Rafael Devers Hit The 4th Shortest Home Run Ever Recorded And Nobody Thought It Was Legit

Rafael Devers Red Sox

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The Boston Red Sox fell 7-6 to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday to remain in last place in the hyper-competitive AL East where the Tampa Bay Rays hold the best record in all of baseball.

Third baseman Rafael Devers did his best to keep the Red Sox in the game when he hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 4th inning. Rafael Devers hit another home run in the 10th inning but it wasn’t enough for the W.

What made Devers’ homer in the 4th so special is the Pesky Pole and Fenway Park’s unique configuration. At just 311 feet, Rafael Devers‘ home run became tied for the 4th shortest homer in MLB history, or at least since advanced stats on that have been kept.

The dinger was so short that nobody thought it was a dinger and it was’t until the umpires reviewed the hit that it was determined to be a HR.

MLB’s Savant keeps track of the shortest homers in MLB history. At 302 feet, Lorenzo Cain’s dinger holds the record for the shortest followed by 307 feet, 310 feet, and three players (including Rafael Devers) tied with 311 feet homers.

Devers hit his homer off an 89.4 MPH pitch from Chase Anderson.

This is ONLY a home run at Fenway Park and only because of the near-ancient configuration of that ballpark:

Dan Gartland of SI’s Extra Mustard called it “one of the shortest home runs you’ll ever see.”

Rafael Devers had another 2-run homer in the 10th inning, giving him a total of 17 on the season so far which is tied for 8th most in the MLB. New York’s Pete Alonso leads the majors with 22 home runs this season followed by Shohei Ohtani with 20.