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Too Bad It’s Only Spring Training, Because That Means We Will Never Know How Far This Miguel Cabrera Home Run Traveled

That meteor over Russia has nothing on this celestial event.

It didn’t quite go over the tiki bar as the color analyst suggested, but one thing is known:  Ball go far.

“The ball nearly landed in the players’ parking lot behind the stadium. A bartender at one of the tiki bars along the left-field concourse said the ball hit the back fence behind the bar, about 100 feet beyond the left-field fence.”

My official guess —  using an actual tape measure, Google Maps’ satellite view of the stadium, the park’s dimensions and a careful eye on what that ball soared over as it exited the stadium — is 445 feet. That feels extremely conservative. Alas, we will never know the official footage because most teams don’t do homer measurements in spring training, which is just lazy.

More amazing to me than just this sheer show of force is how Cabrera hit that ball. Watch the replay of Cabrera’s swing from the first-base dugout at the 0:45 mark. That pitch is up by his letters and doesn’t allow him to extend his arms. Look at just far he has to pull his hands in to get to that ball.

So, Cabrera faced a pitch above the strike zone, cutting into his body, that kind of handcuffed him. And he hit it into Georgia.

I’d say he’s ready for the regular season.

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