Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday: Fifth Deck Home Runs at the Rogers Centre


When it comes to home runs, I think most players and fans alike would agree it doesn’t matter how high or how far the ball goes, just so long as the ball leaves the yard. But every so often, it’s nice to sit back and admire a moon shot, right?

Aside from the Level of Excellence, the Rogers Centre (affectionately remembered as the Skydome for most) is home to another esteemed club; and that is those who have hit home runs into the fifth deck.

It’s a a very exclusive club, one that only 13 players belong to since the Skydome first opened in 1989. For this week’s Flashback Friday, we look back at the members of the “500 Level Club” at the Rogers Center.

First and foremost, a big thanks to Ken Kosowan who helped provide the data for all the players who have hit home runs into the fifth deck at the Rogers Centre. Here is a full list of all the sluggers below:

Oct 7 ’89Jose CansecoOaklandTorontoMike Flanagan480 -LF
Jul 25 ’96Mark McGwireOaklandTorontoHuck Flener488 -LF
Jul 27 ’96Joe CarterTorontoOaklandJohn Wasdin483 -LF
Jul 19 ’98Carlos DelgadoTorontoNew YorkAndy Pettitte467 -RF
Sep 25 ’98Jose CansecoTorontoBostonBret Saberhagen451 -LF
Apr 12 ’99Jose CansecoTampaTorontoGraeme Lloyd459 -LF
Apr 22 ’99Shawn GreenTorontoAnaheimTim Belcher449 -RF
Jun 3 ’01Manny RamirezBostonTorontoChris Carpenter491 -LF
Apr 17 ’02Raul MondesiTorontoBostonDarren Oliver456 -LF
Aug 29 ’02Josh PhelpsTorontoNew YorkRoger Clemens455 -LF
Jul 7 ’04Josh PhelpsTorontoSeattleRuben Mateo435 -LF
Jul 28 ’04Gary SheffieldNew YorkTorontoMiguel Batista440 -LF
Sep 16 ’04Vernon WellsTorontoBaltimoreRodrigo Lopez445 -LF
Jun 27 ’09Jayson WerthPhiladelphiaTorontoBrad Mills448 -LF
May 31 ’11Shelly DuncanClevelandTorontoJo-Jo Reyes446-LF
Apr 20 ’13Edwin EncarnacionTorontoBostonJon Lester427-LF

In total, eight Blue Jays have launched a baseball into the fifth deck: Joe Carter, Carlos Delgado, Jose Canseco, Shawn Green, Raul Mondesi, Josh Phelps, Vernon Wells, and most recently Edwin Encarnacion.

Jose Canseco alone has hit bombs into the fifth deck three times; once as a member of the Oakland A’s in 1989, once in 1998 as a member of the hometown Blue Jays, and then again the following season with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Now, to see the names in table is one thing, but to truly appreciate the grandiouseness of these towering home runs, you really do have to see the replay. Unfortunately, I could only find video of a few of them, but that makes them all the more impressive.

First off, it’s Jose Canseco’s 480 foot home run off Mike Flanagan in Game 4 of the 1989 ALCS. The fact that this home run came in the postseason definitely ups the ante for greatness.

And then we have which still stands as the longest home run ever hit at the Rogers Centre/Skydome. Traveling a whopping 491 feet total, here’s Manny Ramirez’ tape measure shot off a young Chris Carpenter.

Even the Blue Jays fans that day tipped their cap to Manny as they cheered his near 500 foot shot into the then tarped-off fifth deck of the Rogers Centre.

Of course I would be remissed if I didn’t include the most recent member of the 500 Level Club, Edwin Encarnacion. It seems odd that this home run “only” went 427 feet, but it still managed to reach the fifth deck, and is the first man to do so since 2011.

In the future, it might be cool if the Blue Jays did something similar like what the Orioles have done with home runs that have reached Eutaw Street, and commemorate them each with some sort of plaque in the stands.

Once again, thanks to Ken Kosowan for the assistance with the data. Image courtesy of the Ballpark Guide.

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Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the ALDS to his son for the next 20 years.



  1. Hired Goon

    September 27, 2015 - 8:48 pm

    Imagine if Edwin was on the juice like most of these earlier roid monkeys were.

  2. Ando

    June 4, 2016 - 6:19 pm

    Ken Griffey Jr did it, too, to right centre field. Check youtube.

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