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Video: Mike Stanton destroys Mike Minor


On Monday night, Mike Stanton belted not one, but two of his most impressive bombs of the 2011 season at home against Mike Minor and the Atlanta Braves.  While he hasn’t hit the 50 home runs that I had hoped for (he will next year), Stanton’s power has been every bit as advertised; of his 34 home runs, 26 have traveled over 400 feet.

According to ESPN Home Run Tracker (formerly Hit Tracker Online), Stanton has hit five balls over 450-feet, and 15 of his gargantuan blasts have been classified as “no-doubters.”  Thanks to and their wise decision to allow the use of their videos, here are Stanton’s tape-measure shots from Monday night at Dolphins Stadium.

Perhaps it’s the astonishing lack of attendance and background noise, but the sound of Stanton striking the ball just sounds different than everyone else.

True Distance: 408 ft.

True Distance: 461 ft.

Golden Sombrero: Jason Pridie

Top 1: Jason Pridie struck out swinging against Brandon Beachy

Top 3: struck out swinging against Beachy

Top 4: struck out swinging Beachy

Top 7: grounded out to second base against Eric O’Flaherty

Top 9: struck out swinging against Craig Kimbrel

Final Line: 0-for-5, 4 K

Notes: Pridie collected his first golden sombrero of the 2011 season – and first of his career – on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves.  Although the Mets won, he contributed absolutely nothing towards the win by fanning four times and committing an error in center.

Total 2011 Sombreros: 118

Golden Sombrero: Brian McCann

Bottom 1: Brian McCann struck out swinging against Nate Eovaldi

Bottom 4: walked against Eovaldi

Bottom 6: struck out swinging against Eovaldi

Bottom 8: struck out swinging against Kenley Jansen

Bottom 10: struck out swinging against Javy Guerra

Final Line: 0-for-4, BB, 4 K

Notes: The Braves’ All-Star catcher recorded his first golden sombrero of the 2011 season on Saturday against the Dodgers.  A slew of Dodger pitchers held the Braves offense in check, as they were able to push across one run on seven hits in the 10-inning loss. Despite missing time due to a strained oblique, McCann still has dropped 23 bombs this season, and should surpass his career high of 24 with ease.

Total 2011 Sombreros: 105




Golden Sombrero: Michael Bourn

Top 1: Michael Bourn struck out swinging against Chris Capuano

Top 4: Bourn struck out swinging against Capuano

Top 7: Bourn struck out swinging against Capuano

Top 9: Bourn struck out swinging against Capuano

Final Line: 0-for-4, 4 K

Notes: On Friday night against the Mets, Bourn struck out to lead off the game and ended it in the same manner.  Capuano had the best outing of his career, as the left-hander fired a two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts and no walks.  I’m not sure what the official total is (don’t worry, I’ll look it up for the next one), but there have probably been about 10 sombreros out of the leadoff spot this season.  And while I have your attention, I feel as though it’s necessary to point out that The Golden Sombrero is the proud sponsor of Michael Bourn’s Baseball-Reference page.

Total 2011 Sombreros: 98

Golden Sombrero: Lyle Overbay

Top 2: Lyle Overbay struck out swinging against Derek Lowe

Top 4: Overbay struck out swinging against Lowe

Top 6: Overbay struck out swinging against Arodys Vizcaino

Top 8: Overbay struck out swinging against Jonny Venters

Final Line: 0-for-4, 4 K

Notes: Overbay’s golden sombrero against the Braves on Friday was just another day for the aging first baseman. Owner of a career 18.5% K%, Overbay’s ISO currently sits at a career-low .122.

Total 2011 Sombreros: 93