“McDeep Dive” is our new series that spotlights one Giants player every day for a week. We’ll move backwards and forwards through time, look at on the field stuff, off the field stuff, and see if we can learn something new about them. Here’s part 2 of our look at Brandon Belt.
Brandon Belt might not be on a career home run pace that guarantees a spot in the Hall of Fame, and he’s not especially known for his home run distance, but by gum, when this goofy giraffe puts a charge into a baseball, he really does a number on it.
Thanks to Statcast, here are the longest home runs of his career in the Statcast era (since 2015):
2018 — April 19th: 429 ft vs. Zack Greinke
Pitch: 83.8 mph slider | Exit velocity: 104.8 mph
2017 — April 21st: 456 ft vs. Tyler Chatwood
This one is actually the second in this highlight package, which you ought to consider a bonus because it shows extra Giants home runs ... from last season, but still. Dingers.
Pitch: 94.7 mph 4-seam fastball | Exit velocity: 105.9 mph
Pitch: 82.9 mph splitter | Exit velocity: 102.8 mph
2015 — May 22nd: 475 ft vs. Kyle Kendrick
Pitch: 83.8 mph changeup | Exit velocity: 106.9 mph
These all have a theme: in parks that now use humidors. What none of them have in common is that they happened in the 18th inning of the NLDS.
Who knows how many he’ll wind up with when his career’s over, but he’ll always have this one.
LOL. Belt says sometimes he watches replays of the 18th inning homer as a little "dig me sesh" to make him feel better about himself.— LOLKNBR (@LOLKNBR) March 14, 2016