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April 30, 2011

Tater Trot Tracker

Trot Times for April 29

by Larry Granillo

Thirty-nine home runs were hit Friday night. It's time like these I wish I could hire 20 interns to do my work for me. Sheesh.

Let's get to the trots!

Home Run of the Day: Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks - 24.17* seconds [video]
Technically Prince Fielder's home run was longer (see the video - make sure to watch for the popcorn) and Carlos Santana's was more dramatic (walkoff grand slam, but we'll be talking about that in a minute), but I feel compelled to give the Home Run of the Day to Justin Upton. Every time he connects on a ball, it is an absolute monster of a blast. I don't know how long it's going to take, but, soon enough, he's going to be a national star. I'm betting it happens well before he blows away the competition in his home town Home Run Derby.

Slowest Trot: Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians - 25.55 seconds [video]
You can't really fault a guy for having the slowest home run of the night when his was a game-winning, walkoff grand slam. It came at the end of a topsy-turvy night that saw the Indians tie it up at 5 with two home runs in the seventh inning. It's hard not to love Santana's trot, with his twinkle-toes performance right before jumping onto the plate.

Quickest Trot: Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves - 18.17 seconds [video]
Jason Heyward's a bit of a puzzle. On any given home run, he can break out an 18-second trot like on Friday, but you often see him in the 20-22 second range too even with no one on base. It's all on a whim, I guess. The only other quick trotter I can think of who is a bit inconsistent like that is Josh Hamilton.

 

All of Today's Trots

Carlos Santana......25.55	  Mark Trumbo.........21.7
Miguel Cabrera......25.39	  Jose Bautista.......21.65
J.P. Arencibia......25.38	  Ryan Howard ........21.48
Justin Upton........24.17*        Alfonso Soriano.#2..21.46
Matt Wieters........24.08	  Laynce Nix..........20.96
Prince Fielder......23.94	  Matt LaPorta........20.94
Ryan Howard #1......23.93	  Matt Joyce..........20.8
Robinson Cano #2....23.34	  Jeremy Hermida......20.72
A.J. Pierzynski.....23.32	  Jay Bruce...........20.66
Mike Cameron #1.....23.3	  Brent Lillibridge...20.62
Alfonso Soriano #1..23.12	  Yuniesky Betancourt.20.59
Asdrubal Cabrera....23.08	  Andrew McCutchen....20.57
Geovany Soto........22.88	  Jason Pridie........20.16
Mike Cameron #2.....22.83	  Garrett Jones.......20.14
Robinson Cano #1....22.66	  Luke Scott..........19.79
Nate McLouth........22.57	  B.J. Upton..........19.4
Matt Kemp...........22.55	  Luke Hughes.........19.36
Juan Uribe..........22.49	  Ryan Braun..........19
Ike Davis...........22.46	  Jason Heyward.......18.17
John Buck...........21.97

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