OAKLAND — The distance of Mike Trout’s home run off the window of a luxury suite high above the center-field wall in the Oakland Coliseum on Monday night, originally estimated at 421 feet, was bumped to 452 feet by ESPN’s Home Run Tracker half an hour after the game.
That still wasn’t enough for Manager Mike Scioscia.
“That ball was still in the air at 452 feet,” Scioscia said before Tuesday night’s game against the Athletics. “I don’t know what the criteria is for measuring how long a ball is projected to go, but there’s no way that ball was anything short of 500 feet.”
According to ESPN, it was only the fourth-longest home run Trout has hit this season. His longest was a 462-foot shot to center field in Kansas City on May 23.
“He’s a strong kid with terrific bat speed and a great swing,” Scioscia said of the 6-foot-2, 235-pound Trout, who is making another run at the American League most-valuable-player award after finishing second in 2012. “He leverages the ball well.”
There isn’t much Trout doesn’t do well. Entering Tuesday night, the outfielder led the AL in runs (106) and walks (100); he ranked second in average (.331), on-base percentage (.436), triples (nine) and multiple-hit games (55); third in slugging (.564); fourth in doubles (39); and sixth in stolen bases (33).
In fact, the Angels' media relations department came up with this gem on Tuesday: Trout is one double and one triple shy of becoming the first-ever member of the 10-20-30-40 club (10 triples, 20 homers, 30 steals, 40 doubles).