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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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R.A.Wagman

I think special consideration for trot of the day should go to Aaron Hill, who finally popped his first tater on the year - a Grand Slam that gave the Jays a big 5-1 lead that would not be relinquished. After his fairly quick trot, he got back to the dugout, where manager John Farrell greeted him with a smile and a phrase that could be easily lip-read "It's about fu(&en time".
Also of note was that the next batter, Edwin Encarnacion, followed up Hill with his first tater of the year, made more notable by its having been hit with pitcher Ricky Romero's bat.

May 30, 2011 09:30 AM
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monkey

As an A's fan, I miss watching Rosy run those bases after a homerun. Hurry back!

May 30, 2011 11:05 AM
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Llarry

Happ hit the home run for Houston, but it was *Arizona* that won the game 4-2.

May 30, 2011 12:49 PM
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jhardman

J.A. Happ Strat owners rejoice! "N" power.

May 31, 2011 06:35 AM
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ChrisCalo1

"...the Cardinals/Braves game had only one video feed..." - Making Reds fans happy with this one.

May 31, 2011 15:18 PM
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BP staff member Larry Granillo
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Why do I do that?! Those teams must be cataloged in my brain by uniform color, or something...

May 31, 2011 17:38 PM
 
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