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Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 3:14 pm

I've sat in the second deck of the Rogers Centre.

Back then in the 1990s it was known as the SkyDome. The name may have changed but the distance hasn't.

C.J. Cron knows just how far it is.

The Mountain Pointe product hit his first major-league home run an estimated 468-feet in his 22nd at bat since being called by up Los Angeles Angels.

The right-hander smacked the 2-1 pitch to left-center field of Toronto left-hander J.A. Haap in the Angles' 5-3 win on May 10.

"When he hit it, I got the chills because he crushed it pretty good," Angel's bench coach Dino Ebel said of Cron's powerful blast after the game. "It was great to see him get that head out and put it in the stands."

Cron didn't wait long for this second career shot, connecting in his next game, also against the Blue Jays on May 12.

"The first one’s always pretty stressful, so it was nice to get that out of the way," Cron told the Salt Lake Tribune. "Hopefully there’s many more of them."

Cron, 24, cooled down since then as he was in the midst of a 2-for-18 stretch through May 20.

Overall, the first baseman/designated hitter Cron was hitting .283 (13 for 46) with four runs, six RBIs, seven strike outs and no walks.

He was hitting .319 with six home runs and 26 RBIs in 113 at-bats in Triple-A when the Angels moved third baseman David Freese to the disabled list and gave Cron the call.

Cron seems to be playing well enough to stick in the big leagues when Freese and Josh Hamilton return from injuries.

Only time will tell; until then he will soak up as much as he can.

"It’s about as good as it’s advertised," he said of life in the majors. "It’s what we all strive to be as baseball players, so once we get the opportunity … it’s just fun to be out there."

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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