Tater Trot Tracker: September 24

San Francisco Giants left fielder Pat Burrell (R) celebrates in the dugout after hitting the game-winning two-run home run during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 24, 2010 in Denver. The Giants maintained their NL West division lead with a 2-1 win over the Rockies.    UPI/Gary C. Caskey Photo via Newscom

Sorry for the late post today…

Home Run of the Day: Pat Burrell, San Francisco Giants (Trot Time: 24.59 seconds) [video]

I know I’ve put a lot of Giants’ players up here recently, but, until they stop hitting home runs to help them win important games, I don’t have much choice. Jose Bautista did hit two home runs yesterday to get up to 52 on the year, and Alex Rodriguez did hit two homers to catch and surpass Sammy Sosa on the all-time home run list, but Pat Burrell deserves the nod for hitting a two-run home run in support of Tim Lincecum‘s brilliant start. The Giants would end up beating the Rockies 2-1. They continue to lead the Padres by a half-game in the West.


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Slowest Trot: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers – 25.46 seconds [video]

There were 32 home runs hit across the league last night (with 8 alone in the Yankees/Red Sox tilt), but no single trot came in as all that slow. Miguel Cabrera walks away with the slowest trot of the day at 25.46 seconds. There were four other trots in the 24-second range.


Quickest Trot: Willie Harris, Washington Nationals – 15.38 seconds [video]

Considering just how many inside-the-park home runs we’ve had this year, it’s definitely been a while since our last one. According to my list on the right, our last inside-the-parker was on August 16, when Jose Bautista beat out a play by the A’s. Of course, that inside-the-parker was officially ruled a standard-variety home run after the game, so it may not count. If not, the last true insid-the-parker was on August 7, when Rickie Weeks pulled it off against the Astros. Willie Harris‘ inside-the-parker last night, which only happened thanks to the confusion of Braves centerfielder Nate McLouth after the ball bounced off the wall, is either the 18th or 19th of the year, depending on your interpretation. His 15.38 second trot time puts him square in the middle of the road in the list.

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.