Tater Trot Tracker: April 20

New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez is congratulated after scoring during their MLB American League baseball game in Oakland

Home Run of the Day: Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves (Trot Time: 17.18 seconds) [video]

The Braves had quite a night. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and trailing 3-0, Troy Glaus hit a two-run home run. The next batter, Jason Heyward, tied it up with a home run himself. And, in the bottom of the 10th, Nate McLouth won the game on a walkoff home run. All three of those guys could normally be the home run of the day, but it’s pretty clear to me that the honor belongs to the young Heymaker. His sprint around the bases gives him the second-fastest non-inside-the-park trot of the year. Is there anything this kid can’t do?!

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Slowest Trot: Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees – 25.46 seconds [video]
I think many people believe A-Rod to be one of the game’s slowest trotters (or biggest showboats, if you want to think of it like that). It’s hard to say just yet, since this is only his second shot of the year. But times like this aren’t going to change anyone’s minds, that’s for sure.

Quickest Trot: Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves – 17.18 seconds [video]
Not sure there’s much more I can say about Jason Heyward. He’s fantastic to watch. The second-fastest trot of the day belonged to Cincinnatti’s Joey Votto, who flew around the bases in 18.73 seconds. St. Louis’s Ryan Ludwick also had a nice time of 19.3 seconds, though his feet weren’t in-camera, so the time may be a bit off.

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.