April 12, 2011
Tater Trot Tracker
Trot Times for April 11
These are the home run days I love. Not too many home runs, but an incredibly wide variety of interesting homers and trots. I'd say more, but that would just spoil the rest of the post.
Let's get to the trots!
Home Run of the Day: Sam Fuld, Tampa Bay Rays - 19.71 seconds [video]
Big Papi has been a favorite of the Tater Trot Tracker since last year, when he showed the world just how unique his home run trot is (in 2010, Papi had ten of the fourteen slowest trots in all of baseball). So, when he legs out a triple the way he did Monday night, even if it's due to a poorly played ball by B.J. Upton, he deserves to be noticed for it. Watch the highlight. There is not a single moment in that clip that Papi wasn't running hard. Indeed, those final 90 feet or so as he rounded second looked like a freight train. Nice work, David.
And, for those interested, Papi's triple took him 13.61 seconds. For comparisons sake, I timed triples from Bengie Molina and Jim Thome last year. Molina's came as part of a cycle, and clocked in at a whopping 14.67 seconds. Thome was a bit quicker than both Ortiz and Molina, reaching third in 13.08 seconds.
Slowest Trot: Pat Burrell, San Francisco Giants - 29.03 seconds [video]
How did Burrell trot so slowly? The biggest reason is that the home run clanged off the foul pole. These are the homers that no one knows is going out or not because they could so easily go fair or foul. Foul pole shots almost always see the batter stay at the plate for a moment, watching the ball sail out. Burrell definitely did this, but it's not all. He reached first base in about nine seconds, after all, which is fairly standard. All I can say is that, for whatever reason, Burrell slowed considerably down between second and third and again between third and home. It's just one of those things, I guess.
Quickest Trot: Chris Heisey, Cincinnati Reds - 17.75 seconds [video]
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