April 1, 2011
Tater Trot Tracker
Trot Times for March 31
I hope you have enjoyed the week's countdown to Opening Day and our inaugural Tater Trot Tracker post (hey! that's this one!). I had a lot of fun breaking down the Tater Trot Tracker into so many different aspects. If you missed any of the posts, feel free to go back and give them a look: a look at some of of 2010's best trots; a breakdown of the average tater trot in chart form; defining a "tater trot"; looking at Duane Kuiper's lone home run in 3,000+ at-bats in order to more fully understand the home run; and finally a breakdown of some of history's best home runs, including a 75-year-old Luke Appling, Sadaharu's Oh's 756th home run, and Bo Jackson's famous timeout home run.
But the season is now upon us and it's time for our daily Tater Trot Tracker posts. As was the case last year, these posts will run down the "home run of the day" as well as the quickest and slowest trots around the league. Seeing as how we can expect 20-40 home runs on a nightly basis, this means that some home runs are bound to be skipped over here in the posts. If you saw something worth commenting on, whether I wrote about the home run or not, please chime in with it. I watch every home run, but that doesn't mean I recognize every moment for what it is.
Remember, every home run around the league is watched and timed, from the moment the bat touches the ball to the moment the foot touches the plate. If trots are stopped for whatever reason (e.g., instant replay or confusion on the basepaths), the trot is considered "unmeasurable". If a camera angle does not give good view of home plate, I make every effort to find an alternative. It usually works well. Archives from last year can be found at TaterTrotTracker.com.
Now, on with the trots!
Home Run of the Day: Ramon Hernandez, Cincinnati Reds - 24.91 seconds [video]
Slowest Trot: Ramon Hernandez, Cincinnati Reds - 24.91 seconds [video]
Quickest Trot: Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers - 17.06 seconds [video]