Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits again with 493-foot home run

ESPN News ServicesJuly 1, 2023, 12:00 AM ET2 minute reading

493-foot HR! Shohei Ohtani was the undisputed winner at number 30

Shohei Ohtani is hot in right with his 17th homer (30th overall) of June, a 493-foot dinger.

Another day, another jaw-dropping moment Shohei Ohtani.

On Friday night in Los Angeles, the Angels’ two-way star hit his 30th home run, and did it in powerful fashion — a 493-foot shot to right field, the longest of his major league career. Longer than any player in the major leagues this season.

The solo shot came in the sixth inning off Arizona Diamondbacks starter Tommy Henry and continued a torrid stretch for the Japanese sensation. He now has 15 home runs in June (including five this week alone), tying the Angels single-month record set by Thursday. He also tied Babe Ruth (1930 Yankees), Bob Johnson (1934 A’s) and Roger Morris (1961 Yankees) for the AL mark in June.

Ohtani joined Sammy Sosa (1998) as the only players in major league history to hit 30 home runs and 10 stolen bases in a season before July. And he became the fourth player in American League history to hit 30 home runs before July, joining Ken Griffey Jr., Chris Davis and Babe Ruth.

All three of Ohtani’s longest homers have come at Angel Stadium. His previous best was a 470-foot drive from Kansas City’s Kris Bubic in 2021.

Ohtani finished 1 for 2 with a pair of walks on Friday night as the Angels dropped their third straight, 6-2.

Information from ESPN Stats and Information and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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