Trot Times for April 13, 2014

Busiest day of the season so far. With a full slate of Sunday games (and apparently some nice weather around the country), hitters slugged 42 home runs throughout the majors yesterday. Thankfully, a few of them were pretty special.

One special trot not included below comes from Class A West Viriginia. Second-baseman Erich Weiss, of the West Virginia Power, hit an inside-the-park grand slam on Sunday! Sadly, there doesn’t appear to be any video of it. If only…

Let’s get to the trots!


Home Run of the Day: Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants – 22.66* seconds [video]
The swing was glorious. The bat drop even more so. The ball sailed down the line as Crawford watched to see if it would land fair or foul. And then it splashed down in McCovey Cove. A walkoff splash hit for the Giants! It’s the kind of thing fans dream of.

Slowest Trot: Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers – 27.9 seconds [video]
Four straight games with a home run for Gonzalez. Apparently it hasn’t taught him how to run the bases any quicker, however. The next slowest trot on Sunday was from Mike Napoli, who circled the bases three-seconds quicker than Gonzalez (at 24.66 seconds).

Quickest Trot: Chris Heisey, Cincinnati Reds – 17.05 seconds [video]
Erich Weiss had the best grand slam of the day, but Heisey wasn’t too far behind. Despite having the bases full of runners, Heisey hustled home on his trot and touched home in only 17.05 seconds. And that’s even considering his slow down in the last 30 feet as Heisey became in danger of passing the runner in front of him. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Heisey’s shot was the quickest grand slam trot (in the majors) since the Tater Trot Tracker began.

All of Today's Trots

Adrian Gonzalez....27.9    Brett Lawrie.......22.18
Mike Napoli........24.66   Juan Uribe.........22.17
Yoenis Cespedes....24.41   Michael Brantley...22.15
Wilin Rosario......24.38   Colby Rasmus.......22.01
Freddie Freeman....24.11   Ian Stewart........21.99
Matt Wieters.......24.07   Justin Upton.......21.64
Josh Donaldson.....23.68   Carlos Beltran.....21.51
Adam LaRoche.......23.67   Devin Mesoraco.....21.36
Jose Bautista......23.4    Albert Pujols......21.27
Andrelton Simmons..23.37   Hank Conger........21.2
Ryan Howard........23.32   Mike Trout.........21.12
Eric Chavez........23.11   Alexei Ramirez.....21.11*
Pablo Sandoval.....23.09   Justin Morneau.....20.89
Jedd Gyorko........23.09   Marcus Semien......20.79
Garrett Jones......22.69   Raul Ibanez........20.7
Brandon Crawford...22.66*  Ben Zobrist #2.....20.54
Anthony Rizzo......22.65   Xavier Nady........20.52
Matt Kemp..........22.56   Josmil Pinto.......20.5
Chris Davis........22.5    Chase Utley........19.68
Mark Trumbo........22.48   Ben Zobrist #1.....18.97
Joey Votto.........22.25   Chris Heisey.......17.05

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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.

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