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April 2, 2013

Tater Trot Tracker

Trot Times for April 1

by Larry Granillo

Opening Day is finally in the books and the 2013 season is underway! What a long cold (and then warm and then cold again) winter it has been. But spring is finally in the air and baseball is on our doorstep for the next six-plus months. Can't complain about that.

Things are a bit different this year, of course. The Astros kicked off the season Sunday night by hosting their new American League rivals the Texas Rangers. The Reds welcomed the new season on Monday by hosting the Los Angeles Angels in the first-ever Opening Day interleague game. It's all merely decoration, though. Like arguing if Nirvana belongs on the classic rock station alongside Led Zeppelin. It's still the music you want to listen to right now.

At the Tater Trot Tracker, the deep tracks that we want to hear take us on a long, strange trip around the bases. Let's get to the trots!

Home Run of the Day: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers - 19.16 seconds [video]
Here is how Clayton Kershaw's day went on Monday: He was facing off against the defending world champion San Francisco Giants and Matt Cain, the Giants ace who tossed a perfect game last season. Over nine innings, Kershaw struck out seven batters while walking none. Cain might have been even better, striking out eight in only six innings of work, but the Giants replaced him in the seventh. When Kershaw came to bat in the bottom of the eighth, the game was tied. One pitch later, Kershaw sent the ball into the wind and over the center field fence at Dodger Stadium. It was only his second career extra-base hit and first career home run. The Dodgers would tack on three more runs, but that solo blast was all they would really need. Kershaw ended up with the complete game shutout and the game-winning home run. Not a bad day.

Slowest Trot: Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies - 23.1 seconds [video]
The Rockies went deep three times against the Brewers on Monday, including a ninth-inning blast from Dexter Fowler to tie the game up after they squandered the lead that this fifth-inning blast from Gonzalez had given the club. It was the 100th home run of Gonzalez's career. At 23.1 seconds, it wasn't all that long (chances are a 23-second trot will be the slowest of the day maybe once more all season) but it wasn't helped by the small strut Gonzalez took out of the box.

Quickest Trot: Bryce Harper #1, Washington Nationals - 17.61 seconds [video]
Before Clayton Kershaw decided to take everything into his own hands, this home run from Harper seemed liked the obvious choice for Home Run of the Day. On the second pitch of the season to the 20-year old, Harper connected for his first home run, a long fly ball that carried over the right field wall. In typical Harper fashion, he sprinted it out to the tune of 17.61 seconds (so fast, in fact, that the MASN television cameras didn't know quite what to do). With Harper owning the two quickest trots of 2012, though, we know that the trot could have been even faster. Harper's day continued in his second at-bat, when he hit his second home run of the season. At 18.96 seconds, that trot felt considerably slower than the first despite being the second quickest trot of the day.

Considering the red hot spring Bryce Harper had and his amazing performance on Opening Day, we might be in for a special season from the Nationals' phenom.

 

All of Today's Trots

Carlos Gonzalez...23.1
Chris Iannetta....21.53
Dexter Fowler.....21.4
Freddie Freeman...21.2
Dan Uggla.........21.14
Troy Tulowitzki...20.78
Anthony Rizzo.....20.51
Rick Ankiel.......20.45
Yonder Alonso.....20.36
Justin Upton......19.94
Tyler Flowers.....19.93
Chase Utley.......19.63
Norichika Aoki....19.43
Clayton Kershaw...19.16
Bryce Harper #2...18.96
Bryce Harper #1...17.61
Collin Cowgill....n/a

Click here for the ongoing 2013 Tater Trot Tracker Leaderboard. You can also follow @TaterTrotTrkr on Twitter for more up-to-the-minute trot times.

Related Content:  Trot Times,  Home Run Trots,  Home Run Trot

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ScottyB

n/a? No one recorded or timed Cowgill's grand slam?

Apr 02, 2013 08:02 AM
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BP staff member Larry Granillo
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Sorry. I should have mentioned that in the post above. Cowgill stopped at third during his tater trot for a moment before he realized it was called a home run. The rules of the Tater Trot Tracker say that the trot must be continuous to be tracked. Stopping on the bases throws the times off too much.

Apr 02, 2013 08:21 AM
 
JoeTetreault

Happiness is a TaterTrotTracker post.

Apr 02, 2013 09:28 AM
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BP staff member Larry Granillo
BP staff

Thanks!

Apr 02, 2013 13:31 PM
 
caseyatthebat1

Two questions: Did it seem that there was an abnormally low number of home runs hit on opening day? and second, did you catch the should've been inside the parker by Maxwell in the Opening night game? He thought he had a homerun and started out with a slow trot but it bounced off the wall and he ended with a stand up triple.

Apr 02, 2013 09:44 AM
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BP staff member Larry Granillo
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There were sixteen home runs on Monday in thirteen games. On average, that's a little less than you'd expect, but home runs are always harder to hit early in the season. And it's a pretty cold spring so far, which affects it even more. Basically, I wasn't too surprised to see that there were only 16 home runs, but I wouldn't be too surprised to see 25 or 30 either.

Just watched the Maxwell triple. It's close. He made it to third in 14 secs, which would have certainly been lower if he was running hard out of the box. But the ball got to the cutoff man before Maxwell got to third (let's say 13 seconds). An inside the parker is typically a 15-sec affair, which makes it hard to know if he could have made it. it's unlikely that he spent more than 2 secs in the box (the video doesn't show), which means he would have been only a second ahead of the ball. Hard to see someone being sent when the play is that close.

Apr 02, 2013 13:46 PM
 
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