Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones has hit 119 home runs in his eight years in the big leagues, but none have traveled as far as the bomb he put into orbit at Tropicana Field on Sunday against Matt Moore at the Rays.
Jones came to the dish in the fourth inning with the Orioles up 8-1 in Tampa Bay and hit a 77 MPH slider 457 feet to center field for the O’s ninth run of the game. According to HitTrackerOnline.com, the ball traveled off Jones’ bat at 110.3 MPH.
AJ took R.A. Dickey deep on May 25 with a 446 foot rocket, his second longest homer of the 2013 season. That pitch was actually hit harder, clocking in at 118.4 MPH.
Jones’ blast also happened to be the longest homer of the season at Tropicana Field this season, edging Evan Longoria‘s homer on May 11 that traveled 448 feet.
Despite Chris Davis‘ 20 homers, it’s Jones who leads the Orioles in longest homers. His 457 foot shot on Sunday is the O’s longest of the season while his 446 shot on May 25 is the team’s second furthest. Chris Davis’ longest blast of the year was a 439 foot shot on May 9.