April 18, 2012
Tater Trot Tracker
Trot Times for April 17
I don't know what we'd be talking about today if it wasn't for the Red Sox/Rangers game in Fenway on Tuesday. While the league as a whole combined to hit 30 home runs on the night, those two teams combined for eight of them by themselves. Texas' Mike Napoli led everybody with his two blasts. Other big home runs were hit - Hanley Ramirez, Jose Bautista, Josh Willingham all had notable home runs, for example - but nothing could match what happened in Boston.
Let's get to those trots!
Home Run of the Day: Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers - 24.03 seconds [video]
As you can see from this screengrab, Hamilton's home run landed only a few rows above the access tunnel in the rightfield bleachers.
And here's the rightfield bleachers, empty of all fans. Williams' seat should be visible a few blocks of rows below the Ford sign. I've marked the approximate place Hamilton's home run landed. Williams' home run is roughly 16 or 20 rows higher up. And while we know that 16 or 20 rows is a lot, actually seeing it really helps drive that home.
What we should take from this isn't that Josh Hamilton didn't hit a long home run. He did. Second longest of the year so far. It's that Ted Williams hit a frickin' huge home run.
Slowest Trot: Hanley Ramirez, Miami Marlins - 26.33 seconds [video]
It must be noted that Ramirez's incredibly slow time is only the slowest on the night by a few milliseconds. Texas' Mike Napoli, in his second home run of the night, rounded the bases in 26.02 seconds. That can only be partially explained by the time he spent waiting for the ball to land fair or foul. Boston's Adrian Gonzalez had the third slowest trot of the night at 25.28 seconds.
Quickest Trot: Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox - 18.89 seconds [video]
All of Today's Trots Hanley Ramirez...26.33 Josh Willingham..21.75 Mike Napoli #2...26.02 Nick Hundley.....21.69 Adrian Gonzalez..25.28 Adam Lind........21.63 Nelson Cruz......24.17 Andruw Jones.....21.31 Mike Napoli #1...24.07 Vernon Wells.....21.26 Josh Hamilton....24.03 Daric Barton.....21.17 Matt Joyce.......23.73 John Jaso........21.08 Carlos Santana...23.71 JJ Hardy.........20.88 Andre Ethier.....23.04 Garrett Jones....20.79 Carlos Beltran...22.61 Michael Young....20.73 Dexter Fowler....22.45 Brett Lawrie.....20.55 Juan Francisco...22.38 John McDonald....20.53 Nolan Reimold....22.32 Hunter Pence.....20.16 Adrian Beltre....22.16 Mat Gamel........19.55 Jose Bautista....22.11 Dustin Pedroia...18.89