Tater Trot Tracker: Division Series, Day 2

Texas Rangers catcher Bengie Molina (R) is congratulated by third base coach Dave Anderson after his solo home run on a fourth inning pitch by Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price during their American League Division Series MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Scott Audette (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Man, stuff really has gotten in the way of my posting so far this week. With the busy weekend and then the out-of-town conference for work, I just haven’t had a chance to update everything here on the site. You can definitely expect a year-in-review Tater Trot Tracker post in the next couple of days. I have clocked all the home runs from that final weekend of the year – I just need to get the thing written.

I’ll also be doing regular updates of the Tater Trot Tracker throughout the playoffs. On nights when I can, I may even do the post live. You can consider this post a first (tardy) attempt at that. And since I didn’t get yesterday’s trots up, I’ll include them here.

Let’s get started:

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Reds vs. Phillies

Game 1
No home runs hit. Roy Halladay deserves to be mentioned anyway – you just can’t mention the Doc enough.

Rangers vs. Rays

Game 1
Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays – 18.68 seconds (Season average: 19.37 seconds)
Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers – 23.24 seconds (Season average: 22.67 seconds)
Bengie Molina, Texas Rangers – 24.8 seconds (Season average: 26.11 seconds): Gotta say, with the reaction I saw on Twitter, I expected something much worse than this. This was actually Bengie’s single fastest trot of the year!

Game 2
Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers – 21.5 seconds (Season average: 22.82 seconds)
Michael Young, Texas Rangers – 17.79 seconds (Season average: 18.35 seconds): Michael Young is sincerely underrated when it comes to his home run trots.

Minnesota Twins Orlando Hudson runs the bases after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees in the sixth inning during Game 2 of their MLB American League Divison Series baseball playoffs in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 7, 2010. REUTERS/Andy King (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Yankees vs. Twins

Game 1
Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees – 22.12 seconds (Season average: 21.91 seconds): Home runs that flirt with the foul pole seem to be give you a slightly slower tater trot because the batter often stands for a minute waiting to see what the ball does. Teixeira didn’t seem to let it bother him.
Michael Cuddyer, Minnesota Twins – 19.4 seconds (Season average: 20.91 seconds)

Game 2
Lance Berkman, New York Yankees – 21.58 seconds (Season average: 23.41 seconds)
Orlando Hudson, Minnesota Twins – 17.7 seconds (Season average: 18.76 seconds): The Twitter world went crazy over O-Dog’s trot, as expected. I didn’t expect it to live up to the hype, especially when I saw just how quick Young’s trot was earlier today. Surprisingly, Hudson’s trot turned out to be even quicker. Very nice to see.

Braves vs. Giants

Game 1
No home runs in this game.

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.