 Nick Martin - World Baseball Network  |    Jun 19th, 2024 6:22pm EDT

Shohei Ohtani has continued to wow fans since the Japanese-born player made his MLB debut in 2018. A human highlight reel, Ohtani gave baseball fans something to marvel at in Tuesday’s game against the Colorado Rockies.  

Ohtani launched a sixth-inning moonshot off Rockies ace Austin Gomber. The ball soared over the center field wall at Coors Field and came to rest 476 ft from home plate. It’s a distance that would be good for the longest home run of the MLB season. Gomber had allowed a league-low 12 home runs before facing one of the league’s most powerful hitters. 

Ohtani now holds the title of farthest home run hitter of the 2024 season, an honor he held last year with a 464-foot homer. This most recent blast brings his total to 20 on the season, a tie for the most in the National League and six shy of the league leader Aaron Judge.   

He recently became the favorite for National League MVP after his teammate Mookie Betts fractured his hand. Through 72 games, he is batting .316, which would be the best in his career should he continue this scorching start. Ohtani also leads the NL with an impressive .995 OPS.  

After a UCL injury that forced Ohtani to stay off the mound in 2024, his bat has picked up the slack and kept him among the MVP talks. Fans can expect more dingers from Ohtani for the remainder of this year, although hitting one further than his most recent will be tough.  

Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a double against the Colorado Rockies. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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