Victor Martinez Clocks in at 33-seconds

I’ve said it a dozen times before, but Victor Martinez is easily the most underrated slow trotter in baseball. We all know David Ortiz and Billy Butler and Hanley Ramirez, and we think we know Miguel Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion, but Victor Martinez is rarely mentioned in discussions for the slow trot Hall of Fame. Even when Martinez joined the 30-second club last summer, he didn’t seem to move the needle like so many of his peers.

When news came out this winter that Martinez would be undergoing knee surgery, it did not bode well for his tater trot times (well, unless you enjoy the slow trots like me). On Wednesday, Martinez finally hit his first home run of 2015. A no-doubter off of Chicago’s Chris Sale, Martinez made his way slowly around the bases [video]. The official trot time comes in at 33.08 seconds. (Coincidentally, Martinez’s first 30-second trot last year was also against the White Sox.)

According to the All-Time Tater Trot Tracker Leaderboard, Wednesday’s trot from Martinez is the second-slowest non-injury trot of all time, behind only David Ortiz’s April 2014 stroll. (To be clear, an “injury trot” is when the player gets injured during his trot, not when a hobbled or gimpy player trots home.) In fact, the 33.08 second trot ties exactly with Luis Hernandez who, in 2010, was forced to trot out a home run only one pitch after breaking his foot on a foul ball. Now that’s an injury trot!

As the season progresses, Martinez will undoubtedly get healthier and start cranking out the home runs like he’s always done. It’s a good bet that he’ll speed up those trots as well, even if it is only to the 27 or 28-second range. In the meanwhile, I’m excited to see just how a hobbled Victor Martinez reshapes the Tater Trot Tracker Leaderboard. It should be fun.

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.