Coors Field Home Runs: Who Hit The Longest, And Who Hit The Most

DENVER (CBS4) – The Rockies’ 10-game home stand has seen plenty of long (long) balls. The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hit a pair of 470 feet-plus bombs, and the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton hit one 478 feet (or 484 feet, according to ESPN).

Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins celebrates his solo home run off of Eddie Butler #31 of the Colorado Rockies with Justin Bour #48 of the Miami Marlins as the Marlins take a 3-0 lead in the third inning at Coors Field on June 5, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins celebrates his solo home run off of Eddie Butler #31 of the Colorado Rockies with Justin Bour #48 of the Miami Marlins as the Marlins take a 3-0 lead in the third inning at Coors Field on June 5, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

But what’s the longest home run in Coors Field history?

Troy Tulowitzki says three come to mind that he’s seen (he adds he only likes to remember home runs by the Rockies).

– Carlos Gonzalez on July 31, 2010 vs. Chicago Cubs: a walk-off, third-decker to complete the cycle.
– Cory Dickerson on Aug. 23, 2014 vs. Miami: another shot to the right field third deck.
– Matt Holliday on Sept. 19, 2006 vs. San Francisco Giants: home run into the concourse against Matt Cain.

Matt Holliday #5 of the Colorado Rockies swings at the pitch during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field in September of 2006 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Matt Holliday #5 of the Colorado Rockies swings at the pitch during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field in September of 2006 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Holliday’s concourse blast was measured at 498 feet by ESPN’s Hittracker, which makes it the longest at Coors Field by some accounts.

LINK: Who Has Hit The Longest Home Run At Coors Field In The Hittracker Era?

But measuring home runs is not an exact science, and somehow Holliday’s doesn’t even make the Top 10 list kept buy the Rockies.

Walt Weiss remembers the official No. 1.

“Unfortunately our bullpen coach (Darren Holmes) gave up one to Mike Piazza that went to the concourse in center field,” Weiss recalled. “That is the longest one I’ve seen in a game … but don’t tell (Holmes) I told you that.”

Mike Piazza in 1997 (credit: Todd Warshaw/Allsport/Getty Images)

Mike Piazza in 1997 (credit: Todd Warshaw/Allsport/Getty Images)

Here’s the official list:

1. Mike Piazza (Dodgers) – 496 feet (Sept., 26, 1997)
2. Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins) – 494 feet (Aug. 17, 2012)
3. Larry Walker (Rockies) – 494 feet (Aug. 31, 1997)
4. Barry Bonds (Giants) – 492 feet (Aug. 27, 2002)
5. Sammy Sosa (Cubs) – 490 feet (Aug. 10, 2002)
6. Barry Bonds (Giants) – 488 feet (Sept. 9, 2001)
7. Andres Galarraga (Rockies) – 487 feet (Aug. 28, 1997)
8. Larry Walker (Rockies) – 483 feet (June 22, 1999)
9. Ray Lankford (Cardinals) – 483 feet (May 19, 1996)
10. Jim Edmonds (Cardinals) – 482 feet (April 4, 2001)

Bonds’ 26 Coors Field home runs are the most for an opposing player, while Todd Helton’s 227 are the most all time. Add them all up, and over 4,000 dingers have been hit at 20th & Blake.

Todd Helton #17 of the Colorado Rockies hits his second three-run home run of the game for his 2,499th career hit in the seventh inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field on August 30, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies beat the Reds 9-6. Helton hold the Rockies record for the most home runs (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Todd Helton #17 of the Colorado Rockies hits his second three-run home run of the game for his 2,499th career hit in the seventh inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field on August 30, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies beat the Reds 9-6. Helton hold the Rockies record for the most home runs (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

But then there are the home runs that live in batting practice lore. Tales of seeing baseballs crushed over the Toyota Truck in left, smashed into the new party deck in right, or slammed off the scoreboard in center.

“I saw Mark McGwire go off the facing of the Rock Pile,” Weiss claims. “As we sit here (in the dugout) and look it doesn’t seem possible, but I was there and I saw it.”

McGwire, now a Dodgers hitting coach, was informed of Weiss’ claim and laughed.

Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts to just missing a home run 06 July during the 1998 Major League home run derby at Coors Field in Denver, CO. McGwire hit four home runs but didn't make the final round. Ken Griffey Jr. of the Seattle Mariners won the event. (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts to just missing a home run 06 July during the 1998 Major League home run derby at Coors Field in Denver, CO. McGwire hit four home runs but didn’t make the final round. Ken Griffey Jr. of the Seattle Mariners won the event. (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

“Well in BP those don’t count,” McGwire joked. “But batting practice was certainly fun at Coors Field.”

Home Run Derby home runs also don’t technically count, but McGwire had the longest during the 1998 derby — 510 feet, according to the ESPN broadcast — which is the longest (on video) that we could find.

Mark Haas is CBS4’s weekend sports anchor and sports reporter. Read his bio or follow him on Twitter @markhaastv or on Facebook.

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