Tater Trot Tracker: July 7

Washington Nationals' Adam Dunn is congratulated by third base coach Pat Listach after hitting a homerun against the San Diego Padres during the third inning at Nationals Park in Washington on July 7, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

A forty-seven home run day gives us a three-homer game, a walkoff, an inside-the-park home run, and a near-record tater trot… it was a pretty exciting day all-around.

Home Run of the Day: Adam Dunn, Washington Nationals #2 (Trot Time: 24.9 seconds) [video]

I refuse to believe that this was Adam Dunn‘s first career three-homer game. It’s much more likely that MLB and its associates are keeping the secret of his first (few?) three-homer games in some sort of giant Iowa Baseball Confederacy-type of conspiracy. It’s the only logical explanation.

This was actually a pretty speedy home run trot day for Dunn, with this final homer the slowest of three. His other two clocked in at 23.79 seconds and 21.79 seconds.

Colorado’s Chris Iannetta hit a walkoff home run for the Rockies, as they came back in the ninth inning against the Cardinals for the second night in a row.


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Slowest Trot: Carlos Lee, Houston Astros – 25.64 seconds [video]

Did I mention that there were 47 home runs hit last night? The 42 homers on Tuesday were already a league-high for home runs in a day, and then we get stuck with even more on Wednesday. Must’ve been something to do with the weather.

Regardless, with so many home runs hit across the league, you’d think we’d see some extremely slow trots, but that wasn’t the case yesterday. This 25.64 second trot from Carlos Lee was the only trot over 25-seconds on the night. Dunn’s third homer, mentioned above, and a 24.98 second trot from Mike Cameron were the next slowest.


Quickest Trot: Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays – 16.45 seconds [video]

An inside-the-park home run from Toronto’s Jose Bautista was the quickest trot of the day. Minnesota’s outfielders seemed to do their best to get out of the way of the ball, and it allowed Bautista to round the bases at his top speed. The 16.45 second trot ties him with Aubrey Huff for the slowest inside-the-parker trot of the year.

More notably, Cincinnati’s Chris Heisey hit a ball over the fence against the Mets last night and sprinted around the bases in 16.85 seconds, less than half-a-second slower than Bautista’s inside-the-parker [video]. This makes Heisey the first person not named Adam Rosales to run out a true home run in less than 17 seconds. From his first career homer earlier this year, I knew I liked that kid.

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.