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Because Hit Tracker is my new favorite toy:

-Adrian Beltre has hit the longest Mariner home run of the season, at 415 feet (April 29th)

-Richie Sexson has hit the longest Mariner home run when you standardize the conditions by removing various atmospheric influences, at 423 feet (April 4th)

-The ball that Sexson hit for that same home run also left the bat with the greatest initial velocity of any Mariner longball all season, at 119.3 mph

-Carl Everett's May 9th home run was hit at an angle of 51 degrees above horizontal, whereas Sexson's April 4th bomb was a line drive, just 23.4 degrees up. As a result, Everett's fly ball topped out at 170 feet above the field, while Sexson's only reached 64.

-Kenji Johjima's April 4th home run lost 33 feet of distance due to wind, while Jose Lopez's bomb on April 11th gained 34.

-While Felix has allowed the longest home run of the season for any Mariner pitcher (428 feet, April 13th), standardizing the conditions gives Gil Meche an incredible 450-footer on April 17th, courtesy of David Ortiz. Three of the five longest "standardized" home runs allowed by Seattle arms came have come off Meche.

-A homer allowed by Jarrod Washburn on April 21st left the bat at 119.0 mph, the fastest of any opposing home run so far this season.

-Somehow, Joel Pineiro allowed a longball to Joe Crede that left the bat just 20.7 degrees above horizontal. It topped out at 50 feet high.

-The "slowest" home run Mariner pitchers have allowed so far this year was hit by Travis friggin' Hafner, of all people (99.3 mph). This ball gained 46 feet of distance due to wind. A home run Hafner hit the next day gained 49 feet.

Man, I'm a dork.