Athletics

Robert's moonshot vs. A's longest HR at Coliseum in Statcast era

Athletics

It wasn't the start the A’s had hoped for facing the Chicago White Sox in Game 3 of the AL Wild Card Series on Thursday.

Sox rookie Luis Robert made his presence known with authority, crushing a solo home run deep to left-center field to give Chicago an early second-inning lead.

But wasn't just any home run. This one went 487 feet, the longest home run at the Oakland Coliseum since the Statcast era began tracking in 2015. 

It also measured at a 112.2 mph exit velocity and was the second-longest homer in MLB this season. 

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Robert had been riding a slump throughout the regular season, but was a highly-touted power prospect heading into 2020. That could be due to the fact that MLB pitchers were adjusting to him in his first season, but every time he would swing, he would do it with confidence.

That was quite apparent on that second-inning swing.