Last week Ryan Mountcastle became the fastest Baltimore Orioles player to hit 50 career home runs. In honor of that, we break down his top-5 homers so far.
During the Baltimore Orioles series up in Toronto, Ryan Mountcastle not only crushed three homers over the four-game series but also drove himself into the O’s history books. Unless you’re an Orioles fan, you might see Mounty as a player who flies under the radar. However, he is anything but; he just needed the chance to outshine his other M&M brothers finally.
After finishing 6th in the AL Rookie of the Year race in 2021, Mountcastle was poised for a massive year this year, and so far, he has not disappointed anyone. Follow along, as we break down our favorite home runs so far in his young career.
No.5 Getting number 50
Mounty came into the Blue Jays series three homers behind the 50 mark. Three games later he was there because he just loves hitting rockets out of the Rogers Center. After hitting his first of three during game No.2, he poked out two long balls, with the last one hitting just under 420 ft. This result may have sparked this conversation, so it’s only fitting that it leads the list off.
Baltimore Orioles: Ryan Mountcastle’s top-5 Homeruns
No.4 The Grandest of them all
Every time a young slugger makes it to the bigs, the topic begins to focus on when he will get his first grand slam. For Ryan, it was on May 22nd of last year. It happened in a slugfest loss to the Nationals, but Mountcastle still got his. It didn’t take long either because his gland slam occurred in the first inning. Talk about getting the stress monkey off your back right away.
No.3 Threes company
Grand slams are fun, but have you ever hit 3-home runs in a game? Maybe for you and me, we can while playing The Show, but Ryan Mountcastle did it once again against the Jays. Just a month later, in 2021, Mounty put on a show, unfortunately in another O’s loss. He totaled up 1,181 feet worth of home runs that day and immediately added to his legacy with the Baltimore Orioles.
No.2 Opening his HR account
In just his 8th career Major League game, Ryan Mountcastle did was no one had done since Manny Machado in 2012. He hit his first and second career home runs in the same game, tallying 840 feet in total. Can you guess what team it was against?
No.1 Breaking Cal’s Rookie Record
The Baltimore Orioles rookie home run record was held by none other than Cal Ripken Jr. since 1982. Well before most of us were born, especially Ryan Mountcastle. Not only did he break Cal’s record, but he got the O’s the win in a walk-off fashion. Mounty blasted a 438-footer deep into the night, the record books and Orioles’ hearts everywhere.
Ryan Mountcastle is quickly becoming a fan favorite and very well could become the face of the Baltimore Orioles franchise. Which of his 50 home runs is your favorite? Let us know, and keep watching because he is a long way from being done with hitting big flies.