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May 30, 2011

Tater Trot Tracker

Trot Times for May 29

by Larry Granillo

I know everyone is anxious to get out to their grills for some hot dogs and beer, so I won't keep you waiting.

Let's get to the trots!

Home Run of the Day: David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox - 24.45 seconds [video]
For only the fourth time in his career, David Ortiz hit a pinch-hit home run. Also for only the fourth time in his career, David Ortiz trotted out a 24-second trot.

I kid, I kid. Papi busts out a quick trot every now and then, and it's nice to see it come on Sunday, after a late-inning, go-ahead, pinch-hit bomb. Very appropriate.

Houston starter J.A. Happ hit his first career home run on Sunday, coming in at a league-average 22.06 seconds. The Astros would win the game 4-2. The home run hit by Jay Bruce was not measurable. Being the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game, the Cardinals/Braves game had only one video feed, and that feed chose not to show Bruce touching home plate. What a shame.

Slowest Trot: Ramon Castro, Chicago White Sox - 25.06 seconds [video]
For all intents and purposes, the 25.06 second trot from Castro and the 25.03 second trot from Brayan Pena are indistinguishable. Castro get the honors of being called Slowest Trot, though.

Quickest Trot: Michael Young, Texas Rangers - 17.42 seconds [video]
I've said it before, but it's always nice to see Young bust out a super-quick trot. He's not exactly Adam Rosales-consistent, but he's pretty close.

In the three game series between the Royals and Rangers in Texas this weekend, the two teams combined for 16 home runs (six on Friday and five each on Saturday and Sunday). That park is quite the launching pad.

 

All of Today's Trots

Ramon Castro........25.06      Ian Kinsler.........21.52
Brayan Pena.........25.03      Justin Smoak........21.05
Edwin Encarnacion...25.01      Carlos Quentin......21.02
David Ortiz.........24.45      Colby Rasmus........20.89
Aramis Ramirez......24.08      Raul Ibanez.........20.83
Josh Willingham.....23.15      Nick Swisher........20.58
Mike Cameron........23.13      Andy Dirks..........20.51
Nelson Cruz.........23.05      Jon Jay.............20.26
John Jaso...........22.5       Mike Napoli.........20.23
Rafael Furcal.......22.08      Aaron Hill..........20.16
J.A. Happ...........22.06      Dustin Pedroia......19.37
Corey Patterson.....21.97      Martin Prado........19.13
Brennan Boesch......21.72      Michael Young.......17.42
Mark Trumbo.........21.61      Jay Bruce...........N/A

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