Two of baseball’s grandest fascinations collided the other day in Texas, when Nomar Mazara’s bat collided with a pitch. Josh Hamilton was a curious footnote, the fearsome slugger reduced to forgotten man.
Baseball loves its home runs, and its records. Mazara hit the ball so far that the person on the field who moved the most on the play was not one of the Angels’ defenders. It was the Rangers’ third-base coach, according to the MLB Statcast system.
How far did the home run travel? The estimate from Statcast was 491 feet, the longest in the major leagues this season.
The longest in the history of the Rangers’ ballpark? The Rangers could...