Tater Trot Tracker: August 27

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake swings on a pitch, but connected for a grand slam home run during the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 27, 2010 in Denver. Los Angeles and Colorado are still in the National League Wild Card race. UPI/Gary C. Caskey Photo via Newscom

Home Run of the Day: Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds #3 (Trot Time: 21.28 seconds) [video]

There were a few pretty good games, home run-wise, throughout the league yesterday, but none were better than Jay Bruce. He finished off the night going 3-for-3 with 3 home runs and 5 RBIs. Even better, none of his three trots were slower than 22.01 seconds. That means, in his three trots, he was hardly on the basepaths for more than 60 seconds. That’s how it should be done.


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Slowest Trot: Victor Martinez, Boston Red Sox #2 – 28.67 seconds [video]

Another great home run game, Victor Martinez is just a little different than Jay Bruce. In Martinez’s two home runs, he spent a total of 54 seconds on the basepaths. The second slowest home run trot of the night belonged to Adam LaRoche, who crushed an absolute bomb into McCovey Cove. That was a fun one to watch (video).


Quickest Trot: Logan Morrison, Florida Marlins – 17.74 seconds [video]

It’s always nice to see a player enjoy his first career home run. Florida’s Logan Morrison managed his first career homer in the first inning of last night’s game (the second of a back-to-back pair with Cameron Maybin to lead off the game) in 125 career plate appearances and he didn’t waste any time rounding the bases. The next quickest trot belonged to Cincinnati’s Chris Valaika, who was also celebrating his first career home run. He managed his trot in only 19.57 seconds, though.

Larry Granillo

About Larry Granillo

Larry Granillo has been writing Wezen Ball since 2008 and has dealt with such touchy topics as Charlie Brown's baseball stats and Ferris Bueller's day off. In 2010, he got the bright idea to time every home run trot in baseball; he has been missing ever since.