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Watch: Jackie Bradley Jr. hits longest Red Sox home run in Statcast era

Rob Bradford
August 28, 2019 - 7:17 am
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Jackie Bradley Jr. made history Tuesday night.

The Red Sox outfielder hit a home run in the second inning of his team's 10-6 win over the Rockies that wasn't your average round-tripper. The 478-foot homer launched into the third deck of the right-center field stands at Coors Field was the longest homer hit by a Red Sox player since distances started being measured by Statcast in 2015.

The previous longest Red Sox blast tallied by Statcast came on April 29, 2017 when Hanley Ramirez hit a 469-foot blast at Fenway Park against the Cubs.

"That ball Jackie hit, I don't think I've ever seen a ball go that far. That was incredible," said Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello told reporters regarding the home run, which also clocked in with an exit velocity of 114.1 mph. "That was a shot. That's one of the bigger home runs I've ever seen."

"I think the best part is seeing my teammates' reactions," Bradley told reporters. "It's fun seeing their expressions and how they reacted. I think that shows how they support me and it was fun."

It was Bradley Jr.'s fifth home run in the last 10 games he has appeared in dating back to Aug. 12. His OPS for the season sits at .729, almost identical with the outfielder's career average of .725.

"I mean, first of all, good job by him attacking early in the count. He got a pitch to hit that he could handle and put a good swing on it," Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters. "Obviously, here, the ball carries but that was going to be a no-doubter anywhere. It was pretty impressive."