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May 10, 2011
Tater Trot Tracker
Trot Times for May 9
I was at Miller Park for the home debut of Zack Greinke last night. It was a fantastic experience, with Greinke mowing down Padres like nobody's business and Rickie Weeks hitting a laser of a home run. But it was the defensive gem of Yuniesky Betancourt that really charged the crowd up. It sure was something (and Rickie Weeks' barehand catch was a huge part of it).
But enough of that. We want some tater trots!
Home Run of the Day: Hunter Pence, Houston Astros - 23.94 seconds [video]
I originally debated giving Pence a time. My policy is that, if a player interrupts his trot (e.g., when he stops at second because he thinks the ball is still in play), I won't count the time. It just doesn't seem like I'm timing an actual trot there. Pence, however, continued moving forward during his full trot, even as he turned towards the umpire. Because of that, his trot time will remain.
Slowest Trot: Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers - 28.25 seconds [video]
It should be noted here that Mitch Moreland's home run came in with an unclockable time. Both broadcast feeds used the same camera angles, cutting away from Moreland when he was still 20 feet from the plate and not returning until well after he was past it. He may be our first unusable trot of the year.
Quickest Trot: Chris Iannetta, Colorado Rockies - 19.8 seconds [video]
All of Today's Trots Victor Martinez...28.25 Alexei Ramirez....21.19 Carlos Quentin....25.2 Travis Wood.......21.07 Ramon Hernandez...24.81 Rickie Weeks......20.94 Hunter Pence......23.94 Gordon Beckham....20.51 Josh Willingham...23.94 Jimmy Rollins.....20.26 Gaby Sanchez......23.15 Chris Iannetta....19.8 Yunel Escobar.....22.99 Mitch Moreland....UN