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May 3, 2012
Tater Trot Tracker
Trot Times for May 2
An absolutely wild day in baseball for home runs (and everything else, really). Not only did we have two home runs helping Jered Weaver take a big 9-0 lead en route to his first career no-hitter, we also had wackiness everywhere. Four different players hit two home runs last night, including Chris Johnson and Kyle Seager. Three different players hit walkoff home runs, including
Like I said, it was a pretty good night around baseball. Let's get to the trots!
Home Run of the Day: Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves - 28.97 seconds [video]
And then there was the trot. Chipper's a bit slow as it is (with his lack of knees and all) and the thrilling walkoff gave him a chance to admire the view before heading around the bases. It was looking like we might see the first 30-second trot of the year as he rounded second 15 seconds into his trot, but he sped up a bit as he approached his teammates at home. Chipper's final step onto home plate with his left foot came 28.97 seconds after making contact with the ball. It is the slowest trot of the season so far this year by nearly a second (see the leaderboard).
For those who remember Tim Hudson's home run last season, Chipper took virtually the same amount of time to round the bases (28.99 seconds for Hudson vs. 28.97 seconds for Chipper).
Slowest Trot: Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves - 28.97 seconds [video]
Jason Giambi had a roughly average trot, somewhere in the 23-second range. However, with only one channel broadcasting the game, the camera cut away from Giambi while he was the plate. Therefore, we cannot get a trot time for Giambi's walkoff. Carlos Beltran's second home run also has no trot time. The ball was initially ruled a double on the field, but replay overturned it. Because Beltran stopped at second, he cannot be counted here.
Quickest Trot: Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins - 19.12 seconds [video]
All of Today's Trots Chipper Jones......28.97 Edwin Encarnacion..20.75 Carlos Ruiz........27.13 Justin Upton.......20.61 Travis Hafner......26.35 Wilin Rosario......20.43 Kendrys Morales....25.24 Carlos Gonzalez #2.20.37 Carlos Santana.....24.96 Carlos Gonzalez #1.20.31 Adam Dunn..........24.23 Chris Johnson #2...20.08* Nick Markakis......24.06 Sean Rodriguez.....19.99 Bryan LaHair.......23.5 Kyle Seager #2.....19.88 Carlos Beltran #1..22.62 Howie Kendrick.....19.47 Ian Stewart........22.4 Kyle Seager #1.....19.43 Luke Scott.........21.88 Ian Desmond........19.37 Matt Wieters.......21.34 Giancarlo Stanton..19.12 Brandon Snyder.....21.17 Brennan Boesch.....N/A Kelly Johnson......21.08 Jason Giambi.......N/A Brian McCann.......20.88 Carlos Beltran #2..N/A Chris Johnson #1...20.81