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Is Hanley Ramirez hitting the baseball even harder than Yasiel Puig?
“The machine says he does,” Manager Don Mattingly said. “It comes off harder.”
Ramirez’s home run on Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants was batted at 115.1 mph, according to ESPN Home Run Tracker.
The ball traveled from Ramirez’s bat to the left-field foul pole in 2.97 seconds. No home run in the majors this season has left the field of play as quickly.
The blast wasn’t even Ramirez’s hardest-hit home run of the season. That distinction falls to a 116.7 mph monster he hit three days earlier in San Diego.
Ramirez also hit a home run at Yankee Stadium that was clocked at 112.1 mph.
Puig’s hardest-hit home run came off his bat at 107.9 mph.
“I’m just swinging hard and the ball’s coming hard off my bat,” Ramirez said.
Ramirez said his left shoulder, on which he underwent a major operation near the end of the 2011 season, is feeling stronger.
“It’s getting looser,” he said.
Ramirez said the last time he felt this comfortable at the plate was in 2009, when he won the National League batting title.
“When you have that confidence, when you don’t have anything holding you back, when you don’t have any pain, you’re going to produce on the field,” Ramirez said. “It feels good right now. I have to keep doing my shoulder program. I have to stay on top of it.”