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April 18, 2011

Tater Trot Tracker

Trot Times for April 17

by Larry Granillo

No time for chit chat as I impatiently await next week's episode of Game of Thrones. Let's get to the trots!

Home Run of the Day: Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians - 20.5 seconds [video]
Matt Kemp hit a walkoff home run for the Dodgers last night in Los Angeles. The blast was punctuated by an appropriately excited home run call from Vin Scully. For Dodger fans, Kemp's homer was easily the Home Run of the Day.

I, however, am handing the title out to Cleveland's Grady Sizemore. Sunday afternoon was Sizemore's first time in the Indians' lineup since May 16, 2010. In only his second at-bat of the game, Sizemore connected for this blast to rightfield to help extend Cleveland's lead. That sight has to be even more thrilling to Cleveland fans than even Kemp's walkoff was to Los Angeles fans.

Slowest Trot: Jorge Cantu, San Diego Padres - 25.57 seconds [video]
This blast off of Houston's Brett Myers was Jorge Cantu's first home run as a member of the Padres. The team had been waiting so long for him to connect, he must have figured, that they wouldn't mind waiting an extra few seconds before he crossed the plate. That's the only reason I can find to explain his slow-moving trot.

Quickest Trot: Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves - 18.57 seconds [video]
Last year, when Jason Heyward got off to his hot start, I was very excited because, included in that start, was a tendency to sprint around the bases. As the season wore on, his home run sprints cooled down some, though he would show an occasional knack for it. It's always nice, then, to see Heyward atop the day's leaderboard for quickest trot. Feels like old times.

(Remember: I am running an experiment over the next couple of weeks. If you're interested in Tater Trot Tracker commentary during the day, follow the Tater Trot Tracker on Twitter at @TaterTrotTrkr. We'll see how it goes. You can also follow me at @Wezen_Ball.)

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