The Dodgers – and Adrian Gonzalez – didn’t play on Thursday, so you can be forgiven for thinking that maybe the Tater Trot Tracker took the day off. But never worry. Alex Rodriguez to the rescue!
Let’s get to the trots.
Home Run of the Day: Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees – 23.34 seconds [video]
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that no other ballplayer ever took 567 days between their 654th home run and 655th. That’s the unique domain of Yankees
punching bagthird baseman Alex Rodriguez, whose home run last night was his first since September 20, 2013. The trot only lasted 23.34 seconds (a bit speedy for A-Rod, to be honest), but I’m sure it felt more like 48,988,800.
Slowest Trot: Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers – 25.5 seconds [video]
This one wasn’t Choo’s fault. A wall-scraper from the get-go, the two runners on base when Choo went deep both had to wait to make sure the ball was out before advancing on the bases. Choo got stuck behind the two runners on his trip home, leading to the day’s slowest trot.
Quickest Trot: Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers – 19.5 seconds [video]
One of four home runs hit by the Rangers in Oakland. Out of the 14 home runs hit across the league on Thursday, this was the only trot to clock in under 20-seconds.
All of Today's Trots Shin-Soo Choo......25.5 Roberto Perez......22.18 Joey Votto.........23.68 Mark Teixeira......21.79 Salvador Perez.....23.35 Mitch Moreland.....21.35 Alex Rodriguez.....23.34 Adrian Beltre......20.8 J.D. Martinez......22.69 Jed Lowrie.........20.52 Pedro Alvarez......22.34 Rougned Odor.......19.5 Edwin Encarnacion..22.19 Jose Ramirez.......n/a