Trot Times for April 22, 2014

An Angels fan sitting in center field at Nationals Park yesterday caught Pujols’ historic 500th career home run. A class act, this fan wanted nothing in return for the ball and even helped to get the family of another fan who almost caught the ball in line to meet Pujols after the game. It’s hard not to love a selfless story like that, but I always wonder what I would have done in the same situation. I know I’d give the ball back, but I suspect I’d ask for a jersey or a bat or two. If only I had the chance to test my theory out…

Now let’s get to the trots!

Home Run of the Day: Albert Pujols #2, Los Angeles Angels – 26.33 seconds [video]
We covered this in depth last night. Five hundred home runs is still a pretty great thing to see no matter how common it’s become in recent years. Even better, though, is that Pujols seems to have reached the milestone while re-finding his stride, as Ben Lindbergh describes. For someone who was on the verge of being one of the greatest players of all time, it’s a welcome sight.

Slowest Trot: David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox – 28.06 seconds [video]
Hitting the longest home run in the American League in nearly two years? There’s only one thing to do in a situation like that: strut.

Quickest Trot: Tuffy Gosewisch, Arizona Diamondbacks – 19.31 seconds [video]
Hitting your first career home run on the same night that Albert Pujols reaches #500. That’s got to be a good sign, right?

All of Today's Trots

David Ortiz........28.06    Brian Dozier.......22
Nelson Cruz........26.88    Jason Castro.......21.81
Albert Pujols #2...26.33    Matt Dominguez.....21.22
Chris Carter.......24.8     Chase Headley......21.16
Adam Dunn..........24.62    Scooter Gennett....21.13
Albert Pujols #1...23.86*   Chris Colabello....21
Edwin Encarnacion..23.65    Troy Tulowitzki....20.99
Miguel Cabrera.....23.43    Hunter Pence.......20.94
Melky Cabrera......23.14    Mike Olt...........20.83
Mike Napoli........22.81    Nolan Arenado......20.32
Carlos Beltran.....22.6     Andrew McCutchen...20.01
Mike Moustakas.....22.25    Brett Lawrie.......19.65
Jose Abreu.........22.22    Tuffy Gosewisch....19.31
Justin Smoak.......22.13

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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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