April 12, 2012
Tater Trot Tracker
Trot Times for April 11
The rest of Wednesday’s trots will come later in the afternoon. In the meantime, the night’s quickest home run was just too exciting not to share immediately. Angels fans will probably know why.
UPDATED with the rest of Wednesday's trots. While Bourjos provided the excitement for Angels fans watching their team in Minnesota, there was plenty to cheer about for other teams. Nate Schierholtz hit a pair of home runs for the Giants in a losing cause, Nick Swisher hit a tenth-inning go-ahead homer for the Yankees, Alex Gordon put himself on the board for Kansas City, and even Minnesota's Josh Willingham hit his third blast of the year. It was a good day for home runs.
Now let's get to the rest of those trots!
Home Run of the Day: Peter Bourjos, Los Angeles Angels – 14.26 seconds [video]
Wednesday night, Bourjos proved his tremendous speed once again. On a near home run to left field, Bourjos' fly ball took a sharp bounce off the wall while Minnesota left fielder Josh Willingham took a hard thud off the wall. Willingham fell to the warning track while the ball bounced far onto the outfield grass. Meanwhile, Bourjos, who ran hard out of the box, had begun to slow down as he rounded first base. When the ball got away from Willingham, he put on the jets. There were two runners on base already, but thankfully they too were running hard. Vernon Wells touched home at 6.79 seconds, with Chris Iannetta about five seconds behind him. By that time, Bourjos had already rounded third and the cutoff man was only barely receiving the ball. The race between the ball and the speediest Angel was never in doubt. Bourjos' hook slide touched home plate 14.26 seconds after his bat touched the ball.
It's a testament to his great speed that Peter Bourjos was able to make the third fastest trot ever recorded somehow look slow. The only man between the two fastest Bourjos trots is Tony Campana, who sped home on his own inside-the-park home run last August in 14.21 seconds (for his first career home run!). But, not unlike Usain Bolt slowing down in the 100m dash, we’ll never know exactly how fast Bourjos could have made his trot if only he had run as hard as possible for the full 360 feet.
Slowest Trot: Jonny Gomes, Oakland Athletics - 27.07 seconds [video]
Quickest Trot: Peter Bourjos, Los Angeles Angels – 14.26 seconds [video]
All of Today's Trots Jonny Gomes..........27.07 Jon Jay..............20.81 Billy Butler.........24.64 Curtis Granderson....20.57 AJ Pierzynski........24 Clint Barmes.........20.48 Josh Willingham......23.34 Elvis Andrus.........20.43 Nate Schierholtz #2..23 Brandon Crawford.....20.33 Travis Hafner........22.31 George Kottaras......20.15 Nick Swisher.........22.1 Alex Gordon..........20.14 Shelley Duncan.......22.06 Chris Denorfia.......19.57 Ian Kinsler..........21.94 Jason Heyward........19.52 Nate Schierholtz #1..21.84 Alejandro De Aza.....19.12 JD Martinez..........21.71 Peter Bourjos........14.26 Carlos Ruiz..........21.1