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Yankees 2015 season review: Longest home runs at Yankee Stadium

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Yankee Stadium has seen a lot of home runs over the years, and a lot of them have gone very, very far. The park has a reputation for being somewhat of a homer dome and 2015 was no different when Yankees fans saw 219 dingers leave the field of play, second only to Camden Yards in Baltimore. If we took a look at the five furthest home runs hit at Yankee Stadium this season, we'd see that it's not just the Yankees who took advantage of the venue's dimensions–though it might not have mattered where they were playing when it came to these bombs.

9/27: Avisail Garcia vs. Justin Wilson

The fifth longest home run at the stadium this year came off the bat of Avisail Garcia of the Chicago White Sox on September 27th. Garcia had just entered the game in the seventh inning as a pinch hitter for right fielder J.B. Shuck. The home run traveled 436 feet, which was one of only three home runs Justin Wilson allowed all year.

This was late in the season and the Blue Jays had already overtaken the Yankees in the AL East standings by four games with less than ten to go. New York would go on to win the contest 6–1 on the back of a five-hit, no-run, six-inning start from Luis Severino. This game also features a Dustin Ackley home run during his torrid month of September, as well as two hits from Greg Bird and Slade Heathcott.

8/26: Evan Gattis vs. Adam Warren

On August 26, the Yankees were still only two games behind the Blue Jays in the standings. Unfortunately for them, Michael Pineda allowed five runs on six hits in only 4.1 innings before being yanked in favor of the bullpen. New York was never able to make much of a comeback, striking out 10 batters and limiting the offense to two runs on five hits in the 6–2 loss.

Meanwhile, the Yankees were manhandled by Evan Gattis, who hit two home runs on the day–one off Pineda in the second, and the other off Adam Warren in the eighth for a 438 footer. Gattis collected six hits, three home runs, six RBI, and two walks over the three-game series that the Yankees lost just when Toronto was beginning to separate themselves in the division race. Gattis didn't do the Yankees any favors.

10/1: Rob Refsnyder vs. Heath Hembree

One of the last series of the season gave us the third furthest home run at Yankee Stadium of the year. At this point, the Red Sox were already looking toward next year, which is why some guy named Heath Hembee was pitching. He allowed a 439-foot home run to second baseman Rob Refsnyder, as he continue to make his case for a place on the playoff roster. This was his second dinger of the season and it was an impressive feat for someone just trying to keep a job.

That night Carlos Beltran, Greg Bird, and Rob Refsnyder all went deep against the Sox, and even though it was a pretty meaningless game, it was still nice to see. The Yankees won 4–1 behind a solid, albeit short, start from CC Sabathia, and Adam Warren put in another one of his three-inning relief efforts on the way to victory. Sadly, this would be the team's last win of the season, as well as CC's last start before entering alcohol rehab a few days later.

8/5: David Ortiz vs. Luis Severino

On August 5, Luis Severino made his major league debut. At this point, the Yankees were still in first place in the AL East by 4.5 games, but a hard-luck 2–1 loss didn't make anything better. He allowed only two hits and one earned run while striking out seven in five innings, but he was the victim of a David Ortiz 441-foot home run after missing his spot very badly.

This was the game where the Yankees offense managed very little off knuckleballer Steven Wright for eight innings and then soon after had to face R.A. Dickey and might have sent the offense into a funk they never recovered from. August proved to be a disastrous month for New York, and despite the positive contributions of prospects like Severino and Bird, they would go on to lose the division.

7/22: Alex Rodriguez vs. Kevin Gausman

Everything was going well for the Yankees at this point in the season. They were in first place by 5.5 games, Alex Rodriguez was still hitting, and Mark Teixeira didn't break his leg yet. On this night, A-Rod hit his 20th home run of the season off Orioles starter Kevin Gausman for a 453-foot bomb. The right-hander missed his spot and the pitch ended up right over the plate. Watch Caleb Joseph's reaction once Rodriguez made contact. So sad.

It was a weird night for the Yankees because Ivan Nova was actually good and Andrew Miller allowed only his fifth home run of the season. A-Rod went on to struggle in the month of August, but he ultimately managed to hit 33 dingers on the season. He took this one deep.

The Yankees hit only four of the 10 longest home runs at Yankee Stadium this year, so it would seem that New York pitching got victimized a little too often when it came to tape-measure shots.