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Analysis? Who needs it? Let’s take some time to appreciate some of the truly great home runs of this early season.

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So far this season, we have wondered if juiced balls are real, or what else might be causing the home run phenomenon, or if fly balls are for everyone. While we were doing that, some great home runs have been hit. So, why don’t we take some time and appreciate them for the things of beauty they are, in an early season look at the dinger superlatives.

Top six home runs by exit velocity

There was a tie so you get some extra-dinger action!

Aaron Judge 119.4 mph

Joey Gallo 116.1 mph

Mark Trumbo 115.7 mph

Giancarlo Stanton 115.6 mph

Joey Gallo 115.6 mph

Aaron Judge 115.6 mph

Bottom five home runs by exit velocity

Josh Reddick 88.8 mph

Jared Hoying 89.6 mph

Kris Bryant 89.9 mph

Jose Altuve 90.2 mph

Victor Martinez 90.3 mph

Three highest home runs by launch angle

Paul Goldschmidt 46.934 degrees

Daniel Robertson 45.129 degrees

Chris Davis 43.662 degrees

Three lowest home runs by launch angle

Justin Smoak 15.211 degrees

Aledmys Diaz 15.951 degrees

Yasiel Puig 16.01 degrees

Longest home run of the season by distance

Jake Lamb 481 feet

Furthest home runs inside or outside from a right-handed batter

Trey Mancini 1.3859 feet from the center of the zone, or 8.1303 inches inside

Mike Trout 1.302 feet from the center of the zone, or 7.124 inches outside

Furthest home runs inside or outside from a left-handed batter

Gregory Polanco 1.285 feet from the center of the zone, or 6.92 inches inside

(This also broke up Zack Greinke’s no-hit bid.)

Ian Happ 1.4327 feet from the center of the zone, or 8.6924 inches outside

The home runs hit from the highest and lowest points

Mark Trumbo 4.566 feet from the ground

Yan Gomes 0.8839 feet from the ground, or 10.6 inches

Anthony Rescan is a Featured Writer at Beyond the Box Score. You can follow him on Twitter at @AnthonyRescan.