I detailed this about as much as it could be detailed in this post from last night. I had some serious deliberations about whether I’d consider Scott’s hamstrung home run trot as the slowest trot of the year, or if I should somehow discount it because of his injury. But discounting it didn’t seem fair. He never stopped running, and there was nothing else that happened during the trot to throw it away like I’ve done for hits called home runs upon review (or when someone like Paul Konerko or Marco Scutaro gets confused and stops at one of the bases until things are cleared up). As you can see, I’ve made sure to denote that it was an injured trot, but that’s not keeping him off the leaderboard. Big Papi should be excited about that.
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Beyond Scott’s 35-second trot (which will have a hard time being topped), there were a few rather lengthy trots on Wednesday. Vladimir Guerrero‘s grand slam (26.92 seconds) and two Kansas City Royals – Billy Butler (26.43 seconds) and Jose Guillen (26.22) – all broke the 26-second barrier. Guerrero’s second homer also clocked in at 25.25 seconds. There were no shortage of slow trots across the league.
There was a bit of a shortage of quick trots, though. Thankfully, Joey Votto was there to pick things up. His sixth-inning solo blast gave us a very nice to see 17.23 second trot. His teammate Jay Bruce came in with the second quickest trot of the day, at 19.36 seconds.
It should probably be noted that Votto’s trot was better than half the time of Scott’s. With an injury like that, though, it’s hard to blame the guy. Now, Papi’s 30-second trot, on the other hand…