It's a shame we'll never know how hard Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle and some of baseball's most fearsome hitters were able to hit their home runs, but the technology simply wasn't there at the time.
However, the technology to measure exit velocity does exist now, and thank goodness it does, because Giancarlo Stanton put it to good use at the World Baseball Classic on Saturday night.
During Team USA's 6-3 victory over the Dominican Republic (the tournament's defending champions), Stanton unleashed every ounce of his power on one Ervin Santana pitch.
In the below video, Stanton hits the no-doubter and immediately begins to admire/celebrate his monster home run that gave the U.S. a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth inning:
Though the home run, which smashed into the building well beyond the left-field wall, was impressive enough on its own, it becomes even more incredible when you consider that it left the Miami Marlins star's bat at 117.3 miles per hour, making it the fourth-hardest home run ever hit.
Incredibly, Stanton already owns the top-two hardest-hit homers, smacking one that left his bat at 119.2 mph on June 23, 2015, and one that had an exit velocity of 118.5 mph on April 23, 2015, according to Statcast.
Adding to the mystique of Stanton's blast is the fact that he hadn't started in Team USA's previous two games. Stanton told ESPN.com that he did his best to stay ready in case his name was called:
"That was the toughest part, without playing a couple days and understanding we've got to put the best guys out there who are feeling the best, too," Stanton said. "So you've got to lock it in ASAP and just get ready to go."
Clearly, Stanton is one of the most powerful players ever to play the game, and his home run on Saturday night was a big reason Team USA was able to advance to the championship round, which begins on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Team USA will take on Japan in the semifinals at Dodger Stadium, where the Japanese squad knocked the U.S. out of the 2009 edition of the tournament.
When all is said and done at the WBC, win or lose, Stanton and his mighty bat will return to Florida, where he'll join his teammates for the remainder of spring training. Last season, Stanton crushed 27 home runs and had 74 RBI for the Marlins despite being limited to only 413 at-bats and 119 games because of injuries.
One thing is certain, though - when Stanton is healthy, he can absolutely scorch a baseball, as he's proven time and time again.
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