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June 30, 2011

Tater Trot Tracker

Trot Times for June 28

by Larry Granillo

Tuesday night was not a friendly night for your humble Tater Trot Tracker. With 44 home runs hits around the league, it was a bit slow-going. But that's what happens when you commit to watching every home run in the majors. Sometimes there are a lot.

Let's get to those trots.

Home Run of the Day: Wily Mo Pena, Arizona Diamondbacks - 21.24 seconds [video]
Oh Wile E. Mo. The two-run walkoff was notable. The very excited trot was even better (especially considering Pena's size). But what made this home run beyond perfect was what Pena did at the start of the at-bat. At some point, Pena is going to get into a slump, but it sure is fun watching him in the meantime.

Slowest Trot: Jack Cust, Seattle Mariners - 26.08 seconds [video]
There are some players where it seems impossible to expect any kind of quick trot from them. As if we were asking them to shapeshift into a cheetah or something. Billy Butler is one. Juan Rivera is another. Jack Cust is definitely a third. Pat Burrell (25.34 seconds) and Carlos Beltran (25.33 seconds) had the two next-quickest trots.

Quickest Trot: Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers - 18.07 seconds [video]
Seven of the 44 home runs came in under 20-seconds, which is pretty good. Jackson's trot was almost exactly one full second quicker than the next fastest, though. Josh Hamilton came in at number two, with a 19.06 second trot.

 

All of Today's Trots

Jack Cust.............26.08   Edwin Encarnacion #2..21.51
Pat Burrell...........25.34   Wily Mo Pena..........21.24
Carlos Beltran........25.33   Dan Uggla.............21.14
Jason Bay.............24.9    Corey Patterson.......21.08
Mark Teixeira.........24.56*  Lou Montanez..........20.99
Matt Holliday.........23.74   Miguel Tejada.........20.94
Jeff Francoeur........23.55   Andrew McCutchen......20.83
Aramis Ramirez........23.34   Laynce Nix............20.75
Edwin Encarnacion #1..23.32   Evan Longoria.........20.67*
Jose Bautista.........23.18   Alexei Ramirez........20.47
Carlos Santana........23.08   Andy Dirks............20.4
Koyie Hill............22.89   Josh Thole............20.38
Ian Kinsler...........22.67   Kelly Johnson.........20.28
Erick Aybar...........22.55   Luke Hughes...........20.28
Mitch Moreland........22.32   Jay Bruce.............20.24
Colby Rasmus..........22.17   Johnny Damon..........19.71
Shane Victorino.......22.14   J.J. Hardy............19.64
Ichiro Suzuki.........21.79   Domonic Brown.........19.62
Carlos Pena...........21.75   Vernon Wells..........19.59
Nick Swisher..........21.65   Alex Presley..........19.22
Aaron Miles...........21.63   Josh Hamilton.........19.06
Hank Conger...........21.56   Austin Jackson........18.07

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