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April 11, 2011
Tater Trot Tracker
Trot Times for April 10
It was a great day for baseball, especially here in the upper Midwest, where we had the first truly warm day of the year. The roof was open at Miller Park, for example, and any time that can happen in early April is a blessing. There were also a full slate of great games around the league yesterday, and, more importantly, a full slate of terrific home runs.
So let's stop blathering and get to the trots!
Home Run of the Day: Jim Thome, Minnesota Twins - 23.97 seconds [video]
Similarly, the Diamondbacks walked away a winner against the Reds on Sunday after their topsy-turvy game finally tilted in Arizona's favor for good following Chris Young's eighth-inning, three-run blast. Each shot could easily be the Home Run of the Day, but, for today at least, both must bow down to Jim Thome and his incredible power.
Thome's blast ended up meaning nothing - an eighth-inning shot in a 5-1 ballgame - but it was just too massive not to celebrate. The two-out pitch was hit so hard by Thome that sailed to straight-away center and up-and-over the twenty- or thirty-foot batter's eye. It was an absolute marvel, and deserves to be watched over-and-over again. Somehow, it was estimated at only 444 feet.
Slowest Trot: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers - 25.92 seconds [video]
Quickest Trot: Nick Hundley, San Diego Padres - 19.89 seconds [video]
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